Become a Leader with Mental Health First Response Awareness - A Fully Online Program

Distressed teenage girl who represents the students who's teachers would benefit from Mental Health First Response Certificate courses

Take an individual course or work toward earning a certificate with multiple courses!

This certificate program trains teachers and other school professionals to identify, make appropriate referrals and respond to emotional, mental and social issues within the school setting, specifically those that may lead to gun violence and/or harm to self or others. You will learn how to work with community resources to create and implement an appropriate preparedness plan and use "universal precautions" to preserve staff and other student safety. In much the same way that traditional first aid is designed to save the life of a person in crisis, Mental Health First Response focuses on saving lives by recognizing the emotional distress, depression and other issues impacting students - issues that are increasingly leading to suicide, violence and harm to self or others when not appropriately addressed in a timely manner.

Who Should Attend

K-12 educators, as well as other school professionals, such as school nurses, psychologists, counselors and administrators. Parents and school volunteers can also benefit from this program.

Schedule & Fees

Course # Courses (11 units) Duration SP SU FA Fee
EDU-X791J Introduction to Mental Health First Response
(3 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $489
EDU-X792J Mental Health Prevention Programs and Process
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $307
EDU-X793J Mental Health Triage
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $307
EDU-X794J Mental Health Matters
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $307
EDU-X795J Mental Health Re-entry
(2 units)
up to 6 months OSP OSP OSP $307
One Time Certificate Fee $45
Total Certificate Cost (5 courses) $1,762
C = Classroom; OFD = Online Fixed-Date; OSP = Online Self-Paced; IS = Independent Study Self-Paced   *Schedule and fees subject to change.

Program Details

Complete the requirements below to earn a professional Teacher Leader Certificate. The certificate can be completed in as few as 9 months. Read Certificate Benefits and Policy.

  • Complete 5 core courses (11 units)

Enroll in individual courses of your choice within the series to earn graduate level extension credits.  We recommend that you start with Introduction to Mental Health First Response first, and then the remaining courses in any order. You can expect the following from Online Self-Paced courses:

  • You can go online when convenient, completing course within six months from enrollment
  • As long as you have access to the Internet (and any text book requirements stated, if applicable), you can complete assignments
  • You'll read articles and watch videos, and interact with resources provided within the course
  • Completed assignments are submitted and then evaluated by assigned instructor
  • Instructor interaction and feedback are provided between assignments
  • Be familiar with common types of mental health conditions encountered in a school setting including signs and symptoms which may lead to referral
  • Understand various causes and types of crisis events which may exacerbate or cause mental health issues in children
  • Identify at-risk students or situations, make appropriate referrals and collaborate with professionals in order to support students, build resilience and provide early intervention
  • Become familiar with universal precautions to maintain safety standards in a crisis situation
  • Become familiar with tiers of prevention, active listening, signs and symptoms of mental or emotional distress among children
  • Discuss the pros and cons associated with school-based mental health prevention programs in a meaningful manner, issues such as parental concern over the "labeling," stigma associated with mental health issues and other concerns
  • Recognize and know how to respond to privacy and confidentiality concerns, legal issues and other student rights related to emotional health
  • Understand the importance of taking a proactive versus reactive approach to school-based mental health prevention services
  • Substantiate the need for school-based mental health triage
  • Determine the nature, severity and immediacy of the required response when students are in crisis
  • Use appropriate response patterns and protocols to ensure student safety
  • Know the importance of building a school-based Triage Team as well as how to identify additional resources and areas in need of consideration
  • Recognize the need for intervention and/or referral during post crisis events
  • Gather community resources and understand proper communication channels when collaborating with parents, community, at-risk youth and others
  • Recognize re-entry needs and post event prevention options to reduce the risk of secondary and/or additional mental health events

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