• Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling Program Details


  • Please note: The office of Admissions, Records and Registration is closed Friday, November 2 and Tuesday, December 18. For complete campus closure dates please refer to the registration calendar: https://www.mhcc.edu/RegistrationCalendar/

    Thank you for your interest in learning about the exciting and rewarding field of Mental Health! Mt. Hood Community College’s Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling program is the only all-encompassing 2-year degree in mental health within the Portland-Metro area. In addition to the 2-year degree, MHCC also offers a 1-year Youth Worker certificate and a less than 1-year Behavioral Healthcare Specialist certificate.

    The primary approach in this program is “hands on” learning. This means there are experiential parts to the classes including fieldwork, group work, and videotaped interviewing sessions. This kind of training prepares graduates for immediate employment upon graduation. Most graduates who seek employment find work before or shortly after graduation, other graduates elect to go on for a four-year degree utilizing our great transfer agreements.

    These programs are restricted entry and applicants to the program must meet certain criteria before their application will be considered. Currently, the program admits 28-32 students every fall term.

    Admission into the Program

    Requirements to Apply

    The information below is based on application requirements for Fall term 2018 admission. To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the requirements described below with coursework and/or course placement completed by the application deadline date of April 13, 2018.

    Applicants are required to:

    1. Apply for General Admission to the College at https://my.mhcc.edu/ICS/Admissions, select General Studies as your major. It will change to Mental Health if/when you are admitted into the program.
    2. Meet minimum academic requirements in reading, writing and mathematics:


      Subject Option 1
      Placement into*
      OR Option 2
      Completion of**
      Reading RD115 or higher or RD090/IECC201R/WR115 or a higher level Writing-specific course**
      Writing WR121 or WR115 or a higher level Writing-specific course**
      (WR101 does not satisfy this requirement)
      Math MTH060 or higher or MTH020 or a higher level Math-specific course**

      OPTION 1 – Mt. Hood Community College Placement Test (CPT)

      • The Accuplacer College Placement Test (CPT) is a non-timed skills assessment test given on a walk-in basis. Students are encouraged to review the CPT prep page available at mhcc.edu/cptprep.
      • There is no fee to take the CPT. Your scores will be available upon completion of the test.
      • CPT scores are valid for five years and cannot be older than 4/13/2013. If it is older, the CPT will need to be taken again.
      • Applicants who live more than two hours away may take the test by proctor. Please call the MHCC Testing Services for more information at 503-491-7591.
      • If you have COMPASS scores from another school, you will not need to take MHCC’s Accuplacer CPT. Please submit your COMPASS score report to Testing Services who will convert your test results for use at MHCC. Please note: MHCC is unable to utilize ALEKS scores for math placement.
      • If you are only taking portions of the CPT, you will need to obtain a “waiver” form by bringing appropriate transcripts to the Academic Advising and Transfer Center, Room AC 2253.
      • Test scores are not on official college transcripts. You will need to contact your college’s testing center to obtain your reading, writing, and math scores for use at MHCC.
      • Students who choose to retest in reading, writing or math will need to complete a Retest Self-Referral Form, which is available in the Testing Center or Academic Advising.
      • Students may be able to use Smarter Balanced or GED scores for meeting the academic skills requirements, see https://mhcc.edu/cptscores.

      **OPTION 2 – Transcript Requirements if meeting the minimum academic requirements using completed coursework.

      • Courses must be completed with a “C” grade or better.
      • Courses in progress (“IP” courses) do not satisfy the minimum academic requirements.
      • Transcripts must be official (unopened) and issued directly by the accredited institution from which the course(s) were taken. Official electronic transcripts (e-transcripts such as Parchment or EDI) submitted via secure electronic delivery service are acceptable and may be submitted to ar@mhcc.edu. Additionally, official AP or IB transcripts/scores must be submitted if courses are to be used for admission requirements (see Credit Alternatives).
      • Do NOT include an MHCC transcript.
      • Coursework showing as transferred from one institution to another is not accepted. Original transcripts must accompany all earned, attempted, or audited college credits.
      • Nationally accredited (for-profit institutions) transcripts are not required and will not fulfill program or degree requirements, but may be submitted.
      • If an up-to-date transcript is on file (showing most recently completed coursework with nothing in progress) applicants do not need to submit another copy. Courses may be in progress at the time of application submission but an updated transcript showing posted grades for the required coursework for Winter term 2018 must be received by the application deadline.
      • Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated before the application deadline by an outside credential services. Acceptable credential evaluation services may be found at NACES and AICE. Evaluation processing for foreign transcripts is time consuming, and our process could take up to six weeks. It is best to start this process early. A foreign bachelor’s degree does not fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
    3. Complete the application forms in the packet as directed.
    4. Pay the $25 application fee.
    5. Participate in a group style interview (if selected) with faculty representatives and fellow students.

    Applicant and Point Selection Process

    Students are assessed on a 20 point scale as shown below for Phase 1 of the application process. Applicants who have submitted their completed application by the deadline will be awarded points based on the criteria below. Up to 70 applicants may be selected for an interview. Applicants that score less than 10 points will not be qualified for an interview.

    • Attendance at an Information Session (1 point)
    • Early Application Submission (1 point)
    • Admission Criteria: Experience Summary (18 points maximum)

    Interview

    Qualified applicants may earn up to 37 points during the interview phase. Applicants selected for an interview will participate in a group style interview and proctored essay. Points from Phase 1 are not moved forward. Applicants are officially admitted into the program based on points earned during the interview phase. Up to 10 qualified candidates will be offered an alternate position in the program. Alternates are offered a position in the program if any of the accepted applicants decline a position in the program.

    What will I have to do after I am accepted into the program?

    Immunizations - Accepted students must provide documentation of the following:  

    • Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR), 2 vaccines or positive titers for all 3 diseases
    • Varicella, 2 vaccines or positive titer
    • Tuberculosis screening current within the last 12 months
    • Hepatitis B, 3 vaccines and follow up titer
      (Please note that the Hepatitis B vaccine series takes 6 months to complete.
    • Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis (Tdap), current with the last 10 years

    Background Check - The program requires students to complete a criminal background after acceptance. If you have concerns about your background and success in the program, please attend an informational session to discuss your concerns with program faculty.

    Drug Screen - Students may be required to complete a 10 panel drug screen before participating in a clinical rotation per the requirements of the assigned clinical facility. Please note, this drug screening will check for drugs that contain, amphetamines, barbiturates, opioids, benzodiazepines and marijuana. If you are taking any prescribed medication that may contain these drugs you will need to meet with the program director before completing the drug screen.

    Sobriety Requirement - Prior to applying to the program, applicants are required to have at least two-years of sobriety from drugs and alcohol if in recovery. If doing an internship in a drug and alcohol treatment agency or facility, student interns are required to document two years of sobriety per Oregon administrative regulation.

    Further Considerations Prior To Applying

    Expectations

    The Mental Health, Social Service and Addiction Counseling program is a professional training program with high performance and behavioral standards. The program has an excellent reputation in the social service community and our interns and graduates are highly regarded. It is expected that students are prepared to commit themselves fully to learning to become ethical and effective helping professionals and are ready to focus on this goal. Excellent attendance, appropriate classroom behavior, healthy interpersonal communication skills, and competent academic performance are expected throughout the program.

    Personal Discoveries

    It is the teaching philosophy of the program that healthy helpers have examined their own lives. You will be reflecting on your own developmental journey as part of your studies. You will also be changing and growing as a result of the skills and theories you are learning. Sometimes, students change during this process while friends and families are confused about these changes. This is part of growth and change.

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