Completion of the MHF Greek pilot training program in the 14th of December 2013.

Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)

Training Program


Developed by the National Board for Certified Counselors International (NBCC-I) 


Description: The Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program is designed to improve access to community-based mental health care. The MHF program, initially conceptualized in collaboration with the World Health Organization, was developed by NBCC-I. In practice, the MHF program consists of a training framework and a defined set of helping skills, and generates a registry of individuals who have completed the training. The MHF training focuses on preparing individuals for a variety of basic mental health situations in a multicultural and multidiscipline context. The MHF program is not designed to create a new mental health profession. Registrants retain their professional identity and augment their work with MHF skills.


Mission Statement: Mental health facilitators contribute to the general well-being of their communities, promote development of relationships to help individuals realize their abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, find success and fulfillment in their work. A comprehensive set of mental health concepts and skills is presented in a training program based on a core curriculum written for individuals outside the mental health professions.


The MHF base curriculum includes these core competencies:

  • Helping skills Human Development
  • Mental stress, distress and disorders Success and fulfilment in the work
  • Disaster / trauma response Understanding problems
  • Decision Making Making Referrals & Consulting
  • Community services


Participants' Profile: The workshop is open to professionals in the field of mental health:

GCDFs, counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, sociologists, nurses,  and related professions, teachers, educators, managers.


Why Are MHFs Needed?

This program tries to correct the imbalance between mental health care needs and resources.

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 450 million people live with unmet mental health needs. Additionally, one in four people will experience psychological distress and will meet criteria for a diagnosable mental disorder.
  • Even in wealthy countries, there are not enough trained care providers.
  • Unmet mental health needs are costly socially and economically.


Duration: 30 hours 

Dates: 15th & 16th/11, 28th-30th/11, 13th & 14th/12 2013

Cost/Fees: 250,00 euros + VAT per person


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