MHA Academy

Courses Available

Nurse Aide

Restorative Care-Specialty

Community Health Worker

Fundamentals of Behavioral Health 

LTC Nurse Leadership Development Series 

Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB)

Activity Director–Coming Soon!


Nurse Aide

North Central MT AHEC offers an online state approved didactic nurse aide curriculum, which established CNA programs can use in place of a staff member/instructor teaching the didactic portion out of a textbook.  The online classes are 97 hours and take 8 weeks to complete.  Students are assigned weekly self-paced modules. The facility/school is responsible for completing the clinical skills training checklist and testing.

NC MT AHEC provides technical assistance to the students as well as progress reports to the facility/school. The cost per student is $350.

Registration information

Register online

Contact information

Shani Rich: shani.rich@mtha.org; 406-457-8018


Restorative Care-Specialty

Coming soon


Community Health Worker

This course provides the knowledge and skills to become a Community Health Worker (CHW). A CHW can serve as a link between health and social services and the community, as well as, support access to those services. CHWs can be engaged in various activities including outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy depending on the needs of the employing facility/organization. The course consists of 4 online learning modules and a 25 hour supervised experience.

The MT Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) provide online course instruction and technical assistance to the students as well as technical assistance to the host facility.  The host facility is responsible for providing a 25 hour supervised experience.  Scholarships may be available for facilities/students.

Class Schedule

  • October 2018
  • January 2019
  • April 2019
  • July 2019
  • October 2019

Registration information

Register online

Contact information

Shani Rich: shani.rich@mtha.org; 406-457-8018


Fundamentals of Behavioral Health

Fundamentals of Behavioral Health (FBH) provides staff working in a healthcare or social service setting with the knowledge and skills to effectively work with individuals with behavioral health problems or mental health disorders. Students will learn to recognize, appropriately respond, and adapt to unpredictable situations that may be encountered. The six week instructor led contains weekly online learning modules.

The MT Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) provide online course instruction and technical assistance to the students as well as technical assistance to the host facility.  Scholarships may be available for facilities/students.

Class Schedule

  • August 2018
  • November 2018
  • February 2019
  • May 2019
  • August 2019
  • November 2019

Registration information

Register online

Contact information

Shani Rich: shani.rich@mtha.org; 406-457-8018


Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an 8-hour in-person training appropriate for anyone who wants to learn how about mental illnesses and addictions, including rick factors and warning signs. This training teaches participants a 5-step action plan to help a person in crisis connect with a professional, peer, social and self-help care.

Mental Health First Aid training can help those who regularly engage with individuals who may experience mental health challenges and is most appropriate for audiences with no prior training or experience with mental health or substance use. Using scenarios and role playing, participants are given the opportunity to practice their new skills and gain confidence in helping others who may be developing a mental health or substance use challenge, or those in distress.

Registration Information

Register Online

Contact Information

Shani Rich: shani.rich@mtha.org; 406-457-8018
Natascha Robinson: natascha.robinson@mtha.org; 406-457-8048


Youth Mental Health First Aid

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff, peers, neighbors, health and human services workers, and other caring citizens how to help an adolescent (age 12-18) who is experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge or is in crisis. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development, and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, substance use, disorders in which psychosis may occur, disruptive behavior disorders (including AD/HD), and eating disorders.

Registration information

Facility/group YMHFA training is offered through the North Central MT and South Central MT AHECs; Register Here

Contact information

Natascha Robinson: natascha.robinson@mtha.org; 406-457-8048
Shani Rich: shani.rich@mtha.org; 406-457-8018


Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day in-person interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

Studies show that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings in those at risk and is a cost-effective way to help address the problem of suicide.

Learning goals and objectives
Over the course of their two-day workshop, ASIST participants learn to:
• Understand the ways that personal and societal attitudes affect views on suicide and interventions
• Provide guidance and suicide first aid to a person at risk in ways that meet their individual safety needs
• Identify the key elements of an effective suicide safety plan and the actions required to implement it
• Appreciate the value of improving and integrating suicide prevention resources in the community at large
• Recognize other important aspects of suicide prevention including life-promotion and self-care

Workshop features:
• A scientifically proven intervention model
• Powerful audiovisual learning aids
• Group discussions
• Skills practice and development
• A balance of challenge and safety

Registration information

Registration Here


Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB®)

Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB®) is an in-person training with a variety of options, including a 4-hour, 8-hour, or 2-day course option. MOAB® presents principles techniques, and skills for recognizing, reducing, and managing violent and aggressive behavior. The program also provides humane and compassionate methods of dealing with aggressive people. MOAB® techniques provide research based nonverbal, verbal and physical skills as well as personal defense and safety skills. MOAB® goes beyond the strategies for preventing and diffusing a crisis. It addresses the multitude of crises and stages of conflict to help clam people, diffuse anxious or aggressive behavior, avoid violence and injuries, and create confidence and the ability to improve any situation and minimize or eliminate lawsuits.

Registration Information:

Register Here

Contact information

Natascha Robinson: natascha.robinson@mtha.org; 406-457-8048