Mental Health / Human Service

Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Mental Health and Human Service Program

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Empowering individuals to provide compassionate, skilled and professional mental health and social services for people in their communities

What is this career?

Mental Health and Human Service professionals help people in a wide variety of settings and work with a tremendously diverse population. We prepare students to work in mental health, addiction treatment, community corrections, youth work, gerontology, schools and many other settings. Professionals support the emotional, social, cognitive and physical needs of clients.


Is this for me?

If you are caring and compassionate with a passion for learning the professional skills of helping this career is for you! Our program has a focus on personal growth as well as professional training in counseling and interviewing skills, case management, group counseling and a strong base in human development and counseling theories. We also offer specialized training in addiction treatment. The Mental Health and Human Service program is an excellent blend of experiential and classroom learning. Students are using their skills in the community during 4 terms of internship!

What are my options?

The Mental Health and Human Service Program grants a two-year Associate of Applied Science degree and a one-year certificate in Youth Work. The degree transfers smoothly to Portland State University Child and Family Studies Program, Portland State University BSW program, and Concordia University's Bachelors in Social Work. We have formal agreements with these schools for transfer opportunities. See the following link for more information

Additionally, many of our graduates obtain their certification for drug and alcohol counseling (CADCI). See link for more information

What are typical careers?

Human service professionals may work in a variety of settings as case managers, counselors, social workers, client advocates, performing intake and assessment, facilitating groups, community corrections professionals and more. Job outlook is very strong both locally and nationally. Information on Job Outlook.

How do I apply to the program?

The Mental Health and Human Service Program is a Restricted Entry program with an application deadline for entrance in the fall of each year. We encourage you to attend an information session before applying. Applications are available at the following link.Programs-s.aspx?id=1361

Who do I contact for more information?

For admission and application information contact Admission and Records at

For specific program information contact Leslie Joan Allen at 503-491-7178 or

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