CWI Offering Free Mental Health First Aid Training to Employees

Published: September 7, 2023

In an era where mental health concerns are on the rise, taking care of our well-being is more important than ever. At College of Western Idaho (CWI), we understand the importance of supporting the mental health of our students, faculty, and staff. The College is continuing to offer free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for the 2023-2024 academic year.

MHFA training consists of online modules completed in advance of the training date and either a Zoom or in-person meeting to practice the action plan. Gaining skills in non-judgmental listening, empowering people to promote help-seeking skills, and reducing stigma around mental health challenges, participants will enter a community of helpers at the College upon completion.

The certification lasts for three years.

Eleven CWI employees are certified MHFA instructors. So far approximately 200 CWI staff and faculty have taken the course and instructors hope to train at least 100 more this school year.

“Having College employees trained to offer assistance in a mental health situation is an important step in creating a culture of care on the CWI campus and in our communities,” said Jodi Hickenlooper, Assistant Director of Counseling and Wellness Services.

At CWI, we believe that investing in the mental health of our faculty and staff is not just a priority but a responsibility. We are proud to offer MHFA training as a valuable resource for our community. 

Faculty and staff are encouraged to complete MHFA training. It's a step towards fostering a campus environment that values mental health as highly as physical health. Together, we can make CWI a place where everyone feels supported, valued, and empowered.

CWI employees interested in MHFA training are encouraged to register for virtual and in-person sessions scheduled throughout the 2023-2024 academic year.

Friday, Nov. 17 — Virtual
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


Wednesday, Dec. 1 — In-person
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Ada County Center Pintail Building, Room 1318

Friday, Feb. 2 — In-person
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB), Room 106

Register for a MHFA Training 

For departments interested in booking a group training, MHFA instructors are happy to make that happen.

For those with questions or interested in learning more about MHFA trainings, please reach out to Jodi Hickenlooper at or

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