Mental Health Assisting Careers

SCED Code: 14002
Virginia Extended Description: II
Suggested Grade Level: 12
Duration: 36 Weeks
Hours: 280
Prerequisite: Health Assisting Careers
OSHA Compliance Required?: No
Non-Traditional?: M

Students experience classroom instruction and hands-on learning in preparation for a career as a mental health technician or in the mental health field. Students gain understanding of routine care and therapeutic procedures, responding to emergency situations, patient rehabilitation, and patient recreational activities. Students prepare to assist physicians, therapists, and other mental health professionals in hospitals, outpatient clinics, and community mental health facilities. Contextual instruction and student participation in co-curricular career and technical student organization (CTSO) activities will develop leadership, interpersonal, and career skills. High-quality work-based learning (HQWBL) will provide experiential learning opportunities related to students' career goals and/or interests, integrated with instruction, and performed in partnership with local businesses and organizations.

For students taking the nurse aide credential at the end of the course, follow the Virginia Board of Nursing regulations: Commonwealth of Virginia Regulations Governing Certified Nurse Aides

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Course Sequences

A combination of this course and those below, equivalent to two 36-week courses, is a concentration sequence. Students wishing to complete a specialization may take additional courses based on their career pathways. A program completer is a student who has met the requirements for a CTE concentration sequence and all other requirements for high school graduation or an approved alternative education program.

Career Clusters

Pathway Occupation
Therapeutic Services
  • Certified Nurse Aide
  • Massage Therapist
  • Occupational Therapist

Pathway Occupation
Counseling and Mental Health Services
  • Mental Health Counselor

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