Mental Health Worker

Mental Health Worker Certificate Program



The 29 unit Mental Health Worker certificate program was designed to educate students to understand cultural competency skills needed for clients and family members to enter the public mental health labor force. The certificate program introduces students on benefits acquisitions, the recovery model, co-occurring disorders and integrated services with emphasis on early identification of mental illness and evidence-based practices.

The completion of the Core Courses is required for eligibility of enrollment in HS 110 and is required for the completion of the Certificate Programs. It is recommended that these courses be taken as early as possible.

A minimum grade of "C" in all courses is required to receive the certificate.

See also: Alcohol & Drug Studies, Community-Based CorrectionsHuman Services Generalist.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate multiple approaches in their work with the mental health and co-occurring populations.
  • Impart appropriate intervention practices to use with individuals and families impacted by mental health and/or co-occurring disorders.
  • Use Human Services behavioral core, skills training and experiential learning in field work settings.


Curriculum changes as industry standards transform. Please refer to the Saddleback College Catalog website as the following requirements may have changed since this webpage was published.

Course ID Title Units
HS 100* Human Services in a Changing Society 3
HS 120 Human Development in the Social Environment 3
HS 131 Multicultural and Diverse Populations in the United States 3
HS 140 Group Leadership and Group Process 3
HS 174 Case Administration, Crisis Intervention and Referral 3
HS 176* Co-occurring Disorders 3
HS 177 Family Dynamics of Addiction and Abuse 3
HS 220* Benefits and Entitlement 3
HS 285 Ethical Issues/Clients' Rights 3
CWE 180*† Cooperative Work Experience: Mental Health 2
Total units for the Certificate: 29

*Course has a prerequisite, co-requisite, limitation, or recommended preparation; see course description in catalog.
†Recommended to be taken in last semester of program.

All courses are pre-requisites for application to the Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) program, which is only offered in summer semesters. It is recommended that students take HS 100 as an introductory course to Human Services.


Associate in Science Degree

Completion of the certificate program and a minimum of 60 units including the general education requirements with an overall GPA of 2.0 qualifies the student for the Associate in Science degree. A minimum of 12 units must be completed at Saddleback College.

General Education Requirements for Associate Degrees

Refer to the Graduation Requirements or to the CSU-GE and IGETC patterns in this catalog for specific courses which meet general education requirements. Refer to and to the transfer institution's catalog for transfer requirements.


Students may be eligible for financial aid. If interested in applying, please visit Saddleback College's Student Financial Assistance & Scholarship Office