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Practicums & Field Experience
After formal admission to the MHAD Program, students participate in one 'transition' term that prepares students for the practicum component of this program. This includes MHAD 1120. MHAD 1135 and MHAD 1140.
Students participate in two semesters of practicum. Practicums are paired with a seminar and have a corresponding course that has specific goals and learning activities to be accomplished during the semester. Students practice basic skills under supervision of agency personnel for 14 hours per week and participate for two hours in a seminar on the CSCC campus. Students are required to earn 70% or above in the course, practicum and seminar to proceed to the next courses in the sequence.
The clinical coordinator assigns students to their practicum sites. Some of the sites include: community mental health agencies, supported living environments, addictions treatment programs, schools, homeless shelters, supported employment, and many others. Although most practicum sites are in Franklin county, sites in adjacent counties may be arranged upon request.
Some practicum sites may require additional steps for students to complete before beginning their practicum experience such as drug screening, immunizations, TB test, Flu shot, Background check, First Aid, CPR. Any of these requirements could be at the student’s expense, according to the agency’s policies and procedures
Students with prior criminal convictions:
All students applying to the college or returning to CSCC need to inform the Admissions Office about any criminal conviction(s). Some students will be required to participate in a College Review Committee. Students must also report any prior criminal conviction at the time they attend the MHAD Information Session and complete the college's background check process prior to formal admission to the program.. Students must have formally completed any sanction and be 'off paper'. The following time frames apply; 3 years from any non-violent offense and 8 years from any violent and/or sexually oriented offense. There will be restrictions regarding where a student can participate in practicum experiences. CSCC cannot guarantee practicum for students with prior criminal convictions due to the limited number of agencies that will consider students for placement who have a prior criminal conviction. Students must have completed any sanction prior to admission to the program* (Details will be discussed individually with prospective students)