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Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Mental Health First Aid for Fitness Trainers

Understand the first response when encountering a person with a mental health problem, or experiencing a traumatic event.

Personal Trainer's Toolkit: Mental Health First Aid for Fitness Trainers
  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
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Develop an understanding of mental health conditions to support your clients.

This online Short Course will provide an overview of mental health disorders and outlines the first response when encountering a person with a mental health problem, or experiencing a traumatic event or crisis. The course will outline appropriate strategies for the first responder to use in managing the situation until professional help is available.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

Outline the incidence and causes of mental health conditions. Describe the appropriate response strategies recommended as a first responder when managing a person in crisis. Understand methods of managing the person once a crisis has deescalated. Discuss why professional help is recommended and list referral pathways in Australia.

What topics will you cover?

  • Overview of Mental Health Disorders
  • Client Management with Mental Health Disorders
  • Mental Health Misconceptions
  • Referrals, Pre-screening and Mental Illness
  • IDEAS Framework
  • De-Escalation
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations

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Who is this accredited by?

Fitness Australia
Fitness Australia:

This course is accredited by Fitness Australia, a global leader in best practice for fitness professionals.

Learning on this course

You can take this self-guided course and learn at your own pace. On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Explain the incidence and causes of mental health conditions in Australia.
  • Describe the appropriate response strategies recommended as a first responder when managing a person in crisis.
  • Explain methods of managing the person once a crisis has desescalated.
  • Discuss why professional help is recommended and list referral pathways in Australia.

Who is the course for?

This course is for fitness professionals. It will ensure that they are equipped to deal with the mental health issues that exercise and fitness training can present. It will enable trainers to understand and react to trauma and mental health concerns in their clients.

Who developed the course?

Central Queensland University

CQUniversity is Australia’s leading regional university.

Our courses are designed alongside industry and many include hands-on, practical learning experiences and project-based learning. Our commitment to making real-world knowledge and skills accessible to all has seen us being awarded global recognition. We are ranked among the top 2% of Universities in the world.

  • Established

    1992
  • Location

    Rockhampton, Australia
  • World ranking

    Top 500Source: QS World University Rankings 2020

About this ExpertTrack

Turn your passion for fitness into a successful and socially responsible business with specialist advice from CQUniversity.

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  • Pay $39 per month to keep learning online
  • Have complete control over your subscription; you can cancel any time
  • Work at your own pace and set your own deadlines at every stage
  • Only pay while you’re learning; the subscription will cancel automatically when you finish
  • Complete online assessments to test your knowledge and prove your skills
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  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
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Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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