• Behavioral Healthcare Specialist Certificate Curriculum


  • *Restricted Entry, Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    All courses in this program are part of the Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS.) Students may earn this certificate while pursuing the degree.

    Catalog Year 2016-2017

    *Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling page.

    The Behavioral Healthcare Specialist certificate is designed for people who would like to pursue an entry-level position in the behavioral health, mental health or social service field. A three-quarter sequence of courses is theory and experiential-based. Courses introduce students to the skills of counseling, case management, professional practice and diagnosis and treatment.

    Program Outcomes
    At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

    • Demonstrate the values and ethics that are intrinsic to the human services profession
    • Demonstrate professional interviewing skills
    • Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to clinical documentation

    Students interested in this program must apply for and be accepted into the Mental Health, Social Service and Addictions Counseling program. This Career Pathway Certificate is available only to Mental Health, Social Service and Addictions Counseling students. Students can obtain the application materials on our website at mhcc.edu/MHSSAC/. Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions, please call 503-491-7256.

    Students who complete this certificate program have the option of continuing their coursework toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mental Health, Social Service and Addictions Counseling. All certificate coursework applies to the degree.

    Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HE202 Adult Development and Aging
    1
    HS101 Introduction to Social Services
    3
    HS111 Interviewing Skills I
    2
    HS141 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
    3
    WR121 English Composition
    4
    13
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS112 Interviewing Skills II
    2
    HS135 Case Management I: Intake and Assessment
    2
    HS150 The Effective Helper, A Personal Skills Approach
    3
    HS222 Diagnosis and Treatment: Clinical Disorders
    3
    10
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS113 Culture and Diversity in Behavioral Healthcare and Social Service
    3
    HS136 Case Management II: Process and Practice
    2
    HS223 Diagnosis and Treatment: Personality Disorders
    2
    HS291 Practicum Seminar
    2
    WE280HD Cooperative Education Internship
    4
    13
    Total Credits 36

    Program Web Link: www.mhcc.edu/MentalHealth