Mental Health Schools In California

California has 19 accredited mental health schools where mental health faculty who teach mental health classes can find employment. The graphs, statistics and analysis below outline the current state and the future direction of academia in mental health in the state of California, which encompasses mental health training at the following levels:

  • Mental Health Certificate
  • Associates degree in Mental Health
  • Masters degree in Mental Health


Schools

  1. Cuesta College

    Highway 1, San Luis Obispo, California 93403-8106

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  2. Cypress College

    9200 Valley View, Cypress, California 90630-5897

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  3. Mission College

    3000 Mission College Blvd, Santa Clara, California 95054-1897

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  4. Mt. San Antonio College

    1100 N Grand Ave, Walnut, California 91789-1399

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  5. Napa Valley College

    2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy, Napa, California 94558-6236

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  6. Porterville College

    100 E College Ave, Porterville, California 93257

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  7. Argosy University-San Francisco Bay Area

    1005 Atlantic Avenue, Alameda, California 94501

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  8. San Joaquin Delta College

    5151 Pacific Ave, Stockton, California 95207

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  9. Santa Rosa Junior College

    1501 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa, California 95401-4395

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  10. San Bernardino Valley College

    701 South Mount Vernon Avenue, San Bernardino, California 92410-2798

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  11. West Hills College Coalinga

    300 Cherry Lane, Coalinga, California 93210

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  12. Yuba College

    2088 N Beale Rd, Marysville, California 95901

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  13. Hacienda La Puente Adult Education

    14101 E. Nelson Ave, La Puente, California 91746-0002

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  14. Argosy University-Orange County

    601 South Lewis Street, Orange, California 92868

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  15. Argosy University-Los Angeles

    5230 Pacific Concourse, Suite 200, Los Angeles, California 90045

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  16. Argosy University-Inland Empire

    636 East Brier Dr, Suite 120, San Bernardino, California 92408

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  17. Argosy University-San Diego

    1615 Murray Canyon Road, Suite 100, San Diego, California 92108

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  18. California Nurses Educational Institute

    68-860 Perez Rd, Cathedral City, California 92234

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  19. Gurnick Academy of Medical Arts

    2121 S El Camino Real Bldg C 2000, San Mateo, California 94403

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Cities

Statistics

Professional Trends

California Vs. National Mental Health Employment

California 39,130
National 445,580

Of all of the mental health professionals that work in the US, approximately 9% work in California state.

Employment Growth for Mental health professionals In California

42,920 32,830 32,530 42,330 39,130
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Yellow: Actual Values

The number of mental health professionals is shrinking in California. In 2010 there were 3,790 less mental health professionals working in California than there were in 2006. Thus, the field of mental health has shrunk by 9% in California. This is slower than the trend for mental health professionals around the US. Nationally, the number of mental health professionals has grown by 12% between 2006 and 2010.

Mental Health VS. All Professions salaries in California

$37,194 $38,016 $40,952 $42,404 $41,722
$48,885 $52,410 $54,744 $56,285 $57,176
2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
  • Light Blue: Mental Health
  • Dark Yellow: All Professions

The amount earned by mental health professionals is increasing in California. The mean salary for mental health professionals in 2006 was $37,194 per year. And in 2010 the mean salary was $41,722 per year.

Salary percentiles for Mental health professionals in California

10th percentile
$25,352
25th percentile
$31,070
50th percentile
$38,748
75th percentile
$49,014
90th percentile
$62,864

Thus, there was a 11% growth in mental health professionals' salaries. State trends for all professions mirror this growth. In California state, within the field of mental health, there is a huge variation in pay. The highest paid mental health professionals earn 148% more money than those in the bottom 10% of the pay bracket.

Average Salaries for Mental health professionals and related professions in California

Clinical Psychology
$68,115
Counseling
$58,067
Forensic Psychology
$89,385
Mental Health
$41,722
Psychology
$89,385
School Psychology
$82,770
Social Work
$54,122
Sports Psychology
$82,770

In California, mental health professionals make, on average, less than their counterparts in related professions.

Educational Trends

Mental Health programs available for each degree type for all schools in California

associate
8
bachelor
0
master
5
doctor
0
Certificate
15
Total28

As the number of mental health professionals is decreasing in California state, the number of students graduating from the 19 accredited mental health schools in California state is increasing. In 2006, 486 students graduated from mental health courses in California. And in 2010, 961 students graduated.

There was an increase in the number of mental health school degree or certificate graduates in California by 98%. A majority of these graduates, or 54%, graduated with a undergraduate certificate in mental health.

Mental Health Faculty Salaries in California

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Currently we are in the process of collecting data for the number of mental health faculty in California, growth in the field of mental health academia and faculty salaries in California. If you are involved in teaching mental health courses to students at the certificate in mental health, associates degree in mental health, and masters degree in mental health levels, please anonymously submit your information in the field below. By doing so, you will be helping us build a valuable database resource for the benefit of current and future mental health faculty in California. A summary of what your peers have told us up until now will be available once you submit your information.

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