What does a Mental Health Technician Program do?

In an ever-growing world of violence, extremism, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and rage, CNEI has developed a program with the entry-level mental health practitioner in mind. The Certified Mental Health Technician Program provides a well-balanced education based on classroom instruction and externships at a qualified treatment facilities where the student can gain real-life experience.

The 784-hour program will be completed in 38 weeks. The program is designed to allow students to begin the program and to start classes on the first day of any of the beginning first five-course levels. Classes are held Monday through Thursday excluding holidays. New classes are starting every 6 weeks for levels 1 through 5. Contact CNEI for next available start dates. Classes will be offered during the day and evening to accommodate busy schedules. Externships may be scheduled during the day, evening, or on the weekends depending upon the partner programs available.

Graduation of the program requires successful completion of all levels. Graduates will receive a Diploma for the program and State recognized certifications in Anger Management, Breakthrough Parenting, and Domestic Violence. Certificates of completion are earned in Pro-Act Training, and Career Counseling and are included for added value; as they are often required and much desired by mental health industry employers.

Graduates of the Certified Mental Health Technician Program are eligible to receive job placement assistance with Southern California employers that are anxious to hire graduates from our program.

Program Objective

This program is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge that prepares graduates for entry into a career of mental health services as a Certified Mental Health Technician (CMHT). Through a balanced educational process of didactic and practical instruction, students will achieve a level of skill that meets labor market expectations and demand for entry-level employment to work in the field of mental health services.

Under the supervision of psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, and other mental health care professionals, Mental Health Technicians provide direct patient care services, assist in developing and implementing treatment plans, and perform related administrative functions. This CMHT program includes instruction in mental health theory, applied psychopathology, patient communication and management, crisis intervention, psychotropic medication, mental health treatment procedures, substance abuse, record- keeping, clinical administrative skills, and applicable standards and regulations.

Program Description                                                  784 Hours/30.5 Semester Units

The CMHT program provides a well-balanced education based on didactic instruction, demonstration and performance of practical skills and an externship at a qualified treatment facility where the student can gain real-life experience. The 784-hour program will be completed in 38 weeks. It consists of 544 hours divided into 6 course levels of classroom and practical instruction. The 7th level consists of 240 hours of externship in a facility where students can apply learned concepts and complete clinical objectives. The program is designed to allow students to start classes at the beginning of any of the first five course levels. Classes may be offered during the day and evening schedules. However, most externships may be scheduled during the day, evening, or on the weekends. Graduation of the program requires successful completion of all levels. Successful graduates receive a Diploma and State recognized certifications in the respective subject areas.

Certified Mental Health Technician Program:

Program Content

Course Level Course Title Clock Hours Semester Hours
Level I: Anger Management 96 4.5
Level II: Breakthrough Parenting 96 4.5
Level III: Career Counseling 96 4.5
Level IV: Domestic Violence 96 4.5
Level V: Work Environments and Pro-ACT Training 96 4.5
Level VI: Personal and Professional Growth, CPR and First Aid 64 3.0
Level VII: Externship: Supervised Field Work 240 5.0