HHS-201: Mental Health Technician I

Health & Human Services
Academic Level
Course Subject
Health and Human Services
Course Number
Course Title
Mental Health Technician I
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
182.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
182.00 (for 15-week classes)
HHS-101, HHS-102, PSY-251
Catalog Course Description

Explores mental health theories used when working with clients and provides the students with the opportunity to practice these theories at a field experience. Course is comprised of two parts: theory and field experience. The theoretical portion will focus on group dynamics as used in the treatment modalities of the mental health fields, education, and social work fields. The in-class portion of this course will consist of 45 hours of instruction. Field experience will provide students the opportunity to learn at a cooperating mental health agency, under the guidance of a licensed professional, for 135 clock hours of off-campus learning.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Counseling group dynamics theories
    1. Explain the various types of group dynamics theories.
    2. Explain the ethical and professional guidelines for group leaders.
  2. Counseling group dynamics techniques
    1. Apply the various types of group dynamics techniques.
    2. Co-lead a group therapy model in class.
  3. Field experience
    1. Apply the various types of group dynamics techniques.
    2. Demonstrate the use of family therapy techniques at a field experience.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include, but not be limited to case studies, field experience reports, quizzes, research projects, research papers, group assignments, or final exam.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Students must have a cleared criminal background check within the last year.


To be determined by program faculty.


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date