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Mental Health Technician

mental health technician certification onlineProgram Duration: 4 Months
Course Contact Hours: 280
Student Tuition: $2,499.99


Looking for Mental Health Technician Certification? This Mental Health Technician course offers a solid background in mental health so you can work nicely with clients who show both effective and maladaptive behaviors. Nurses, case managers, psychiatric technicians, direct care providers, and other health care professionals will enhance their interest and understanding of a holistic view of mental health care through this thorough online training course. An assortment of therapies and treatments are looked at to assist in managing psychological or psychosocial troubles, such as substance use conditions, medical illnesses, developmental delays and disabilities, and social stressors like poverty, domestic violence, and being homeless. Train for your mental health technician certification online today!

Prerequisite(s): None

After completing this course, you should have the ability to:

  • Comprehend the past and present trends of mental healthcare.
  • Identify the qualities of common psychiatric disorders.
  • Understand legalities associated with the mental health office.
  • Explain human behavior and various elements affecting it.
  • Identify techniques for aiding those struggling with loss of life.

Mental Health TechnicianCertification:

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).

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**


Mental Health Technician Module 1
Mental Health Care: Past and Present

  • History of Mental Healthcare
  • Defining Mental Health
  • Community Mental Health Care
  • Current Mental Health Care
  • Inpatient vs. Outpatient Care
  • High-risk Populations
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Values, Rights, and Ethics
  • Legal Liability  Sociocultural Issues
  • Culture, Ethnicity, and Religion
  • Cultural Assessment
  • Theories and Therapies
  • Psychoanalytic Therapies
  • Cognitive Theory
  • Psychobiology
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Mental Health Technician Module 2
Therapeutic Skills

  • Complementary and Alternative Therapies
  • Whole Medical Systems
  • Integrative Medicine
  • Psychotherapeutic Drug Therapy
  • Antianxiety Agents
  • Medication Education
  • Skills and Principles of Mental Health Care
  • Components of Behavior
  • Setting Limits
  • ental Health Assessment Skills
  • Mental Health Treatment Plan
  • Holistic Nursing Assessment
  • Therapeutic Communication
  • Theories and Types of Communication
  • Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
  • Therapeutic Relationship
  • Therapeutic Use of Self
  • Therapeutic Environment

Mental Health Technician Module 3
Problems Through the Life Cycle

  • Problems of Childhood
  • ADHD
  • Conduct Disorders
  • Problems of Adolescence
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Chemical Dependency
  • Problems of Adulthood
  • Personal Identity
  • Developing Coping Skills
  • Problems of Late Adulthood
  • Finances
  • Drug Abuse
  • Geriatric Nursing Care
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Confusion
  • Delirium
  • Dementia

Mental Health Technician Module 4
Anxiety and Depression

  • Managing Anxiety
  • Normal Anxiety
  • Phobic Behaviors
  • Obsessive-compulsivity
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  • Illness
  • Hospitalization
  • Denial During Illness
  • Discharge Planning
  • Loss and Grief
  • Good Death
  • Unresolved Grief
  • Stages of Grieving Process
  • Depression
  • Depressive Episode vs. Disorder
  • Seasonal Effective Disorder
  • Therapeutic Interventions
  • Mood Disorders

Mental Health Technician Module 5
Eating, Sleeping and Aggression Disorders

  • Physical Problems, Psychological Sources
  • Physiological Stress Response
  • Conversion Disorders vs. Somatization Disorders
  • Hypochondria
  • Eating Disorders
  • Sleeping Disorders
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia
  • Functions of Sleep
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Self-concept
  • Multiple Personality Disorder
  • Anger
  • Aggression
  • Stages of the Assault Cycle
  • Coping with Anger
  • Aggression Theories

Mental Health Technician Module 6
Outward and Inward-Focused Emotions

  • Outward-focused Emotions
  • Dysfunctional Family
  • Abuse During Pregnancy
  • Rape-trauma Syndrome
  • Special Assessments for Suspected Victims
  • Developing Self-awareness
  • Violence
  • Inward-focused Emotions
  • Suicidal Behaviors
  • Self-protective Behavioral Response
  • Suicide Through Each Life Cycle
  • Substance-related Disorders
  • Chemical Dependency in Different Age Groups
  • Abused Substances
  • Consequences of Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Relapse
  • Inhalants
  • Sexual Disorders
  • Psychosexual Problems
  • Modes of Sexual Expression
  • Sexual Addiction

Mental Health Technician Module 7
Personality Disorders and Schizophrenia

  • Personality Disorders
  • Continuum of Social Responses
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Schizophrenia
  • Subtypes of Schizophrenia
  • Continuum of Neurobiological Responses
  • Antipsychotic Medications
  • Psychoses
  • Chronic Mental Health Disorders
  • Effect of Deinstitutionalization
  • Basic Interventions for Disorders
  •  HIV/AIDS and Mental Illness
  • Challenges for the Future
  • Old vs. New Homeless Person
  • Right of Self-Determination
  • Coping with Information Overload
  • Americans with Disabilities Act

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Required Materials:

Foundations of Mental Health Care by Michelle Morrison-Valfre

System Requirements:

Internet Access

  • Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
  • Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


  • Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
  • Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple’s website)
  • 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
  • Operating Systems
  • Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
  • Web Browsers
  • Google Chrome is highly recommended
  • Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
  • Cookies MUST be enabled
  • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded onto your computer.)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
  • Adobe Flash Player (Required for many of our career courses and ALL of our IT courses.)
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
  • PowerPoint Viewer (Use this if you don’t have PowerPoint)