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2018-2019

Associate in Science

Human Services - Mental Health

This Option will provide students with a broad view of mental health issues.  The student will learn symptomology versus diagnostic criteria.  Behavior modification will be covered in both technique and theory.  Students will be introduced to how mental health agencies operate and learn the skills necessary to function as a part of a multidisciplinary treatment team.  Students will develop fundamental skills in assessment, psychosocial reporting, and diagnosing using the criteria in the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  Students will learn American Psychological Association (APA) format and clinical writing styles.  

Graduates will be able to:

  • Apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to client contact within a social services setting.
  • Perform professionally, legally and ethically, displaying cultural competence, according to the Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals.
  • Complete components of a Psychosocial Assessment and diagnose using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
  • Define the Agency’s service delivery methods and which services are offered to meet the needs of the Agency’s client population.
  • Apply research concepts to historical and current practice related to the human service profession.
  • Demonstrate values and attitudes necessary to work in the human services profession.
  • Establish rapport with individuals with mental health disorders.
  • Apply specific evidence-based counseling techniques used throughout the mental health agency system.

Note:

A. It is recommended that students enroll in their first WI course upon completion of EN 101. For a list of WI courses available for registration, go to: www.pccc.edu/home/writing-intensive-courses 

B. Requirements for CMHA credential:

  • 90 educational hours* in mental health domains
  • 2000 hours of supervised work experience
  • 110 hours of supervised practicum

*Educational hours are provided within specific courses

C. For mental health option, placements should be in a mental health facility.  


General Education Requirements(31 credits)

Code Name Credits
Communication (6 credits)
EN 101 Composition I 3
EN 102 Composition II 3
Mathematics (3 credits)
Choose any one (1) college-level course
Category 2 - Mathematics 3 - 4
Science (4 credits)
Choose one (1) course from the following categories
Laboratory Science 4
Technology (3 credits)
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
Social Science (6 credits)
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities (3 credits)
PH 106 Introduction to Ethics 3
General Education (6 credits)
Choose two (2) courses from the following categories  (6 credits)
General Education 3

Core Requirements(16 credits)

Code Name Credits
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HS 203 Counseling Techniques 3
HS 204 Group Dynamics 3
HS 207 Human Services Program Field Experience I 4
HS 209 Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior 3

Option Requirements(13 credits)

Code Name Credits
HS 111 Introduction to Mental Health 3
HS 208 Human Services Program Field Experience II 4
HS 212 Mental Health Counseling 3
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3

Total Credits 60


Guided Pathways Academic Map


First Semester Credits
CIS 101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3.0
EN 101 Composition I 3.0
HS 101 Introduction to Human Services 3.0
MA 103 Basic Statistics 3.0
PS 101 Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Total 15.0
Second Semester Credits
BS 100 Human Biology 4.0
EN 102 Composition II 3.0
HS 203 Counseling Techniques 3.0
HS 209 Drugs, Society, and Human Behavior 3.0
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
Total 16.0
Third Semester Credits
HS 111 Introduction to Mental Health 3.0
HS 204 Group Dynamics 3.0
HS 207 Human Services Program Field Experience I 4.0
PS 102 Human Growth and Development 3.0
Humanities Elective 3.0
Total 16.0
Fourth Semester Credits
HS 208 Human Services Program Field Experience II 4.0
HS 212 Mental Health Counseling 3.0
General Education Course 3.0
General Education Course 3.0
Total 13.0