Addiction Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate Program

Addiction Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate Program

Classes Start July 8th

Our new Addiction Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate is designed to provide students with comprehensive skills in counseling, behavior modification, and therapeutic interventions for addiction and mental health issues.

Welcome to the Addictions Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate Program, where we provide a comprehensive education in understanding, managing, and treating addiction and mental health issues. Our program is built to help prepare students with the essential counseling skills, behavior modification techniques, and various therapeutic interventions applicable in diverse clinical settings. Starting with foundational knowledge of addiction principles, substance abuse, and mental health conditions, our curriculum progresses to practical skills in group counseling and intervention strategies. After an immersive fieldwork practicum, our graduates emerge ready for entry-level roles as mental health technicians, behavioral health technicians, and addiction recovery technicians, prepared to make a positive impact in the field.

Program Details

Program Length

Online: 48 weeks

Available Locations

Online Campus
Courses

This certificate program is comprised of 100% online classes with an in-person externship and can be completed in as few as 48 weeks.

Module IMODULE IIMODULE IIIMODULE IVMODULE VMODULE VI

Principles of Substance Abuse and Issues in Addiction Prevention

ASMC101

This course provides an overview of the modern principles and nature of addiction and its prevention. Students will learn the psychological, sociological, and physiological components of addiction and be introduced to evidence-based practices in treatment. Students will learn characteristics of a substance abuse counselor. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Therapeutic Approaches to Mental Health Treatment

ASMC102

This course provides an overview of the pharmacology of drugs in substance use disorders. There is an emphasis on drug effects, how drug effects occur, how the body processes drugs, health consequences of drug use and addiction, and the physiological aspects of addiction and tolerance. The science of pharmacologic interventions is explored within a framework of other substance use disorder treatment modalities. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

History and Diversity in Substance Abuse Treatment

ASMC103

Students will consider the social correlates and consequences of recreational use and misuse of alcohol, opiates, depressants, stimulants, hallucinogens, analgesics, inhalants, cannabis, and tobacco. They will explore current legal, correctional, and treatment approaches from historical and cross-cultural perspectives. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Becoming a Helper

ASMC104

This course introduces the characteristics and skills of individuals who thrive in the helping professions. There will be a focus on ethical practices, theoretical approaches, and the steps with which counselors guide addicts in treatment and recovery. The course will also evaluate effective self-care practices among practitioners. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Theory and Practice of Mental Health Treatment

ASMC105

This course provides an overview of traditional and modern approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. It will focus on key concepts, techniques, and procedures of psychodynamic, humanistic, cognitive-behavioral, solution-based, and family systems therapies. Students will explore applications of different therapeutic approaches and multicultural perspectives. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Treatment and Resources in Substance Abuse and Addiction Prevention

ASMC106

This course explores the identification of addiction and how its recovery is viewed through various treatment models. Students will examine the history and properties of substances and explore variables that impact addiction throughout the lifespan. The course will view intervention, treatment, and recovery, of addiction from an interdisciplinary perspective. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Methods for Identification and Intervention in Substance Abuse

ASMC107

In this course, students will explore methods of intervention in substance abuse counseling – including motivational interviewing, treatment planning, group work, and family dynamics. The course also introduces the topics of public policy and social justice in relation to addiction treatment. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Identification and Classification of Mental Health Disorders

ASMC108

This course will focus on the necessary awareness, knowledge, and skills of the addiction counseling practitioner. Students will examine dynamics and techniques used in counseling clients with addiction, including those needed to influence behavior and elicit trust in the context of recovery and relapse. This course also introduces the most common comorbid mental disorders in substance addiction. Aiming to prepare students for working with clients who exhibit mental health problems in private and community settings, the course will also explore classifications and symptomatology of substance-related disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, psychotic disorders, conduct disorders, and issues related to sexual identification and substance abuse. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Basic Counseling Skills in Addiction Treatment

ASMC109

This course introduces the characteristics and skills of individuals who thrive in the helping professions. There will be a focus on ethical practices, theoretical approaches, and the steps with which counselors guide addicts in treatment and recovery. The course will also evaluate effective self-care practices among practitioners. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling

ASMC110

This course explores the study of group development, dynamics, and theories in counseling and therapy. Leadership styles, techniques, and roles are explored within the scope of the group therapy process. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Strategies for Maintaining Change

ASMC111

Students will apply methodology and counseling skills in a supervised classroom setting. Students may engage in role play, analyze cases and interventions, perform demonstrations, cognitive behavior therapy, rational emotive therapy, and explore the 12-step model of recovery and family systems theory. There is an emphasis on relapse prevention theory and techniques. Prerequisite: None

Lecture48hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship0hr.
Total Hours48hr.
Credits3 

Field Work and Practicum

ASMC112

This course offers observation and participation in the operations of human services agencies that specialized in addiction treatment and prevention. Students will attend field study experiences and interact with counselors live and/or via synchronous online media (zoom, teams, etc.). Prerequisite: MOD I, II, III, IV, V

Lecture5hr.
Laboratory0hr.
Externship140hr.
Total Hours145hr.
Credits3 

What will I learn in the Addiction Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate Program?

In the Addictions Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate Program, students will have the opportunity to acquire a comprehensive range of knowledge and skills in the following areas:

Understanding addiction and prevention: Knowledge of the principles, psychological, sociological, and physiological aspects of addiction and its prevention.

Pharmacology and medication effects: Insights into the pharmacology of medications, including their effects, health consequences, and the body’s processing of medications.

Historical and cultural perspectives: Awareness of the history and diversity in substance abuse treatment, including cross-cultural and legal perspectives.

Counseling skills and ethics: Skills in counseling, with an emphasis on ethical practices, theoretical approaches, and effective communication.

Therapeutic approaches: Knowledge of various therapeutic approaches, including traditional and modern counseling and psychotherapy techniques.

Treatment planning and intervention: Ability to develop and implement treatment plans and interventions for addictions and substance abuse.

Family dynamics and group work: Understanding of family dynamics and skills in facilitating group counseling.

Identification and classification of mental health disorders: Skills in identifying and classifying mental health disorders, particularly those comorbid with substance abuse.

Public policy and social justice: Insights into public policy and social justice issues related to addiction treatment.

Relapse prevention: Strategies and methods for preventing relapse in addiction recovery.

Practical application: Applying learned skills in a supervised setting, including role-play and case studies.

Field experience: Hands-on experience through fieldwork and practicum, interacting with professionals, and participating in addiction treatment operations.

What does an addiction or mental health technician do?

There are many roles a graduate with an Addiction Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate can play in the healthcare field. Successful graduates can assist in the care and support of patients with mental health or behavioral conditions or individuals recovering from addiction. Technicians may be responsible for some or all of the following:

  • Working closely with psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to support the delivery of services to patients
  • Assisting in implementing treatment plans for patients
  • Observing and documenting patient behavior, including monitoring and reporting on patient progress and response to treatment
  • Facilitating therapeutic activities and exercises under the guidance of mental health professionals
  • Assisting patients with daily living activities and ensuring their comfort and safety
  • Leading or assisting in group therapy or support group sessions
  • Providing support during crisis situations, ensuring patient safety
  • Providing emotional support to patients
  • Educating patients on coping mechanisms and supporting them in developing life skills and/or educating patients about substance abuse, addiction, and the recovery process.

Job Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment psychiatric technicians and aids is expected to grow 18 percent from 2022 to 2032, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. As employment of counselors increases, supporting personnel such as technicians will increase, as well.

Program Requirements

Each applicant to the Addictions Studies and Mental Health Technician Certificate Program is required to:

  • Have a High School Diploma or GED (Diplomas issued outside of the United States must be translated, evaluated, and notarized before enrollment).
  • Pass the Scholastic Level Exam (admissions test) with a minimum score of 13.
  • Pass all courses, core, and general education, with a grade of C or better.

Upon completion of the certificate program, the students are eligible to sit for certification as a Certified Mental Health Technician (CMHT) through NCCB or the Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician-Level 1 (NCPT) through the AAPT.

FAQ

What is an addiction or mental health technician?

An addiction or mental health technician is a professional who plays a supportive role in the treatment of individuals with addiction issues, mental health disorders, or both. These technicians are vital members of the healthcare team, working under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals such as psychologists, psychiatrists, and counselors. Their key responsibilities include patient support and care, observation and reporting, therapeutic assistance, crisis intervention, education and rehabilitation support, and communicating and coordinating care.

Where does an addiction or mental health technician work?

Addiction and mental health technicians work in various settings, such as psychiatric hospitals, residential mental health facilities, addiction treatment centers, and outpatient clinics. They require a mix of clinical knowledge, interpersonal skills, and compassion, as their role is integral to both the clinical treatment and the day-to-day well-being of individuals with mental health and addiction challenges.

How long is the training program and what is my expected time commitment?

The program length of the Addictions Studies and Mental Health Technician certificate is 48 weeks. The program consists of six modules. Each module consists of two courses, and each course includes 48 hours of instruction time. The Field Work and Practicum course at the end of Module VI is a 140 hour on-site with 5 hour of coursework online.

What can I expect from CHCP during the program?

CHCP provides you with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in the classroom, along with practical experience in a clinical setting. You will have the opportunity to learn the hard and soft skills needed to begin work as an entry-level addiction or mental health technician. In addition, our program focuses on preparing students for the certification exams—Certified Mental Health Technician (CMHT) through NCCB or the Nationally Certified Psychiatric Technician-Level 1 (NCPT) through the AAPT. Finally, CHCP offers lifetime career services that include resume, interview, and placement assistance.

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