A certificate program specializing in concepts related to the Children's Behavioral Health Workforce (CBH) to reduce mental health disparities and increase quality of care in racial, ethnic and underserved communities. This certificate focuses on understanding child development and trauma; the role of human services and systems of care; skills for working in community health, clinical writing, working with youth and families as Family Partners and Therapeutic/Peer Mentors; and supervised experience in the field of Children's Behavioral Health.
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Career and Transfer Outlook:
This certificate program prepares students for entry-level careers related to children and families in a growing field. Massachusetts has seen approximately a 2% increase from 2015-2017 for the need for Behavioral Health services and the Massachusetts Children's Behavioral Health Advisory Council continues to advocate for increased education, services, and the collaboration between the types of services available. Graduates are competitive candidates for immediate employment in agencies providing CBH services. Since coursework completed as part of the CBH certificate fulfills many of the course requirements in the Human Services degrees at MCC, qualifying students can also apply credits from their CBH certificate toward their Associate's Degree and can do so in a full- or part-time basis.
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Students who currently hold a Human Services degree (or are currently working to obtain their Human Services degree) are encouraged to apply earned credits toward the certificate. Education majors and Criminal Justice majors are also encouraged to pursue a CBH certificate. Note: In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. This process can take up to several weeks to complete.
CBH employment requirements include passing CORI checks, having a valid driver's license, and a minimum of 21 years of age
As a result of successfully completing the program, students may:
- Demonstrate basic counseling skills, including active listening, paraphrasing, confronting and engaging clients;
- Use their understanding of the human-service system in the United States, the history, course of development, and the current operation of services to assist target populations;
- Write basic clinical notes necessary to the profession;
- Apply the ethical standards for human-service workers in internship experiences;
- Describe the needs and characteristics of children;
- Apply "family driven" care when working with families in need;
- Model self-advocacy strategies with parents and youth;
- Navigate child-serving, state agencies
- Work as part of a team