Provides knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to work in a wide variety of health and human service agencies as assistants to licensed professionals. Areas of pursuit, either as a technician or through transfer for additional studies and potential licensure, include social work, counseling, special education, substance abuse, gerontology, and human resource development. Students will participate at a supervised field experience in cooperation with mental health agencies including mental health clinics, drug and alcohol abuse centers, special education facilities and programs, community action programs, public assistance offices, hospitals, rehabilitation programs, and residential care programs. Students will have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including the terminally ill, those with AIDS, the developmentally disabled, and geriatric clients. Most health and human services core classes include both classroom and field placement experiences. Field placement experiences occur off-campus.
- Discuss and interpret the history of the social work profession and current mental health issue trends.
- Apply the different treatment modalities as appropriate to the role of a social work/counseling technician.
- Apply the profession's ethical standards and principles including practice with respect and without discrimination.
- Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional mental health and social work practices.
- Research the various public health services that provide counseling, mental health and social work services.
Mental Health Technician Social Work Technician Counseling Technician
To participate in all courses with a field experience a student must pass a criminal background check. The following are a list of some of the reasons students will be denied registration into courses with field experience:
- A conviction of a felony or conviction of an attempt to commit a felony within fifteen years preceding the start of the program.
- A conviction of a misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, or criminal sexual conduct, or involving fraud or theft, within fifteen years preceding the start of the program.
- A conviction of a misdemeanor within five years preceding the start of the program.
In order to obtain certification students must also meet all state requirements at State of Michigan Licensing and Regulations
See General Education Requirements for details.
|Course name||Credit Hours|
|ANTH-131: Introduction to Anthropology||3.00|
|BIO-131: Introduction to Biology||4.00|
|ENG-131: Introduction to College Writing||3.00|
|ENG-132: College Writing and Research||3.00|
|PSY-131: Introductory Psychology||3.00|
|PSY-251: Abnormal Psychology||3.00|
|PSY-253: Lifespan Development||3.00|
|SOC-131: Introduction to Sociology||3.00|
|WR-131: Religious Traditions in the World||3.00|
Computer Technology: Complete one