WHO ARE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKERS?
Community Mental Health Workers are employed in public and private social/human service. The culturally-appropriate range of services they offer include:
- individual, group, and family supportive counseling,
- consumer advocacy and liaison,
management and systems navigation,
- wellness and recovery action
- crisis intervention, and
- behavioral health education.
WHAT IS THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFICATE PROGRAM?
It is a three-semester 16 unit college-level certification designed
to provide the skills and knowledge needed to become a mental health
service provider and to further your path toward greater professional
and educational opportunity. Our program responds to the Mental Health
Services Act, the San Francisco Department of Public Health, and City
College of San Francisco’s vision to train:
- culturally and linguistically diverse communities,
- consumers of mental health services,
- allies in the recovery and wellness
model in mental health.
HOW DO I GET STARTED?
Admission to the program is based on the completion of the prerequisite course Health 91D, Introduction to the Recovery Model in Mental Health (1 unit) with a grade of C or higher. The introductory course examines the shift in emphasis and approach to working with consumers of mental health services and family members highlighting self-determination, empowerment, wellness and recovery. During the introductory course you will receive an overview of:
- the certificate program,
- supportive services,
- career planning,
- academic success
- the Mental Health Services Act, and
- survey for academic readiness.
HOW MIGHT THIS HELP FURTHER A PERSON’S CAREER IN MENTAL HEALTH?
The program offers future workers a comprehensive introduction to
the field of recovery/wellness in mental health and current workers
the opportunity for advancement. The program includes:
- a certification that documents your mastery of critical skills
and knowledge as a recovery and wellness service provider in mental
- exploration of culturally diverse approaches
to wellness and recovery through a formal internship,
- formation of relationships with employers and others in the
field of mental and behavioral health,
- a chance to
pursue advanced employment opportunities, increased compensation,
and/or promotion, and
- a pathway and linkages to
undergraduate programs and degrees.
WHY SHOULD I ATTEND CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO?
Enrollment in CCSF’s Community Mental Health Certificate Program
- the benefits of experienced faculty with close professional
and community ties,
- project-based curriculum linking
real-world experience with coursework, and
120-hour internship providing front-line experience in a supportive
Other benefits for students include affordable tuition and financial
aid, evening and weekend course options, a path toward achieving a
degree or transfer, access to a full range of supportive and
counseling services, and scholarships or stipends for those who
ARE ANY OF THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER CERTIFICATE COURSES
TRANSFERABLE TO THE CSUs AND UC?
Most courses in the certificate are transferable to the CSUs. Some students do decide to pursue a Bachelor's or a Master's degree in fields such as Counseling, Social Work, or Nonprofit Management to expand their career opportunities. If you are interested in transfer, we recommend that you meet with an Academic Counselor to make sure you are on track to meet transfer requirements.
WHAT KINDS OF JOBS ARE AVAILABLE FOR PEOPLE WHO COMPLETE THE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH WORKER CERTIFICATE?
Frontline mental health jobs are often listed with job titles like
Peer Specialist, Community Mental Health Worker, Peer Counselor, or
Mental Health Outreach Worker. Typically program graduates seek
employment with public agencies like San Francisco's Department of
Public Health or Alameda County's Department of Mental Health, as well
as nonprofit agencies. Part-time and on-call jobs offer wages
starting at around $12-18/hour, and full-time jobs typically offer
$30,000-$40,000 starting salary.