Continuing Education

MHA Academy

A learning platform hosted by the Montana Hospital Association, North Central and South Central MT AHEC.



Current online course offerings


Community Health Worker (CHW)

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.


Fundamentals of Behavioral Health (FBH)

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.



Current in-person/online course offerings


Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA)

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.


Mental Health First Aid (MHFA)

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.


Management of Aggressive Behaviors (MOAB) Training

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.


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.



Other CE Opportunities


Montana Health Professions Continuing Education Calendar  – See upcoming educational opportunities available statewide in Montana.


Montana Healthcare Conference  – Billings, MT – Sept 21 – 24, 2021

Montana Hospital Association (MHA) hosts the largest gathering of health care professionals in the state and brings together hundreds of health care professionals to gain insight on leadership, new technology and industry trends, quality excellence and human motivation. Hospital employees also have the opportunity to network with colleagues and make business contacts at the trade show.


Friday Medical Conference – Friday Medical Conference (FMC) is a weekly Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunity for physicians, healthcare professionals, and several healthcare student programs.