Student mental health has been an increasing concern in the world of higher education. The COVID-19 pandemic has placed a renewed focus on this pressing issue. A recent Texas A&M Survey (“Effects of COVID-19 on College Students’ Mental Health in the United States”; Son C, Hegde S, Smith A, Wang X, Sasangohar F) found that 71% of the respondents indicated increased stress and anxiety due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To cope with stress and anxiety, participants sought support from others, such as friends and family.

In response to this important issue, the California Virtual Campus (CVC) is offering a free, self-paced Online Mental Health Course for Clinicians course. The course is intended for mental health clinicians and provides a close look at the growing trend of distance mental health services and their importance for community college students. By the end of this course, mental health clinicians will be able to:

  • Identify multiple forms of distance mental health counseling
  • Explain legal and ethical guidelines of distance mental health services
  • Identify challenges and potential solutions specific to distance mental health counseling
  • Define and describe scope of practice at home institution

This self-paced course is not eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s) and does not earn a badge. It is open to all CCC mental health clinicians, not just those at CVC Consortium colleges. To register, visit the CVC’s events calendar.

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