• Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling: Youth Worker Curriculum


  • *Restricted Entry
    Certificate Program

    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.

    For program costs, completions and job placement information, please click here. Some material on the page clicked to may not be accessible. If your require assistance please contact the the faculty adviser listed above.

    The Youth Worker certificate program is designed for people who have a high school diploma, associate degree or bachelor degree and want to work with youth. A one-year sequence of courses, it is designed to prepare the entry-level youth worker for employment in youth serving agencies. Course work is theory and experiential-based.

    The certificate can be completed in one year by attending classes during the day or a combination of day and evening/weekend courses. Students may elect to attend part time. Students may also elect to take selected courses from the certificate program listing.

    Students who complete this certificate may work in community justice programs, addictions, residential care and in some recreational and community facilities.

    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. Within the application materials, applicants need to designate the Youth Worker Certificate as their major. Students can obtain the application materials on our website at mhcc.edu/MentalHealth/. 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. Most certificate coursework will apply toward the degree.

    First Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS101 Introduction to Social Services
    3
    HS111 Interviewing Skills I
    2
    HS141 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances
    3
    PSY235 Human Development I: Prenatal - Late Childhood
    3
    11
    Second Quarter (Winter)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HE208 HIV and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections
    1
    HS112 Interviewing Skills II
    2
    HS150 The Effective Helper, A Personal Skills Approach
    3
    WR121 English Composition
    4
    Related Elective
    2-3
    12-13
    Third Quarter (Spring)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS113 Cultural and Diversity in Behavioral Healthcare and Social Service
    3
    HS291 Practicum Seminar
    2
    MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 3, ‡
    4
    WE280HS_ Cooperative Education Internship
    4
    13
    Fourth Quarter (Fall)
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    HS225 Group Counseling Theory and Practice I
    3
    HS291 Practicum Seminar
    2
    WE280HSD Cooperative Education Internship
    4
    Related Elective
    1-3
    10-12
    Total Credits 46-49
    Related Electives
    Course Number
    Course Title
    Credits
    CJA230 Juvenile Crime and the Juvenile Justice Process (F)
    3
    HD110 Career Planning or
    HD208 Career and Life Planning
    3
    HE261 CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (F/W/Sp)
    1
    HS153 Principles of Youth Development (F)
    3
    HS223 Diagnosis and Treatment: Personality Disorders (Sp)
    2

    1A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

    Program Web Link: www.mhcc.edu/MHSSAC