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Resilient Minds Instructor Trainer – 1 Contractual Position Available

The Canadian Mental Health Association – Newfoundland and Labrador (CMHA-NL) is seeking a contractual Fire Fighter Instructor Trainer to co-facilitate Resilient Minds (RM) — Building the Psychological Strength of Fire Fighters. This 3-year term will be based in St. John’s, with travel throughout the province as necessary.

About Resilient Minds (RM) — Building the Psychological Strength of Fire Fighters

This program was originally developed by CMHA and Vancouver Fire Rescue Services (VFRS). It is specifically designed for firefighters and support staff to help build the psychological strength and resiliency of firefighters.

About the Position

Supported by CMHA and their Fire Department, certified Fire Fighter Instructor Trainers (FF ITs) will teach fire fighters who have been recommended by their fire department to be Peer Instructors, delivering the RM four-module program to their local crews (peers).

In the Train-the-Trainer (TTT) Course, Instructor Trainers teach Peer Instructor candidates knowledge of psychological health as it relates to both their jobs and interpersonal relationships and develop their capacity and confidence to deliver the program to their peers.

A CMHA-NL Instructor Trainer (CMHA IT) and a Fire Fighter Instructor Trainer (FF IT) co-teach the TTT course: The FF IT brings active firefighting experience, knowledge, and understanding of teaching fire fighters; The CMHA-NL IT brings subject matter expertise in mental health to the course.


To ensure excellent representation of CMHA and quality control in program delivery, CMHA has identified criteria necessary to qualify for training as a Resilient Minds Fire Fighter Instructor Trainer:

  • Presently working as a career or volunteer firefighter, or be recently retired from such (within the past five years).
  • Experience in adult education or prior experience delivering instruction, such as “Fire Instructor 1”, which has given candidate the skills to deliver content and effectively engage a group.
  • Recognized as a champion for mental health.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Preference will be given to candidates who have the following assets:

  • Certification in the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation (ICISF) Individual and/or Group Crisis Intervention CISM model, or active involvement with a Critical Incident Stress Management team.
  • Completion of a suicide intervention and/or prevention program, such as Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) or safeTalk™.
  • Completion of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA).
To Apply:

Interested candidates are requested to email a cover letter and their resume to Bernice Haley at bhaley@cmhanl.ca by July 6, 2020. We thank all applicants who apply; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.


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