Counseling and Mental Health
Counseling and Mental Health

  • Investigate complex social and emotional challenges to understand their effects on individuals, communities, and society
  • Develop a deep understanding of counseling strategies in a variety of social and community service roles

  • Research career opportunities and discover what it takes to succeed in today’s counseling and mental health industries 


Counseling and Mental Health Career Tree:

Career Tree

Counseling and Mental Health Sequence of Courses:

  Career Awareness
Career Exploration Career Preparation Career Training
Recommended Course Sequence  Principles of Human Services
(1 credit
Family and Community Services
(1 credit)
 Counseling and Mental Health
(1 credit)
Practicum in Human Services
(2 credits)

Counseling and Mental Health Courses:

Principles of Human Services 
This course is a laboratory course that will enable students to investigate careers in the Human Services Career Cluster, including counseling and mental health, early childhood development, family and community, personal care, and consumer services.

Family and Community Services 
This course is a laboratory-based course designed to involve students in realistic and meaningful community-based activities through direct service or service-learning experiences. Emphasis is placed on developing and enhancing organizational and leadership skills and characteristics.

Counseling and Mental Health Services
In this course, students model the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a counseling and mental health career through simulated environments. Students are
expected to apply knowledge of ethical and legal responsibilities, limitations, and the implications of their actions.

Practicum in Human Services
This course provides occupation- specific training that focuses on the development of consumer services, early childhood development, counseling and mental health services, and family and community-services careers.
Certifications: Mental Health Technician 

What type of student should take these courses?
Students should take this course if they like helping others, listening to others and like to solve problems. Students who are interested in pursuing a career as a Psychologist, Psychiatrist, or Therapist/Counselor would benefit from taking this course. The course provides a foundation for understanding how the brain works, as well as the details on the major mental diseases/disorders. It is also advantageous in that the student is eligible to sit for a professional certification which would provide them with the tools to directly enter the professional workplace upon graduation from high school.

Careers Related to Counseling and Mental Health:
Social worker, School counselor, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Mental Health Aide, Coaches, and Professors, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Mental Health Care Technician, Counselor, Family and Marriage Therapist, Child Life Specialist, Substance Abuse Counselor, Therapist using various modalities such as Art Therapy or Music Therapy.