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Mental Health/Human Service Youth Worker
Restricted Entry
Certificate Program

Catalog Year 2014-2015*

*Information regarding the requirements for this Restricted Entry program is available by accessing the Admission Requirements page.

MHCC Faculty Advisers:
Leslie Allen: 503-491-7178 - Room AC 2765

Dr. Ann Bonner: 503-491-7425 - Room AC 2771

Kathleen Hannigan-McNamara: 503-491-7403 - Room AC 2774

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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.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate the values and ethics that are intrinsic to the human services profession
  • Demonstrate professional interviewing skills
  • Demonstrate writing skills appropriate to clinical documentation

Students interested in this program must apply for and be accepted into the Mental Health/Human Service program. Within the application materials, applicants need to designate the Youth Worker Certificate as their major. Students can obtain the application materials on our website at Once you have read the application packet, if you have questions, please call 503-491-7256.

All coursework (47 credits) can be applied toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mental Health/Human Services. Students who complete this certificate program have the option of continuing their course work toward the Associate of Applied Science degree in Mental Health/Human Service. In such a case, the student would need to change his or her major to Mental Health/Human Service in order to register for core classes.

Please check the MHCC website for any curricular changes that have occurred since the catalog was published.

First Quarter (Fall) Credits
HS101 Introduction to Social Services 3
HS111 Interviewing Skills I 2
HS141 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Substances 3
HE208 HIVAIDS and Other Sexually Transmitted Infections 1
PSY235 Human Development I: Prenatal – Late Childhood 3
Second Quarter (Winter)
HS112 Interviewing Skills II 2
HS150 The Effective Helper, A Personal Skills Approach 3
HS151 Motivational Interviewing 1
WR121 English Composition 4
  Related Elective 2-3
Third Quarter (Spring)
HS113 Interviewing Skills III: Cross Cultural 3
HS291 Practicum Seminar 2
MTH065 Beginning Algebra II (or higher) 2 4
WE280HS_ Cooperative Education Internship 4
Fourth Quarter (Fall)
HS225 Group Counseling Theory and Practice I 3
HS291 Practicum Seminar 2
WE280HSD Cooperative Education Internship 4
  Related Elective 1-3
Related Electives
CJA230 Juvenile Crime and the Juvenile Justice Process (F) 3
HE261 CPR - Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (Su/F/W/Sp) 1
HS153 Principles of Youth Development (F) 3
HS154 Juvenile Risk Assessment1 (Sp) 3
HS222 Diagnosis and Treatment: Clinical Disorders (W) 3
HS223 Diagnosis and Treatment: Personality Disorders (Sp) 2

1Courses open to professionals in the human services field. Students must apply for college admission as a general studies major at
2A College Placement Test (CPT) score does not fulfill this requirement. Students must successfully complete the required mathematics course (or higher.)

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