Grandfather Certification Program

Certified Mental Health Crisis Interventionist

Requirements for Certification:
Must be 30 Years Currently a US Citizen
Include a personal Resume that includes current or past employment/volunteer history
4 Documented Personal References with emails and contact numbers
Copies of any Certificates or College Degrees
Titles, Dates, and Number of Hours for each related classes you taught

Application Review Fee: $20.00 (Non-Refundable)
Credential Study Tuition Cost: $400.00
Annual Recertification Fee (every two years): $100.00
Program STUDY Credits: 12 credit hours
Program PRACTICUM Hours: 12 hours
* Required Study Manual to Purchase: (TBA)
* FREE Required Evidence-Based Practices Study Tools: (TBA)

MODULE ONE: [Part I and II] = 2 hours: [.2 CEU Credits]
[PART I] Defining Terms: Foundations of Pastoral Counseling and Ethics
[Part II] Identity, Ministry, and Social-Action: A Multi-versal Vision

Additional Requirements
Written responses to ethical questions included in the Counseling Handbook.
Registration Application for LLU Specialty Care Counselor Certification “Grandfather” Program
Signed copy of the Specialty Care Counselor Handbook Code of Ethical Standards
Annual Best Practices Studies CEU Reporting Log

Note: The initial Application Review is used to determine if you are qualified to participate in the Grandfather Certification Program.

Certified Mental Health Crisis Interventionist

Course Description

This training is very critical for the times we are facing today across the globe. It involves the skills and techniques required to identify, assess, understand, and cope with a very serious mental crisis situation, especially from the moment it first occurs to the point that recovery procedures start and the crisis has been defused and/or overcome.

It involves assessing potential public safety threats, finding the best ways to avoid those threats, and dealing with threats or misappropriate actions after they have occurred. This includes but is not limited to: Relational situations, workplace or church place challenges, family issues, family losses, accidents, deaths, suicide, and devastation crisis of natural disasters, feelings of worry, helplessness, or hopelessness. 

Session Objectives

What You Will Learn

Study will cover basic crisis intervention & de-escalation strategies such as, but not limited to:

  • Crisis Intervention and Prevention Planning for clients, youth, and families
  • Keys to understanding what can cause a crisis, the warning signs of a crisis, the verbal and physical strategies to help de-escalate a crisis of anger, bullying, dating/family violence, sexual/physical abuse, suicide thoughts, sex-trafficking risk, drugs/alcohol abuse, silent mental health issues, etc.
  • Recovery support resources that may be available and how to create a crisis intervention plan.
  • Crisis Prevention Group Session implementation

You should be able to...

  • Gain keys to interpreting and applying legal and ethical concerns regarding mental health diagnosis, out-patient treatment plans review, and prescription abuse awareness with other mental health professionals
  • Identify client non-compliance to diagnoses, and /or mental health treatment plans
  • Gain knowledge of advocacy processes needed to address mental health support systems for clients and families, recognize social barriers that delay or prevent mental wellness care and access to special needs care for clients
  • Understanding of professional counseling ethics, legal issues, and responsibilities as part of specific mental health interdisciplinary community outreach and emergency mental health management response teams
  •  How to write and document legal crisis session notes and create a safety and recovery plan
  • Receive basic DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) medical terminology awareness for some of the (most diagnosed) mental health cases; and keys to assisting undiagnosed cases with the counseling professionals and other special needs resources for mental health recovery

Note: The initial application is used to determine if you are qualified to participate in the Grandfather Certification Program.



EBP refers to using the best available evidence for decision-making and providing efficient and effective care. Evidence-based practice is a conscientious, problem-solving approach to clinical or faith-based practice that incorporates the best evidence from well-designed studies, patient/client values and preferences, and a Practitioner's expertise in making decisions about a patient's care. It is a method by which Practitioners across the healthcare and faith-based professions review and assess the most current, highest-quality research to inform their delivery of care. Although there is no precise standard for what constitutes evidence-based practice in specialty training, the approach consists of three main components and five basic steps.


Best External Evidence

Evaluate and implement the most current, clinically or faith-based soul-care centered relevant, and scientifically sound research.


Individual Clinical or Faith-Based/Spiritual Expertise

Draw on your personal experience of what has worked and not worked in your clinical or faith-based/spiritual practice.


Client/Patient Values and Expectations

Consider and value the preferences of your individual client/patients. Levels of evidence in both healthcare and/or faith-based/spiritual expertise research can be grouped into four categories according to how credible the information is. These four categories, ranging from the most credible to the least includes.

  • Randomized controlled trials
  • Evidence from cohort, case-control, or observational studies
  • Expert opinions that are supported by experience, studies, or reports.
  • Personal experience (clinical or faith-based/spiritual expertise

LLU uses various parts of a series of Evidence-Based Practices Study Manuals or KITs created by the Center for Mental Health Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health, and Human Services.


Benefits Of Offering Evidence-Based Studies

Evidence-based practices have proven to lead to better service to patients/clients, equip specialty services providers, and institutional educational outcomes. Build more quality care teams and implement impactful study modules that are state-wide acceptable for most workplace required credentials, possible college prerequisite studies credits approval and clergy best practices.