FAQs for the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF)

  1. What is NBCC’s relationship to the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program?
  2. Does this program create a new profession?
  3. What are the advantages of MHF training?
  4. What does an MHF training include?
  5. What is MHF registration and what are the requirements?
  6. Will I be able to call myself an MHF after I complete the training?
  7. What can an MHF do for the community?
  8. The MHF training looks similar to more advanced mental health training, such as counseling. How is it different?
  9. Can MHFs compete with other mental health providers?
  10. Will I need additional training?
  11. Will outcome research be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the trainers and the program?
  12. Where can MHF registrants work?
  13. Whom do I contact to take MHF training or find an MHF in my community?

1. What is NBCC’s relationship to the Mental Health Facilitator (MHF) program?

NBCC (the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. & Affiliates) created the MHF program through its division, NBCC International, which administers the program.

2. Does this program create a new profession?

The MHF program does not create a new profession. Rather, it is a training curriculum and registry program to complement existing mental health resources within a country or region.

3. What are the advantages of MHF training?

MHF training teaches fundamental mental health knowledge and skills, including response and referral. Individuals who come into contact with people as a part of their job—especially vulnerable populations (i.e., children, older adults) or people in tenuous situations (i.e., physically ill or hurt, refugees, victims of natural/man-made disasters)—will be able to apply this knowledge to better assess, assist and assign/refer to a mental health professional when needed.

4. What does an MHF training include?

The MHF training is a 30-hour introduction to helping skills, working with integrity, diversity, trauma, suicide prevention, referral and consultation, and other mental health-related knowledge. It is taught by qualified registered program trainers.

5. What is MHF registration and what are the requirements?

An individual must complete the entire training course in order to be registered. Anyone who wishes to take the MHF training can apply through an NBCC-I designated training partner. Individuals who complete the training are automatically listed in the MHF registry.

6. Will I be able to call myself an MHF after I complete the training?

"MHF” is only an abbreviation for “Mental Health Facilitator.” It is not a professional designation, such as a professional license or certification. While it is OK to refer to yourself as an MHF in conversation, it is not acceptable to include the letters after your name.

7. What can an MHF do for the community?

Mental health is one of the most neglected aspects of health care. An individual with MHF training can complement existing resources in a community by helping anyone who appears to have a mental health-related problem. They also can use their knowledge of community resources for referral purposes.

8. The MHF training looks similar to more advanced mental health training, such as counseling. How is it different?

The MHF training introduces basic mental health concepts to trainees. It does not have the breadth and depth of more advanced mental health training, including that which leads to an academic degree, professional certification or license to practice.

9. Can MHFs compete with other mental health providers?

They do not compete with other mental health providers. They will complement existing resources and, when needed, refer individuals to mental health providers

10. Will I need additional training?

If you have the opportunity to learn more from a mental health professional, we encourage you to do so. In addition, the NBCC-I Web site offers online MHF modules to help you learn more about various topics. These modules are free for MHFs and will help you expand your knowledge of topics that are important in your role as a Mental Health Facilitator.

11. Will outcome research be conducted to determine the effectiveness of the trainers and the program?

Outcome research is currently being conducted as part of NBCC-I’s quality control procedures.

12. Where can MHF registrants work?

Registrants work in a wide variety of settings, such as schools, hospitals, clinics, colleges and universities, daycare centers and orphanages, community centers and many others.

13. Whom do I contact to take MHF training or find an MHF in my community?

Please contact NBCC International at nbccinternational@nbcc.org with any questions.