Forensic Mental Health Certificate Overview

The Forensic Mental Health certificate explores the dynamics of mental health as it relates to individuals involved in the criminal justice system and focuses on mental health/substance abuse diagnoses, ethical behavior whether in criminal justice or human services, crisis interventions, criminal behavior, and the psychology of the legal system.

This certificate is an enhancement for students who are interested in the field of human services/social work within the realm of criminal justice and can be embedded within the Human Service and Law Enforcement majors.


  • Complete this certificate in two semesters
  • Available to students from any other disciplines who have an interest in working with clients concerning mental health and/or related involved in the criminal justice system.
  • If you are majoring in Law Enforcement, this certificate is embedded into your degree program. If you are an Addictions, Mental Health and Social Work Assistant (Human Service) major, you can receive the certificate with a combination of your degree coursework and technical electives.
  • According to Department of Labor Statistics, the human service/social work area, addiction services, mental, and behavioral health is a growing area.

Career Opportunities

Occupations involving forensic mental health (but not limited to):

  • Social & Human Service Assistants
  • Victim Advocates
  • Probation Officers
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Psychiatric Aides
  • Law Enforcement Liaison
  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Addiction Counselor
  • Juvenile Correctional Treatment Specialist
  • Forensic Case Worker
  • Forensic Social Worker
  • Correction Officer

Forensic Mental Health Certificate Plan of Study

View Plan of Study

Student Success Navigator


Jodi Maynhart

Student Success Navigator
(419) 995-8109