Type: Career, Certificate (C1)
Open Admissions
Division: Health And Human Services

To provide formalized education for both entry level workers and current workers who do not have college education. This certificate will qualify students to work in the field of Mental Health as Direct Support Professionals, Outreach Counselors or Educational Specialists. It will also qualify students to work as Relief staff on weekends or as Part Time Staff in various Human Service Programs. The one-year Certificate program leads directly into the two-year Human Services Practitioner Associate Degree program.

Learner Outcomes
  • Identify mental health risk factors associated with crisis prevention and intervention.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of cultural competence; provide ethical and culturally sensitive care.
  • Demonstrate development of entry level mental health worker interpersonal skills.
  • Identify, evaluate and utilize effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication skills.
  • Understand and apply effective, evidence-based counseling and theoretical approaches with individuals, families and groups.
  • Develop critical thinking skills to address issues in the mental health field.
  • Properly use basic mental health terms, concepts and data.
  • Utilize a strength based, resilience and humanistic perspective.
  • Engage in ongoing self-assessment and self care to maintain attentiveness to professional competence.
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