• Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling Curriculum


  • *Restricted Entry, Associate of Applied Science Degree Program

    Catalog Year 2017-2018

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

    Mental Health and Social Service is a tremendously diverse field of study devoted to preparing students as professionals in social services, social work, addictions counseling, community corrections, youth work and gerontology. Classroom study and practical experiences are combined to prepare the student to work in social service agencies, addictions treatment, residential facilities, schools and community corrections. These agencies work with the emotional, social, and physical needs of clients. Courses include counseling skills, group counseling, case management, addictions theory and treatment, and professional practice. Graduates are eligible to become addictions counselors.

    Through formal agreements, this two-year course of study is designed to meet transfer requirements for Portland State University’s Child and Family Studies program or Social Work program and Concordia University’s Social Work programs. Interested students should contact program advisers for additional information.

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

    • Demonstrate the values and ethics that are intrinsic to the social service profession
    • Demonstrate professional interviewing skills
    • Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to clinical documentation
    • Identify resources for clients within agencies and within communities
    • Describe the role of culture and diversity in social service and counseling
    • Describe the role of neurochemistry in the addiction process

    Prospective students must satisfactorily meet admission program criteria and the application deadline to be considered for admission. Applications are available on our web site at www.mhcc.edu/MentalHealth/. Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions, please call 503-491-7256 or email mhhs@mhcc.edu

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS101 Introduction to Social Services
    3
    HS107 Careers in Behavioral Healthcare and Social Service
    3
    HS111 Interviewing Skills I
    2
    HS141 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
    3
    PSY235 Human Development I: Prenatal - Late Childhood
    3
    Health and Physical Education requirement‡
    1
    15
    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
    PSY236 Human Development II: Adolescence - Death
    3
    WR121 English Composition
    4
    17
    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
    HE202 Adult Development and Aging
    1
    WE280HS_ Cooperative Education Internship
    4
    WR122 English Composition: Critical Thinking 1
    4
    18
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS225 Group Counseling Theory and Practice I
    3
    HS265 Counseling Theories and Interventions I
    3
    HS291 Practicum Seminar
    2
    WE280HS_ Cooperative Education Internship
    4
    Transfer Track elective2
    3-5
    15-17
    Fifth Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS226 Group Counseling Theory and Practice II
    3
    HS266 Counseling Theories and Interventions II
    3
    HS291 Practicum Seminar
    2
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 3, ‡
    4
    WE280HS_ Cooperative Education Internship4
    4
    16
    Sixth Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS142

    Addiction Counseling: Prevention, Assessment and Treatment

    3
    HS291 Practicum Seminar
    2
    HE208 HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections
    1
    SW201 The Field of Social Welfare
    3
    WE280HS_ Cooperative Education Internship4
    4
    Transfer Track elective2
    3-5
    16-18
    Total Credits 97-101
    Curriculum Track
    Transfer Track Electives
    Please see program adviser before selecting.
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    MTH105 Introduction to Contemporary Mathematics
    4
    MTH111 Pre-Calculus I: Elementary Functions
    5
    PSY201 General Psychology
    4
    SOC204 General Sociology: Principles of Sociology 3
    3
    SOC205 General Sociology: Social Institutions3
    3
    Foreign Language elective5
    Lab Science elective5

    1 Recommend WR122 APA-style
    2 Students who plan to transfer to PSU or Concordia should consult with a program adviser before making selection.
    3 A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)
    4 WE280HSD or WE280HSH. Instructor and dean permission is required; check with instructor for the course number and credits appropriate to the internship assignment.
    5 Students following the transfer track who wish to complete a BA degree will need to complete two years of a foreign language or show proficiency. Please consult with your MHCC faculty adviser.
    6 Select from any college-level science distribution course; see AAOT requirements listed on page 11 of the printed catalog for approved courses; lab science courses are designated with an L.

    ‡ See Associate of Applied Science degree requirements.

    Program Web Link: mhcc.edu/MentalHealth
    Transfer Schools Web Links:
    Portland State University - pdx.edu/ssw/undergraduate-programs
    Concordia University - cu-portland.edu/