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    Mental Health Technician


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    Hours: 225
    Duration: 12 months

    Language: English

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    Certification included

    To request more information, you can contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    Online courses are accessible 24/7/365 and self-paced, allowing you to progress at your own pace on your own schedule. They can be taken from anywhere in the world from the comfort of your own home. Classroom courses have a set schedule of the days and times the courses will be held, and you must attend during those specific times.

    Find out if online learning is right for you by contacting our team of registration advisers. Our team is available to answer any of your questions about taking an online course before you commit to enrolling. We will walk you through what to expect to ensure you are making the right decision. You can contact a registration adviser today via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    No, you are not required to have a diploma or higher education degree to enroll in an online course. However, some occupations may require minimum educational thresholds for employment or certification. For more information on your desired career requirements, please contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    To take an online course, you will need to have access to an internet connection and an internet ready device such as a laptop, PC, or tablet. For course specific requirements, please visit the course page or contact a registration adviser today.

    Our courses are developed with multiple formats including text, audio, video, and interactivity. Our courses also include multiple resources and tools which can include flashcards, games, activities, and more.

    No, you can take the online courses from anywhere in the world.

    We participate in several financial assistance options including third party funding, both military and non-military. To request more information on the financial assistance options available and check your eligibility, contact us via online chat, our website contact form, or toll free at 1-855-201-6910.

    Duration is the amount of time you will receive access to your course. Durations vary by course and range between 1 month and 12 months. If you complete your course before your duration ends you will continue to have access to your course until the duration period ends.

    Many of our career training programs include certification vouchers. This means that at the successful completion of your course, at no additional charge, you will receive an exam voucher for the corresponding industry certification. This voucher will allow you to register and sit for the appropriate certification exam to obtain your industry credential.

    Our online courses are open enrollment, so you can start immediately. If you are using any third-party funding to cover your course tuition, your start date may be a future date determined by your funding program.

    Once enrolled, you will be assigned a client adviser who will provide you with customer and technical support. Your client adviser will supply you with your course access information, any needed materials, and be available to answer any questions you have during your training experience. They will regularly check-in with you to monitor your progress and assist you with staying on track. You will also be assigned to a course mentor who will provide curriculum support throughout your training. Your mentor is available to answer any questions you have on your course curriculum, will monitor your progress and understanding of the curriculum, and may give assignments or quizzes.

    If you experience any trouble accessing your course including technical issues or lost login credentials, please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

    We strive to provide a fully online experience for students however some of our training courses include physical materials or equipment. Courses that have materials shipped directly to students will be shipped within 7 business days of registration. Some training courses have material for different sections and these courses may require multiple shipments as you completed stages of your course.

    Our goal for students is to successfully complete their training course and achieve their career goals. We understand that extenuating circumstances can interfere with your ability to complete your course in the duration given. Because of this we have free or low-cost extensions available for our courses upon request. To discuss or request an extension please contact your client adviser at helpdesk@worldeducation.net.

    Upon successful completion of your course and fulfillment of any outstanding financial obligations, you will receive your certificate of completion. Certificates are provided to you within 30 days of completion. Your certificate will validate the training course you completed with a stamp of completion.

    Students that successfully complete our career training programs are assigned a career development adviser who will coordinate placement at a local externship or hands on opportunity. These opportunities are optional and may vary based on availability and occupation. Your career development adviser will also provide job search services such as: resume building, mock interviews, job opportunity resources, and more. Our professional enrichment courses do not come with a career adviser or career services.

    Program Description

    This Mental Health Technician course provides a solid background in mental health so you can work comfortably with clients who exhibit both effective and maladaptive behaviors. Nurses, case managers, psychiatric technicians, direct care providers, and other health care professionals will increase their awareness and understanding of a holistic view of mental health care with this comprehensive online training program. A variety of therapies and treatments are explored to assist in dealing with psychological or psychosocial problems, such as substance use conditions, medical illnesses, developmental delays and disabilities, and social stressors such as poverty, domestic violence, and homelessness.

    Learning Objectives

    After completing this course, you should be able to: • Comprehend the history and current trends of mental healthcare • Identify the characteristics of common psychiatric disorders • Comprehend legalities related to the mental health office • Define human behavior and different elements affecting it • Identify methods for assisting those suffering from loss of life


    Mental Health Technician Module 1 - Mental Health Care: Past and Present • The History of Mental Health Care • Early Years • 19th Century United States • 20th and 21st Centuries • Current Mental Health Care Systems • Care Settings • Delivery of Community Mental Health Services • Client Populations • Ethical and Legal Issues • Sociocultural Theories • Psychotherapies Mental Health Technician Module 2 - Theories and Therapies • Influences of Culture • Cultural Assessment • Historical Theories • Developmental Theories and Therapies • Behavioral Theories and Therapies • Humanistic Theories and Therapies • Cognitive Theories and Therapies • Body-Based CAM Therapies • Energy-Based CAM Therapies Mental Health Technician Module 3 - Principles and Skills of Mental Health Care • Psychotherapeutic Drug Therapy • Classification of Psychotherapeutic Drugs • Client Care Guidelines • Skills for Mental Health Care • Principles and Practices for Caregivers • Mental Health Assessment Skills • Mental Health Treatment Plan • The Health History • Mental Status Assessment Mental Health Technician Module 4 - Therapeutic Environment • Theories and Characteristics of Communication • Levels of Communication • Dynamics of the Therapeutic Relationship • Characteristics of the Therapeutic Relationship • Roles of the Caregiver • Problems Encountered in the Therapeutic Relationship • Use of Inpatient Setting • Goals of the Therapeutic Environment • The Therapeutic Environment and Client Needs Mental Health Technician Module 5 - Childhood to Adulthood • Normal Childhood Development • Environmental Problems • Emotional Problems • Behavioral Problems • Mental Health Problems of Adolescence • Therapeutic Interventions • Adult Growth and Development • Mental Health Problems of Adults Mental Health Technician Module 6 - Cognitive Impairment and Managing Anxiety • Overview of Aging • Common Problems of Older Adults • Cognitive Impairment • Alzheimer’s Disease • Dementia • Types of Anxiety • Stages of Dying • Hospice Care Mental Health Technician Module 7 - Illnesses and Depression • The Nature of Illness • The Hospitalization Experience • Loss and Grief • The Dying Process • Theories Relating to Emotions and Their Disorders • Emotions Throughout the Life Cycle • Mood Disorders Mental Health Technician Module 8 - Physical and Dissociative Issues • Role of Emotions in Health • Anxiety and Stress • Somatic Symptom Disorders • Eating Disorders • Sleep-Wake Disorders • Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Within the Community • Continuum of Self-Concept Responses • Self-Concept Throughout the Life Cycle Mental Health Technician Module 9 - Anger, Outward and Inward Focused Emotions • Theories of Anger and Aggression • The Cycle of Assault • Anger-Control Disorders • Social Factors and Violence • Mental Health Disorders Relating to Violence • Impact of Suicide on Society • Dynamics and Theories of Suicide • Suicide Throughout the Life Cycle Mental Health Technician Module 10 - Substance, Sexual, and Personality Disorders • Role of Chemicals in Society • Categories of Abused Substances • Characteristics of Substance Use and Abuse • Sexuality Throughout the Life Cycle • Modes of Sexual Expression • Psychosexual Disorders • Personality Throughout the Life Cycle • Theories Relating to Personality Disorders Mental Health Technician Module 11 - Schizophrenia and Chronic Mental Health Disorders • Psychoses Throughout the Life Cycle • Theories Relating to Psychoses • Psychotic Disorders • Public Policy and Mental Health • Experience of Chronic Mental Illness • Special Populations • Challenges for the Future • Change and Mental Health Clients



    There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.


    • Foundations of Mental Health Care (Not included)

    Technical Requirements

    All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements: Internet Connection • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless) Hardware Requirements • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended Software Requirements • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website) • Google Chrome is the best browser for this course • Cookies MUST be enabled • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled) • Kindle Reader App may be needed for some reading assignments (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.) • Adobe PDF Reader • Adobe Flash Player • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don't have PowerPoint)


    Upon successful completion of our Mental Health Technician course, students will be prepared for an entry-level position in a mental health setting and will be prepared to sit for the NCCB national certification exam to become a Certified Mental Health Technician (CMHT). For state specific information regarding the licensing requirements in your state please visit your states regulatory board. Each state may have additional licensing requirements, be sure to research your states requirements for employment by visiting your states occupation board.


    • 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content • Industry Certification Exam, when applicable • Hands-on Opportunity Upon Completion

    Career Services

    Students that successfully complete our career training are given a full years access to our modern day career services. With our career services, students are provided a multitude of career development tools to help launch their career quickly and successfully. These tools include:

    • Certification Exam Voucher and Registration Assistance (If Applicable)
    • Resume Building Assistance
    • Externship or Shadowing Placement
    • Career Coaching
    • Employer Skills Matching
    • And More!

    We are dedicated to serving our students on their unique career development journey. Whether you are transitioning to a new career, entering the workforce for the first time, or an experienced professional looking to climb the corporate ladder, our career services team can provide you with professional development tools applicable for any stage of your career.

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