Mental Health Practitioner

The Mental Health Program is designed to meet the needs of the community's health care delivery system. The program prepares and trains middle level workers to serve as part of an interdisciplinary team.

The 'generalist' model is employed as the basis of training mental health/human service workers to respond to the direct needs of the clients and to the systems that treat them. In addition to a curriculum that presents history, models of treatment, diagnosis, assessment, treatment planning and crisis intervention, there is an emphasis on the student’s own awareness of his/her values, attitudes and growth.

As a caregiver, the potential mental health worker needs to be aware of his or her development as a total person in order to view the client as a whole person and respond to the client's needs appropriately.


Associate of Applied Science Certificate

Graduates of the CCBC Mental Health program are prepared to provide comprehensive services in varied facilities to maintain an integrated continuity of care. Some examples of disciplines where mental health workers practice:
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers
  • Teachers
  • Nurses
  • Law enforcement
  • Court systems

The CCBC Mental Health program is accredited by the Council for Standard in Human Services Education (CSHSE). Graduates of the program are immediately eligible to sit for the national certification of the Human Service-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP).

Student Achievement Indicators

The CCBC Mental Health program is a selective admission program. Although there are students who identify as Mental Health majors, the numbers presented in these statistics are students who applied and were accepted into the program.

Year Students accepted in Spring Retention (Spring 2017) Graduation (3 clinical courses completed) Transfer to B.S./B.A./BSW
2012 15 12 12 6
2013 18 18 13 4
2014 17 19* 21** 6
2015 14 11 13 6
* two students returned to school to continue with second year classes
**Students from previous classes completed the last clinical course

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