Mental/Behavioral Health Aide

Program Description

Mental/Behavioral Health Aide + Managing Medications
Instructor: L. Logan-Thomas, MS, BSN, RN

Job growth expected to be 6% through 2026.

This course is open to anyone seeking an entry-level positon in the mental health field and will focus on improving recognition of mental illness and reducing the stigma surrounding it. Basic skills to assist someone who is developing or experiencing a mental health issue will be covered. Learn about the strategies applied in the mental health field that include understanding mental disorders, addictive behaviors, therapeutic communication, interpersonal communication skills, confidentiality, personal and social boundaries, HIPPA laws, infection control, and preparing for employment. This class also will cover the appropriate procedures for handling patient medications. It is designed to prepare the participant to safely administer or supervise self-administration of non-parenteral medications. Emphasis is placed on safely administering medications or supervising self-administration from a prescription bottle and observing for obvious reactions to medications.

The Mental Health Technician Certification (CMHT) Exam is available upon successful completion of the class through National Career Certification Board (NCCB).

Students should be adaptable to changing circumstances, self-disciplined in a temporarily stressful situation along with an unwavering commitment to providing quality behavioral health care through demonstrating compassion, empathy and perseverance for patients and their entrusting families.

10 Thursdays       Oct. 4 – Dec. 13            5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
CRN 81218         Bldg. 2 – Rm. 115*         Tuition Fee $375
(No class on Nov. 22)

*Distance learning class option available for students able to attend at BHC East Campus in Galva, IL. Contact Christi Monson, Program Coordinator at 309-796-8225 for information.

Before the first class, purchase required textbook at www.bhc.edu/bookstore.


Mental/Behavioral Health Aide  

Instructor: L. Garrison, M.S.

Job growth expected to be 6% through 2026.

Train for this in-demand entry-level career in two weekends! Bring your lunch and plenty of ambition for two full days of study. This course is open to anyone seeking an entry-level position in the mental health field and will focus on improving recognition of mental illness and reducing the stigma surrounding it. Basic skills to assist someone who is developing or experiencing a mental health issue will be covered. Learn about the strategies applied in the mental health field that include understanding mental disorders, addictive behaviors, therapeutic communication, interpersonal communication skills, confidentiality, personal and social boundaries, HIPPA laws, infection control, and preparing for employment.

The Mental Health Technician Certification (CMHT) Exam is available upon successful completion of the class through National Career Certification Board (NCCB). Students should be adaptable to changing circumstances, self-disciplined in a temporarily stressful situation along with an unwavering commitment to providing quality behavioral health care through demonstrating compassion, empathy and perseverance for patients and their entrusting families. Class will break for 30 minutes for lunch on your own.

2 Saturdays          Nov. 3 – Nov. 17           8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
CRN 81219         Outreach – Rm. 204      Tuition Fee $245
(No class on Nov. 10)

Before the first class, purchase required textbook at www.bhc.edu/bookstore.

Required Textbook Purchasing Procedure:

  1. For a list of PaCE textbooks, visit www.bhc.edu/bookstore
  2. Click on campus location (Hawk’s Hub (QC) or East Campus).
  3. Click on (Order Textbooks) in the Textbooks box.
  4. Select Term (Fall 18), Select Department (Adult Ed)
  5. Click on your course name under Select Course and click (Add Selection).
  6. Click on (Get Course Materials) to see your book title.
  7. Payment options – debit, credit, or pay at pickup.
  8. Delivery options – ship to home, pick up at East Campus or pick up at Quad-Cities Campus.