The Cerritos College Mental Health Worker program is the first of its kind in the state of California. This program will train students to help a mentally ill individual with tasks such as gaining employment, finding housing, using community resources, becoming financial competent, and other activities that promote an independent life-style for the mentally ill.
The training offered for the Certificate and AA degree at Cerritos College is comprehensive and intensive. Students will learn the basics of Psychology, the foundations of Mental Illness (Abnormal Psychology), the concept of rehabilitation and recovery, how to help the mentally ill, and how to create a cooperative relationship with mentally ill individuals that may, or may not, have additional special issues, such as sexual orientation, race, culture, and socioeconomic status. Finally, students will be given the opportunity to practice the knowledge and skills that they have gained from classroom instruction, in a real-life community mental health environment.
Cerritos College currently offers three pathways to an education in Psychology:
1 Year Certificate Program & AA Degree(Mental Health Worker Program)
2 Year Associates in Arts Degree (Mental Health Worker Program)
2 Year of General Education Transfer Courses (declared Psychology majors)
Any path will increase your knowledge of human behavior. However, the first two options will not only give you a foundational education in Psychological principles but will also increase your immediate employability and give you a choice of getting a job or transferring as a Psychology Major, or possibly BOTH!!