Gaining youth mental health expertise is about transforming lives. And preparing the next generation for success.
Bethel’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Certificate is designed for those who serve as school counselors and psychologists, licensed social workers and therapists, special education teachers, pastors, and in other related professions. With our certificate, you’ll gain specialized knowledge and understanding of the unique mental health needs of children and adolescents and learn how to promote improved mental health.
With this certificate you’ll learn how to promote improved mental health as you develop expertise in several techniques that will enable you to address the unique needs of children and adolescents.
Location: Anderson Center
JAN 26 2017
6 p.m. CT Lundquist Community Life Center (CLC)
Meet program directors, faculty, and current students and learn more about our adult undergrad and graduate programs!
MAY 9 2017
6 p.m. CT Lundquist Community Life Center (CLC)
Meet program directors, faculty, and current students and learn more about our adult undergrad and graduate programs! 6 pm-7:30 pm CT
Preparing leaders in youth mental health
Our Child and Adolescent Mental Health Certificate integrates the theory of psychology with the art of counseling. We approach counseling from a Christian worldview that fosters hope and healing as you integrate biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects when addressing the concerns individuals experience. Gain the confidence and skills to become a leader in youth mental health as you develop expertise in several techniques, including art and play therapy, crisis intervention, and counseling microskills.
25 years providing Graduate School education
2.1% Unemployment rate of recent graduate alumni- 2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey
Meets academic requirements for licensure
You can use certificate courses to meet state licensure requirements for professional counselors (LPC and LPCC) through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy.
Develop intercultural sensitivity so you’re able to more effectively work with diverse children and adolescents.
Applying ethics to practice
Understand the professional and ethical issues inherent to the counseling profession so you’re prepared to handle them appropriately.
Bethel University has allowed me to go back to school while working at a pace that is comfortable for me. I have enjoyed being a part of the online program and furthering my education.Rachael Cappola '16
Current Job: 8th grade Math Teacher
Rarely does a week go by when I don't draw upon, or pass along to others, something I learned from my professors at Bethel. The foundation I received in Bible, theology, history and practical ministry continually blesses me.Tim Morey '98
Current job: Pastor/Professor/Author
While working with the Conservation Corps, I found that Bethel's Environmental Studies program gave me a lot more experience and made me more well-rounded than many of the other environmental studies students.Kevin Berens '13
Current job: Park Overseer, Parks and Trails Division of Minnesota DNR
The program developed me professionally, academically, and personally. I came into the program with a goal of college counseling in mind, and I got out of it exactly what I wanted: my practicum placement turned into a job.Amanda Cornelius '07
Current job: Owner of Cornelius Counseling, LLC; Founder of Wellspring Group
This program blessed me so much! It gave me the opportunity to discover what it means to be a Christian teacher and leader. It also renewed my passion and equipped me with strategies to be more effective in my classroom.Kristie Keenan '16
Bethel Seminary was a life changing experience, and it provided a safe and challenging community environment. Bethel affirmed my strengths, helped to identify my weaknesses, and enhanced my effectiveness as a teacher, leader, and a follower of Christ.Lorraine Carroll '14
Current job: Director of iAm Children's Ministries community program
Besides the personal reward of earning a M.A. degree, the time of personal exploration and challenge were benefits I hadn't anticipated. This growth added to my insights and capabilities as a care manager, allowing me to better serve my clients.Deborah Dolan '07
Current job: Geriatric Care Manager
This was an incredible, global educational experience. I was thrilled with the opportunity to collaborate online with peers across the world and I wouldn't trade this experience for any traditional learning program.Evan Howard '15
Current job: Teaching Fellow - Athens College
While abroad, God broke my heart for the injustices happening in the lives of women. The support and mentoring I received from the department taught me to speak and act strongly against injustice, offering healing hope to the hurting.Emily Defenbaugh '13
Current job: Women's Advocate at 360 Communities, Lewis Home
Bethel provided me with an invaluable foundation in critically thinking and communicating about music, faith, and culture. Most of my colleagues have never had the opportunity, as I did, to regularly perform in an excellent venue like Benson Great Hall.Madeline Veenker '10
Current job: Choir and Bell Director at St. Paul church and runs private vocal studio; earned an M.M. in vocal performance from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
This was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my life. The professors and program exceeded my expectations. What I gained from the classroom, conversations, and curriculum has helped me go to the next level in life and leadership.Kevin Queen '11
Current job: Campus Pastor at 12Stone Church
The Environmental Studies program prepared me as a well-rounded student. I gained the field skills to study ecology, and also the ethical perspectives behind environmental stewardship. The professors are knowledgeable and passionate, which is passed on to their students.David Petry '13
Grad School: M.S. in Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University
The CAPS program has allowed me to pursue professional growth while continuing to work in my current position. I have enjoyed the cohort atmosphere, and find the professors to be knowledgeable and approachable.Pace Pfenning '15
I learned many invaluable lessons at Bethel but what stands out was the accessibility of the faculty and their genuine desire to see students succeed. I was never a number in a classroom. Many of those professors remain mentors today.Allie Ryan '11
Current job: Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
The faculty takes a genuine interest in helping you develop as a student and as a person. The way I approach my students today is largely influenced by how the Bethel professors interacted with me on a daily basis.Wes Myers '07
Current job: Orchestra, Guitar, Music Technology Teacher 4-12 and Assistant Marching Band Director at Marshall Public Schools, Marshall, MN
The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Certificate will give you advanced skills in techniques that will allow you to most help youth and their families.
Learn how to:
- Apply various therapy techniques and behavioral interventions
- Facilitate support groups specific to children and adolescents
- Understand the unique ethical issues pertaining to working with youth
- Assess and evaluate mental health needs
- Administer and interpret behavioral, cognitive, and personality assessments
- Take into account the impact of cultural dynamics on family development
- Collaborate with parents, teachers, social workers, and other stakeholders
Our graduates serve at:
- Private practice clinics
- K-12 public and private schools
- Community Mental health clinics
- Residential treatment facilities
- Youth and family services centers