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BHS Degree Program: Community Mental Health Certificate

YCCC Certificate Programs are intended to equip students who are looking to enter the job market quickly with the skills they need. All of YCCC’s Certificate Programs are “stackable” - designed to allow the student’s Certificate credits to transfer into the Associate Degree program. Many students are choosing this option which allows them to earn the credentials they need to get started in their chosen career field and then complete their degree part-time while working.  

Certificate programs at YCCC are designed to lead to either employment and/or college transfer, and we want to provide prospective students with gainful employment disclosure information prior to admission/enrollment in those programs.
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Career Opportunities

Qualified graduates of the Community Mental Health certificate will be eligible for entry level employment at community health centers, hospitals, schools, social service and mental health programs, and child care settings. Specific jobs may include, but are not limited to, Community Support Worker, Residential Service Worker, Rehabilitation Technician, Youth and Family Counselor, Case Manager, Direct Support Professional, Life Skills Coach, and In-home Support Worker. 

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The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than one year to complete the program.
The Community Mental Health Certificate Program is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a position in the mental health field or provide an opportunity for advancement through credentialing for those already working in the field. Areas of study include trauma, vocational rehabilitation, substance abuse, listening/communication techniques, and cultural awareness. Upon completion of the certificate requirements students are eligible to apply for the Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community (MHRT/ ) certificate through the State of Maine. This certificate represents the minimum licensing qualifications necessary for working in the mental health field in Maine and is required for all positions funded by the Main Department of Health and Human Services. The courses in this program are transferable to th Behavioral Health Studies program. 

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES: Students who successfully complete the Community Mental Health Certificate will be able to: 
  1. Demonstrate cultural awareness and sensitivity to working with diverse populations.
  2. Utilize listening and communication techniques which demonstrate an empathic and non-judgmental approach to helping clients.
  3. Articulate awareness of the importance of self-care and what that means for them as an individual.
  4. Collaborate with clients to optimize access to services.
  5. Recognize the importance of adhering to ethical guidelines relating to issues such as confidentiality and providing services in the least restrictive setting.

Community Mental Health Certificate
Program Sheet

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