Mental Health Specialist, Certificate of Achievement

Upon successful completion of the Mental Health Specialist certificate, the student will be prepared to work at the San Joaquin County Office of Mental Health as a Mental Health Specialist. The student will take academic courses to prepare him/her for this position. The student will receive training on how to: provide case management for a routine client caseload; provide group and individual counseling for emotional, drug, alcohol or other mental health problems; provide in-service training to speakers, educators and counselors; assist in managing a large mental health program or manage a small program.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to apply counseling skills and techniques. This will be assessed through the courses in the program.
  2. Students will have the skills needed to obtain entry level position in counseling or related fields. This will be assessed through the courses in the program.

Core Requirements

Complete 35 units

BIOL 011

Humans in the Biological World

4

COMS ST 007

Intercultural Communication

3

CSA 020

MS Word, Excel, and Access (CSA 020 is equivalent to CS 020)

3

H S 036

Medical Terminology and Speech

3

PSYCH 001

Introduction to Psychology

3

PSYCH 003

Personal and Social Psychology

3

PSYCH 006

Lifespan Psychology

3

PSYCH 007

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSYCH 040

Case Management and Treatment Planning

3

PSYCH 045A/ SOCIO O45A

Beginning Field Practicum

2

PSYCH 045B/ SOCIO O45B

Intermediate Field Practicum

2

SOCIO 001A

Introduction to Sociology

3

Restricted Electives

Complete 3 units selected from:

ENG 001A

Reading and Composition

3

ENG 079

Preparatory English

5

Minimum Units Required: 38

Complete each course with a grade of "C" or better.