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Graduates from the Community Mental Health Certificate Program at City College of San Francisco will possess the skills, knowledge, and competencies to effectively perform as behavioral health workers, care managers, community advocates, peer counselors, group facilitators, systems navigators, team coordinators, and other behavioral health related positions. The certificate may also enhance promotional opportunities at work. 

Prerequisite Course:
HLTH 91D Introduction – Recovery Model in Mental Health – Prerequisite (1 unit)


Required Courses:

HLTH 88 Family Systems: Theories and Practice (3 units)
HLTH 102 Helping Relationships: Recovery and Wellness (3 units)
HLTH 103 Community and Group Forums (3 units)
HLTH 104 Internship Preparation and Professional Conduct (3 units)
HLTH 105 Internship Placement and Performance (3 units)
Approved Elective (1 unit)
TOTAL:  16 units


Students will need 16 units to graduate, but may have more than 16 units if the elective they choose is a 2 or 3 unit course. See the Approved Elective list in the CMHW Program Overview document (link below).

This is a sample pathway through the certificate, after completion of the prerequisite HLTH 91D:


First Semester (Fall)
HLTH 102 Helping Relationships: Recovery and Wellness (3)
Approved Elective (1)
Total (4 units)


Second Semester (Spring)

HLTH 103 Community and Group Forums (3)
HLTH 104 Internship Preparation and Professional Conduct  (3)
Total (6 units)


Third Semester (Fall)
HLTH 88 Family Systems: Theories and Practice (3)
HLTH 105 Internship Placement and Performance (3)
Internship Placement 120 hours (8 hours per week for 15 weeks)
Total (6 units)
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After 3 semesters:  Completion of 16 units

Supportive Services
The CMHC program incorporates supportive services designed to enhance student retention, access, and  success. Support includes, but is not limited to assistance and direct personal link with:


•  College Application and Course Registration
•  Student Health Center
•  Learning Assistance Center
•  Tutoring and Mentoring
•  Office of Financial Aid
•  Disable Student Programs and Services (DSPS)
•  Extended Opportunities Program and Services (EOPS)
•  Career Development and Counseling
•  Academic Counseling
•  Peer Care Manager
•  Systems Navigator
•  Behavioral Health Specialist

Access to Faculty and Staff
At the CMHC program, students will have access to the program coordinator and assistant program coordinator. Each student will also be encouraged to meet one-to-one with a Peer Care Manager (PCM) and the Behavioral Health Specialist (BHS) at least one time per semester. Meetings with the PCM and BHS will serve as consultations and check-in regarding progress, accomplishments, and needs. The PCM team consists of two advanced CCSF certificate students, one graduate student, and Dr. Sal Núñez, Program Coordinator. The peer care managers and behavioral health specialist offer peer-based outreach, linkage, mentoring, and care management services to new and continuing students in the CMHC. They facilitate “survival tips” workshops and on-going individual peer counseling and social-support groups. They draw on student centered and motivational interviewing skills to collaboratively support students. The PCM also help students develop personalized and comprehensive wellness and recovery action plans tailored to address needs. Such needs may include, but not limited to: tutoring, computer literacy skills, financial aid, parenting classes, academic counseling, health care, and other services.