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2018-2019

Career Certificate

Mental Health Specialist

The Mental Health Specialist Certificate provides the student with the knowledge and skills to effectively work in a mental health agency. Students will be introduced to assessment, recordkeeping, and counseling skills necessary to work in the field of mental health.

Upon completion of the certificate, students will be able to:

  • Apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to client contact within a social services setting.
  • Perform professionally, legally, and ethically, displaying cultural competence, according to the Ethical Standards for Human Services professionals.
  • Establish rapport with individuals with mental health disorders.
  • Demonstrate ability to counsel clients with mental health disorders.
  • Critically review literature on mental health disorders. 

Note:

For mental health specialist, placement should be in a mental health facility.


General Education Requirements(12 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (3 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
Technology (3 credits)
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
Social Science (6 credits)
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3

Certificate Requirements(19 credits)

Code Name Credits
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HS 111 Introduction to Mental Health 3
HS 203 Counseling Techniques 3
HS 204 Group Dynamics 3
HS 207 Human Services Program Field Experience I 4
HS 212 Mental Health Counseling 3

Total Credits 31


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Total 12.0
Second Semester Credits
HS 111 Introduction to Mental Health 3.0
HS 203 Counseling Techniques 3.0
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3.0
Total 9.0
Third Semester Credits
HS 204 Group Dynamics 3.0
HS 207 Human Services Program Field Experience I 4.0
HS 212 Mental Health Counseling 3.0
Total 10.0