Put your compassion to work.

Opportunities in the mental health field are growing as quickly as the need for treatment of people with mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. As a professional in this dynamic discipline, you’ll be interacting directly with patients and making a positive impact on their lives. In the Mental Health Technology program, you’ll get the real-world, targeted education and training in mental health and substance abuse that you’ll need to launch your career.

You’ll build skills in important disciplines that include group dynamics, counseling theory and technique, interviewing and casework, interpersonal communication, and diagnosis and assessment—with an emphasis on the characteristics of an effective helper, such as self-care, empathy, acceptance, genuineness, and crisis intervention.

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What you’ll learn

  • Learn the history, current state, and nature of the mental health and social services professions.
  • Practice interviewing, complete assessments, and develop case management skills.
  • Study personality theory and related techniques and how to apply them in practice.
  • Understand the theory, content, and application of activity therapy.
  • Learn the techniques of counseling diverse populations and the issues of diversity as they apply to working in the mental health and social services field.
  • Examine group dynamics theory as applied to both group leadership and group participation.
  • Explore the history, cultural interpretation, and diagnostic classification system of mental disorders.
  • Prepare to take the state exam for Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant Preliminary Certification and the national exam for Rational Behavioral Technician Certification.

Possible careers

  • Community mental health centers
  • Substance abuse centers
  • Hospitals
  • Inpatient and outpatient treatment centers
  • Senior citizen programs
  • Counseling centers

2+2 Transfer Options


Dr. Carrie White
Dean of Faculty