• Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling Curriculum Page

  • Associate of Applied Science (AAS)

    The Mental Health, Social Service, and Addiction Counseling field is greatly diverse and devoted to preparing students as professionals in mental health, addiction counseling, community corrections, youth work and gerontology. Classroom study and practical experiences are combined to prepare the student to work in community and institutional treatment facilities. These facilities deal with the emotional, social and physical needs of the chemically dependent, the adolescent, the mentally ill and the elderly, as well as others. Courses include basic information in group dynamics, community resources, case management, interviewing, addiction counseling and helping skills. Coursework also prepares students for employment as addiction counselors.

    Transfer Opportunities

    The program has excellent transfer opportunities available upon completion of the two year AAS degree. There are multiple agreements with Portland State University, Warner Pacific College, Clark College, and Concordia University. Students have also transferred to Oregon State University, Pacific University and other universities.

    Students are highly encouraged to work closely with their faculty adviser to make sure they are on the right track.

    Youth Worker 1-Year Certificate

    Students who are accepted into the program and complete the first year of core classes will receive the Youth Worker Certificate. The Youth Worker certificate program is designed for people who have a high school diploma, associate degree or bachelor’s degree and want to work with youth. Upon completion of the first year core course sequence, students should be prepared for the entry-level youth worker positions for employment in youth serving agencies, community justice programs, addictions, residential care and in some recreational and community facilities. Course work is theory and experiential-based.

    Behavioral Healthcare Specialist – Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    Upon completion of the program, students may also apply for the Behavioral Healthcare Specialist certificate. This 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.