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Mental Health Technician (HF-MNT-01)


Course Description

This Mental Health Technician course provides a solid background in mental health so you can work comfortably with clients who exhibit both effective and maladaptive behaviors. Nurses, case managers, psychiatric technicians, direct care providers, and other health care professionals will increase their awareness and understanding of a holistic view of mental health care with this comprehensive online training program. A variety of therapies and treatments are explored to assist in dealing with psychological or psychosocial problems, such as substance use conditions, medical illnesses, developmental delays and disabilities, and social stressors such as poverty, domestic violence, and homelessness.

After completing this course, you should be able to:
• Comprehend the history and current trends of mental healthcare
• Identify the characteristics of common psychiatric disorders
• Comprehend legalities related to the mental health office
• Define human behavior and different elements affecting it
• Identify methods for assisting those suffering from loss of life


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
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
• Mental 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
• 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


12 months




There are no specific prerequisites for this course. Students will need access to both a computer and the internet. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

The intended audience for this program is individuals that are seeking to start a career as a Mental Health Technician.


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).




This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


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
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• Foundations of Mental Health Care by Michelle Morrison-Valfre

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