Mental Health Behavioral Aide II

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Mental Health Behavioral Aide II

M State is the first college in Minnesota to offer the Mental Health Behavioral Aide II certificate program. Graduates of the program will work under the supervision of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals to provide direct patient care for children with mental illnesses.

This certificate can be used as an alternative to the requirement that an MHBA II hold an associate or bachelor's degree or have 4,000 hours of experience in delivering clinical services in the treatment of mental illnesses concerning children or adolescents.

Employment opportunities can be found with providers of mental health services, including private practices, community clinics, Rule 29 clinics, non- and for-profit organizations, county agencies, hospitals and schools.


Here’s what you’ll learn

  • Historical and theoretical approaches to guidance and development theories
  • Typical and atypical development in children
  • Theory and use of developmental checklists
  • Brain development in children
  • Treatments of psychological disorders from a historical perspective
  • Types of mental health diagnoses
  • Origins and treatment of psychological disorders
  • Purposes of pharmacological interventions in children with mental illnesses
  • Therapeutic communication techniques for children with mental illness
  • Peer-to-peer and parent-child interventions
  • Use of information technology in a health care setting
  • Skills in redirecting and de-escalating behavior
  • Treatment interventions common in children with mental illnesses
  • An understanding of the aide's impact on the home environment


Why M State

  • M State currently has the only Mental Health Behavioral Aide II certificate program offered in Minnesota
  • Our low tuition makes M State an exceptional educational value
  • The online format makes courses convenient and flexible
  • Small class sizes allow for personalized instruction
  • Tutoring and all other student services are available to both campus and online students


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Mental Health Behavioral Aide II Certificate
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Jennifer Redlin
Instructor, Mental Health Behavioral Aide II
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Required courses for the Mental Health Behavioral Aide II certificate

  • Introduction to Mental Health Behavioral Aide
  • Behavior and Environmental Management
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Multicultural America


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Last modified: April 5th, 2016 at 10:43am