The Mental Health Worker Certificate of Achievement program provides the knowledge, skills, and cultural competencies needed to engage in best practices in the field of mental health. It prepares individuals to work as paraprofessionals in entry-level positions in the field of mental health. The Mental Health Worker program introduces students to co-occurring disorders and integrated services, benefits and entitlement acquisitions, the recovery model, and the early identification of mental health issues and evidence-based practices. This program option combines the Human Services behavioral core skills training and clinical supervised experiential learning in Cooperative Work Experience mental health fieldwork settings.
A minimum grade of “C” in all courses is required to receive the certificate.
Completion of the nine (9) Mental Health Core Courses are prerequisites for the Mental Health Worker Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) [Internship] and is required for the completion of the Mental Health Worker Program. Visit the Human Services website at https://www.saddleback.edu/hs/human-services for the Mental Health Worker Roadmap chart. CWE Information Sessions are scheduled in Spring semesters to inform students of the CWE orientation and placement process. Check the Human Services website or Facebook page for the dates and times.
Program Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete this program will be able to:
Demonstrate multiple approaches in their work with the mental health and co-occurring populations.
Apply the principles of the Recovery Model to mental health interventions.
Impart appropriate intervention practices to use with individuals and families impacted by mental health and/or co-occurring disorders.
Use Mental Health Services behavioral core skills training and experiential learning in mental health settings.