AmeriCorps Mental Health First Aid Training Instructor

Program:         Healthy Minds Alliance
Position:          Mental Health First Aid Training Instructor
Reports to:       Host Site (The Josselyn Center) Supervisor

 Healthy Minds Alliance Mission: Healthy Minds Alliance is a community-based approach to the mental health crisis utilizing evidenced-based gatekeeper programs such as Mental Health First Aid to train community members on how to prevent, detect, and support people with a mental illness. 

 Purpose of Position: The AmeriCorps Member at The Josselyn Center will serve as an instructor of Mental Health First Aid and additional versions of the program in the community, certifying members of the public. The AmeriCorps Member will be trained as an instructor in the Mental Health First Aid program(s).

 Responsibilities include:

  • Participate in designated Mental Health First Aid program instructor training (Date & Location TBD)
  • Disseminate Mental Health First Aid certification classes in area communities
  • Reach out to local communities for course participants, as well as recruit and engage community partners
  • Market the program through press releases, social media and informational sessions
  • Track each participant certified through pre- and post-evaluations
  • Submit evaluations as directed by Health360 and the training entity
  • Advertise courses to the public as designated training site
  • Establish and foster relationships with community mental health agencies as partners and resources
  • Serve as a resource to course participants on an ongoing basis
  • Respect the privacy of course participants, colleagues and others, including the responsibility to protect personal information
  • Advocate for mental health awareness by promoting the principles of the course whenever possible
  • When needed, grant writing to support mental health-focused activities
  • Participate in AmeriCorps large service project
  • Participate in monthly calls held nationally by Health360
  • Assist The Josselyn Center with ongoing mental health community initiatives and events

 Experience Preferred:

  • Personal and/or professional knowledge of mental health topics
  • Strong teaching and/or training skills and experience, especially with adult learners
  • Understanding of mental health issues and resources
  • Skills and experience facilitating diverse groups and creating/maintaining a positive, effective learning environment
  • Knowledge about mental health resources in her/his community and state
  • Positive attitudes towards individuals with mental illnesses
  • Enthusiasm for reducing the stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and addiction disorders

 Details and Benefits include:

  • Complete a 10-month commitment to begin as scheduled with The Josselyn Center, specific dates will be determined*
  • Full-time AmeriCorps position – 1,700 service hours – 40 hours per week, 5 holidays, 2.5 personal days
  • AmeriCorps Members receive a $13,992 stipend for their service – paid biweekly = 22 checks
  • $6,095 Education Award upon completion of service commitment (1,700 service hours)
  • Bachelor’s Degree required

*Term of service is limited to a maximum of 12 months with approval by Health360.

To submit your resume for this position, please email:

Bernadette Kaleta, LPC
The Josselyn Center
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Healthy Minds Alliance does not discriminate against applicants/ members on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetic information.  Reasonable accommodations during recruitment and service are available upon request through the contact below.  Request deadlines are determined on a case by case basis. "A proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network"

The Josselyn Center

405 Central Ave.
Northfield, IL 60093

Phone: 847-441-5600

Fax: 847-441-7968

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