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Curriculum Competencies for Public Mental Health in California

The CalSWEC Board of Directors approved a set of mental health competencies in 2005 for students at both the foundation and advanced (specialization) levels of their graduate education.  The Curriculum Competencies for Public Mental Health in California were developed by  Mental Health Initiative leaders with extensive collaboration from a broad range of stakeholder. 

The curriculum competencies were significantly revised in 2011 to dovetail with new requirements from the Council on Social Work Education.  These revised competencies continue to address issues in recovery, resiliency, evidence-based practice, and psychosocial rehabilitation principles. They are based on a series of principle statements adapted from the Mental Health Services Act, the California Mental Health Master Plan: A Vision for California, and the President's New Freedom Commission Report.