• 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.

    Youth Worker 1-Year Certificate

    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.

    Behavioral Healthcare Specialist – Career Pathway Certificate of Completion

    The Behavioral Healthcare Specialist 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.

    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 and also with Concordia University. Students have also transferred to Marylhurst University, Oregon State, Pacific University, Warner Pacific and other universities.

    Both full-time and part-time options are available for students accepted to the program. Students are highly encouraged to work closely with their faculty adviser to make sure they are on the right track.