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Online Graduate Certificate in
Community Mental Health Services

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Graduate Certificate in
Community Mental Health Services?


The Graduate Certificate in Community Mental Health Services provides advanced analysis of the treatment of individuals with mental and emotional disorders and other behavioral challenges. The courses evaluate factors influencing mental health services in the community; mental health delivery and clinical skills in community mental health settings; various mental health models and theories utilized in prevention and treatment; and the theory, research and practice of diagnoses and treatment including social and multicultural issues.

Mental health practitioners promote wellness and emotional well-being. The life circumstances of individuals, families and communities are often adversely affected by the medical conditions, mental issues, and emotional disorders of people living with mental health issues. Thus, mental health is integral to and inseparable from a community's overall public health. In fact, mental and substance abuse disorders create extensive financial burders to families, communities and governments across the globe. Through the certificate program, missional Christians learn to demonstrate compassion and understanding by serving others with mental illness.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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Credits Required

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to promoting wellness & recovery in the mission of God.

Students develop a theological framework with which to engage those who experience pain and hardship. The course addresses the importance of holistic mission through caring for the pastoral, spiritual, medical, and health-related needs of those experiencing illnesses, disabilities, cancer, etc. Assessment items include reading, lectures, case-study projects, discussion forums, and service projects pointed to a global area of interest.

Advanced Foundations of Mental Health is an introductory course for graduate level students. It focuses on a wide variety of practice approaches and issues that will be explored in greater depth. The course introduces essentials of mental health and the building of a therapeutic alliance (e.g. therapeutic listening skills, basic interviewing, empathy training, mental status assessment).

Advanced concepts and models of mental health service delivery are discussed. The course will cover several topics to assist in explaining mental health models and concepts for working with high risk individuals. The course will emphasize on understanding ethics, safety, quality, and evidenced-based centered care.

Advanced essentials for mental health practice, recovery, and improvement are covered. The course will examine the professional practice of mental health care, community mental health models, strategies, and interventions that providers use in order to assess the needs and help individuals prevent relapse and maintain recovery.

This course examines important aspects of theory, research, and practice that relates to diagnosis and treatment at an advanced level. Students will develop diagnostic skills using the DSM-5 to provide proper care to clients with mental health issues. The course will also emphasize the important of providing sensitivity to cultural and ethnic issues.

A multicultural perspective on mental health illness, practice, and services will be covered in this course. Topics on oppression, power and privilege, ethnic identity development, gender roles, and discrimination are presented. These concepts in multicultural mental health and the way they shape a person will be examined.

Optional Additional Courses

This course explores the development and etiology of addictions. Students will also learn about family dysfunction and how this influences the client’s addiction and recovery. Students will also various treatment options to work with those who have an addiction.

An examination of the cause and effects of substance abuse on their families. Students will learn not only how the family plays a role in a substance abuser’s life, but also how a substance abuser influences their families. Both positive and negative cause and effects will be discussed in this course.

This course will discuss various assessments and testing guidelines to utilize in the diagnosis substance abuse disorders. Students will learn about various types of addictions, drugs, and testing protocols. Students will utilize case studies to and past research to gain knowledge in performing psychological assessments used for diagnosis.

This course will discuss diagnosis and treatment and substance users. Students will learn about various type of addictions, drugs, and treatment for their diagnosis. Students will utilize case studies to and past research to gain knowledge in substance abuse treatment.

This course examines the problem of mental illness. There will be an emphasis on analyzing various programs and approaches to people with mental illness. Students will evaluate spiritual programs that serve this population. There will be an introduction to spiritually-modified psychotherapies and how they may be used in this context. Those who take this course will examine various programs created by churches that serve this population.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.






A Career in Transforming Communities

Is this Your Mission?

Aboriginal/Indigenous/Native Mental Health Providers, Assessment Specialist, Behavioral Health Care Coordinator, Behavioral Health Case Worker, Care Coordinator, Community Health Navigator, Community Health Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Community Support Worker, Early Childhood Community Mental Health Worker, Family Engagement Specialist, Intervention Specialist, Life Management Therapist, Mental Health Clinician, Mental Health Consultant, Mental Health Counselor, Mental Health Evaluation Specialist, Mental Health Practitioner, Mental Health Professional, Mental Health Promotion Worker, Mental Health Rehabilitation Worker, Mental Health Specialist, Mental Health Technician, Mental Health Therapist, Mental Health Worker, Mental Wellness Counselor, Peer Support Worker, Peer Wellness Specialist, Personal Support Worker (PSW), Preventative Case Worker, Residental Mental Health Worker, Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Wellness Alliance Connector



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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.


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Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.