Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health

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Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health

M State was the first college in Minnesota to offer the Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health certificate program. Graduates of the program can work under the supervision of psychiatrists, psychologists and other mental health professionals to provide therapeutic and rehabilitative care for children and adolescents with emotional disturbances.

What this certificate can do for you:

  • Provide opportunities for hands-on experiences by working within the field while completing a bachelor's degree.
  • Increase marketability or offer career advancement opportunities within the mental health, education, health care or other related fields.
  • Function as a specialization certificate for students seeking entry-level employment with agencies that provide children's therapeutic services and supports (CTSS).
  • Serve 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.

This certificate can be completed as part of the Psychology Transfer Pathway program.

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
  • 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
  • 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

  • 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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Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health Certificate
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Jennifer Redlin

Program Coordinator, Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health and Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Required courses for the Child and Adolescent Therapeutic Behavioral Health certificate

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

Last modified: December 12th, 2018 at 10:35am