Careers at Lifespan Health System

Mental Health Worker Training Program

Workforce Solutions, Training, and Teamwork (STAT) Mental Health Worker Training Program features a series of free, educational training and support services for those ages 18 and older. The goal of the program is to meet industry needs by rapidly transforming a group of unemployed and underemployed entry-level Rhode Islanders into prepared, well-qualified Mental Health Trainers. 

Program graduates are expected to secure employment at Lifespan for at least one year following program completion. Employment at Lifespan may allow you opportunities to advance over time to higher levels of education and employment in the high-demand healthcare industry.

Workforce Development Trainees

How to Register

For information about the next cohort, submit the Workforce STAT Interest Form and you will be notified by email when the next program is scheduled to begin.  

Sign up online

More About the Mental Health Worker Training Program

Each cohort of students completes a free, five-week program consisting of:

  • Practical work experience through an internship with local hospital partners.
  • Mental Health competency skill training in the classroom.
  • Structured work-readiness training and workshops to build employability skills.
  • The possibility of employment upon successful completion of the program.

Students who successfully complete the program will have the following certifications: AHA Basic Life Support Healthcare Provider, AHA First Aid, Safety-Care Behavioral Safety Training, and Mental Health First Aid.

Job Responsibilities

The program will require students to:

  • Engage patients in therapeutic activities designed to meet treatment plan goals.
  • Run therapeutic social groups within the milieu to foster growth in the patient population.
  • Collaborate with members of the treatment team to identify patient needs and strengths and develop appropriate treatment interventions.
  • Document patient response to treatment interventions and report back to the treatment team.
  • Observe patient peer interactions and support patients in their attempts to navigate the milieu.
  • Support patients in personal routines and activities of daily living.
  • Help patients work through difficult situations and implement verbal de-escalation skills as needed to maintain patient safety.
  • Responsibilities may vary depending on patient population.

Program Completion Requirements       

Students should note that:

  • Attendance is mandatory. Students who miss workshops, internship, or class could be subject to dismissal from the program.
  • A certificate will be awarded to those candidates who have successfully completed the program.