Associate in Science
- 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.