Earn a Microcredential in Behavioral Health
An estimated one in five Coloradans lives with a mental health or substance use disorder, driving demand for qualified behavioral health workers. By the end of the decade, positions for behavioral health counselors are expected to grow by almost 30% .
By earning a microcredential in behavioral health, you'll learn foundational skills to begin working in your community and earn college credit to continue your professional training.
Microcredentials are designed with input from behavioral health professionals and can be completed in a year or less. Once you complete your training, you'll receive a letter validating your skills and competencies.
Prepares students to support clients in identifying resources and navigating behavioral healthcare services and systems to promote client health and wellbeing.
Peer Support Specialist
Prepares students who have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use to support clients into and through recovery. Students will learn to advocate for clients and help them set goals and assess and access different behavioral health services.
Behavioral Health Assistant
Prepares students with foundational behavioral health knowledge, concepts and skills within diverse behavioral health settings. The curriculum covers health and wellness, intercultural competency, interpersonal communication, entry-level counseling skills, and mental health first aid training.
Behavioral Health +
Prepares students with foundational behavioral health knowledge, entry-level crisis management and de-escalation skills, applicable to a variety of settings, such as nursing or medical assisting.
Participating CCCS Colleges
Behavioral Health Microcredentials are supported by the following:
Senate Bill 22-181 allocates $15 million to CCCS to design a new stackable behavioral health training program that links the state’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, available in Colorado high schools, with certificate and degree programs offered at CCCS’s 13 community colleges.CCCS has partnered with Education Design Lab (EDL) to build eight “micro-pathways” in energy and behavioral healthcare – two of the fastest growing and critical industries in Colorado.