Program Description

This program provides education and training for individuals who want to work with growing populations of the elderly, people with disabilities, substance abusers and those in need of job training. Social and human service assistants help social workers, health care workers and other professionals provide services to people, asses clients needs, investigate their eligibility for benefits and services and help to obtain them.

Our certificate program trains students generally in all areas of inpatient mental health. Students will acquire a basic background in counseling, and the technical skills needed to provide those in need with daily living assistance. They will also become aware of existing human service organizations. Students learn to plan programs, assess patients, and implement strategies. Because documentation is also an important part of the practice of mental health assistance, those interested often study report formatting, communication, and mental health terminology.

Coursework includes topics such as:

  • Effective communication in small groups
  • Developing individualized programs
  • Strategies in case management
  • Preventing, managing and defusing crises situations
  • Issues for children and adolescents
  • Interview techniques and counseling methods

According to BLS, the 2017 median pay at $14.10/hour.

Textbooks:

  • Foundations of Mental Health Care, 6th Edition