Certified Behavioral Health Technician2019-06-21T20:19:15-05:00


Are you working as a Behavioral Health Technician and want to move into a clinical counseling position but lack the credentials? Or Are you an unlicensed professional that wants to work in the Mental Health field? Or Do you pose a credentials in the Mental Health Field in another country and want to work as a credentialed professional in USA?

Carmen Bolivar
Carmen BolivarBehavioral Health Technician Faculty


The Certified Behavioral Health Technician Diploma is an entry-level designation credential program who assist primary counselors and therapeutic staff within psychiatric hospitals and facilities in providing clinical support to adults or children receiving substance abuse or mental health services within residential programs, in-patient settings or community-based programs.

The CBHT requires a minimum of a high school diploma or general equivalency degree.

Certified Behavioral Health Technician Diploma is a program designed to train social service workers who work under the supervision of other professionals in a wide variety of community settings.

Along with gaining knowledge and skills in group dynamics, interpersonal communication, and social casework, there will be a strong emphasis on the characteristics of an effective helper—self-harmony, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and responsiveness.

Due to the general background of the program, the graduate may expect to find employment in various community settings. Among these may be community mental health centers, substance abuse centers, treatment centers (inpatient and outpatient) for emotionally disturbed children and teens, senior citizen programs, and as advocates for these types of services


Because you may also be prepared for advance mental health programs as: Certified Mental Health Professional for unlicensed professionals; Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Addiction Counselor as long as you meet the minimum requirements,


The top 10 percent of behavioral health technicians made over $51,200 per year, or $24.61 per hour, as of May 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. However, the lowest earners received less than $15,680 annually, or $7.54 hourly. Average wages ran a yearly $31,370, or $15.08 per hour.


People that works in a Mental Health facilities that don’t have credentials, Mental health professionals from other countries: social workers, psychologist, or those who want to become a substance abuse counselor or work in the Mental Health Field in USA, alternative medicine practitioners and others who wants to explore the addiction and mental health field.


  • Train professionals to work with substance abuse and addiction
  • Prepare you to establish yourself as a Certified Mental Health Professional
  • Prepare unlicensed Mental Health Professionals to work in the field
  • Improve your opportunity for employment
  • Obtained all hours for your addiction & Mental Health Professional certification through the Florida Certification Board
  • Be in a position to move forward in your career.
  • Obtain multiple certifications
  • Pass the written exam with the FCB
  • Work within an array of settings, such as outpatient/residential drug treatment centers, hospitals, colleges, churches, and government agencies.
  • Knowledge of the health care system, responsibilities and ethics
  • Become proficient in interviewing techniques and related casework and mental health/substance abuse services record-keeping
  • Human Services case-management roles, including service coordination, client advocacy and referral.
  • Introduction to Mental Illness & Rehabilitative Services
  • Understand the technique of counseling diverse populations and the issues of diversity as they apply to working in the mental health, social services and substance abuse field.
  • Become proficient in interviewing techniques and related casework and mental health/substance abuse record-keeping
  • Have in depth knowledge of personality theory and the counseling theory and technique tha evolve from the personality theory, and show proficiency in putting these techniques into practice.
  • Understand the techniques of counseling diverse populations and the issues of diversity as they apply to working in the mental health and substance abuse services field.
  • Understand group dynamics theory and show proficiency in applying this theory, both in group leadership and group participation in actual practice.
  • Understand the history, cultural interpretation, and diagnostic classification system of mental disorders and demonstrate basic capability of using the DSM 5


Content-Specific Training

Clinical Competence. Maintaining Client and Personal Safety. Documentation and Patient Confidentiality. Ethical and Professional Responsibilities. Electives, all training must have been completed within the last 10 years



1,000 hours of formal work providing behavioral health related services. All experience must have been gained within the last 10 years.


  • Possess minimum work and supervision experience requirements;
  • Possess minimum education and training requirements;
  • Pass the written exam; and
  • Complete minimum continuing education credits annually to maintain a current knowledge base.

Our training program offers the full complement of education hours and content areas that you need to fulfill the training requirements for your certification with the Florida Certification Board

Criminal Background Must have a clean criminal history for a minimum of 3-years prior to application for certification, including release from all sanctions. Code of Ethics Must read and sign an attestation agreeing to comply with the FCB Code of Ethical & Professional Conduct.

What if you could learn this knowledge that will help you transform your life and the lives of those you love?

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