Collegiate Mental Health Ally Certificate Program

Sather Gate

About the Program

The program is a continuing education series focusing on raising awareness of mental health challenges facing undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, developing active listening skills to build rapport with students, making appropriate referrals and intervene appropriately under crisis situations.

This program is recommended for campus faculty and staff who work closely with students as well as graduate students in psychology who are interested in learning more about college student mental health.

Collegiate Mental Health Ally Certificate Program

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Program Levels

The overall program will consist three levels:

Level One: Raising Awareness and Active Listening Skills 

  • Reflect on personal beliefs and cultural humility in working with students of diverse backgrounds

  • Gain insights about common mental health issues on the college campus, particularly on Berkeley campus

  • Learn how to build better rapport with and communicate with students, along with basic intervention dos/don'ts

Level Two: Recognizing Distress Signals and Making Referrals

  • Identify symptoms related to mental health diagnosis

  • Gain awareness, knowledge and skills to effectively notice signs of student’s distress

  • Discuss how to respond to a student in crisis and how to make a referral

Level Three: Suicide Warning Signs and Crisis Intervention 

  • Identify risk factors and warning signs of suicide

  • Become comfortable asking questions about suicide

  • Review how to support a student in crisis who may be resistant to help

Program Structure

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the certificate program will be offered virtually.

Certificate Requirements

Each level of the certificate program runs for 1 week. The overall program consists of 4 components and takes about 4 hours total to complete. Participants must complete all 4 components during the course of 4 weeks to receive the certificate:

  • program orientation
  • weekly 45-60 minutes pre-recorded learning modules
  • 15-20 minutes weekly reflective assignment, at least one 10-15 min role play assignment, and knowledge checks
  • weekly Zoom discussions after each module/level with course instructors, including  opportunities for Q&A, role play, case discussions, and breakout groups

Program Dates & Registration

Fall 2021 Cohort

  • Register for the training
  • Training materials available starting on Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • Live Zoom Discussions on Wednesdays:
    • October 6 at 9:10am-10:30am PT
    • October 13 at 9:10am-10:30am PT
    • October 20 at 9:10am-11am PT


Fall 2021 Cohort

$50 for UCB Faculty and Staff - if electing the Certificate option

$0 for UCB Faculty and Staff - if electing the Audit option

$280 for non-UCB registrants

Please contact if interested in a customized program.