Mental Health Technician Certificate

Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to a person’s overall well-being. Mental health technicians care for patients with mental or emotional conditions or disabilities. Acting under a health practitioner’s order, technicians monitor a patient’s physical and emotional health; observe and sometimes interact, teach, counsel, or support the patient; restrain patients when needed; and assist patients with their daily tasks such as bathing and cleaning.
The Mental Health Technician Certificate of Competence at Windward Community College provides introductory training for those entering the field of mental health services or as an enhancement for those currently working within the mental health or behavioral health field. Upon successful completion of this 9-credit program students will be awarded  a Windward CC - Certificate of Competence.

Trained mental health technicians are in demand locally for jobs at Hawai‘i State Hospital, Hina Mauka, elder care homes, and through referrals from Windward Health Center, Department of Education, and health care organizations.

The course consists of 3 online courses.
PSY 100: Survey of Psychology (REQUIRED)
PSY 170: Psychology of Adjustment (ELECTIVE)

PSY 253: Conflict Resolution & Mediation (REQUIRED)
PSY 224: Abnormal Psychology (ELECTIVE)

Student will choose one of two electives, PSY 170 or PSY 224.
Dates:  January 9–May 5
Total Hours: 16 weeks (one semester)
Meets: This is an online asynchronous class. Course material should be completed on your own time.
Location: Online - independent learning

  • Desktop or laptop computer (laptop loaners available upon request)
  • Access to reliable high-speed Internet
  • Ready and able to connect to meetings through Zoom
  • Access to updated web browsers: Chrome, etc.

Tuition: $4,000 (books included)

Scholarship funding is available though the Hana Career Pathways grant.  If applicant is eligible for funding, all course fees will be covered. Apply now if you are interested. Seating is limited.
This course is listed under the Healthcare Course Offerings tab.
Look for the Mental Health Technician course listing and click on the APPLY NOW button.
For more information contact:
Ha'aheo (Justin) Pagan
female health worker and female patient