Human Services Mental Health Option

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Course Descriptions
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Michael D’Arcangelo
Phone: 973-684-5759 
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Mental Health
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Associate in Science (A.S.) Degree in Human Services, Mental Health Option 

Program Description

This Option will provide students with a broad view of mental health issues. Students will learn symptomology  versus diagnostic criteria. Behavior modification will be covered in both technique and theory. 

Students will also 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 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).  Students will learn APA format and clinical writing styles.

This Option provides the student with the 270 hours of course work required by The Certification Board, Inc. for the Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) certification and the Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor (LCADC) licensure.   It also provides the student with the 90 hours of course work required by The Certification Board, Inc. for the Community Mental Health Associate (CHMA) credential.

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Apply counseling theories and techniques to guide clients in achieving their goals.
  • Use the theories and skills necessary to be a successful group facilitator.
  • Complete a Psychosocial Assessment and diagnose using criteria in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)
  • Define the Agency’s service delivery methods and list the services offered to meet the needs of the Agency’s client population.
  • Identify ethical, professional, and legal standards 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.