Community Mental Health Worker Certificate

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Our Vision:

  • Empower a diverse group of individuals to use their experiences to advocate for others.
  • Cultivate a shift in the perception and delivery of mental health.
  • Transform communities through a collaborative approach to mental health.

The Community Mental Health Worker Certificate (CMHC) at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is a 18 unit program based on the wellness and recovery model in mental health. The curriculum is designed to train a diverse group of front-line health workers to provide culturally responsive mental health and recovery services in San Francisco. The program is focused on engaging mental health consumers, their family members, and other interested individuals and communities. It is comprised of courses that promote the development of skills needed to become gainfully employed as a mental health worker and enhance the knowledge base of those already employed. As part of their education, students will complete an internship with a local agency serving consumers of mental health services and family members. Students may also apply for the CMHC Scholarships and Vouchers to help with tuition, supplies, transportation and child care.

The curriculum infuses the recovery model in behavioral health, motivational interviewing, cultural responsiveness, computer literacy, writing skills, career planning, and person-centered strength based restorative approaches intended to support health and wellness. Instruction is tailored to meet diverse learning styles and integrates an experiential approach. Academic readiness and skills are surveyed in the introductory course.

Admission to the program is based on the completion of the prerequisite course HLTH 91D, Introduction to Recovery Model in Mental Health (1 unit) with a grade of C or higher. Students who reveal a need to build their academic readiness skills will be referred to the appropriate college courses (such as English, writing, composition, etc…) or community based programs such as the Peer Specialist Program at RAMS or the MHSA Training Institute. Once these students complete the recommended coursework or programs, they may re-register in HLTH 91D to pursue admissions into the Community Mental Health Certificate Program.


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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program students will be able to demonstrate the following:

1. Comprehend, apply, and evaluate information on wellness and recovery promotion, mental health management, evidence based approaches, and community defined practices. 

2. Demonstrate entry-level proficiency in skills including care brokerage, advocacy, outreach, systems navigation and linkage, documentation, and counseling.

3. Demonstrate the ability to work with members in diverse communities including children/youth, adults/older adults, families, and consumers of mental health services using principles of wellness and recovery and cultural humility.

4. Demonstrate the behavioral, ethical, and professional interpersonal skills necessary for employment in the field