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With social, economic, and moral issues constantly changing, society is faced with increasingly complex problems which require professional, caring helpers. This evolution has created a high demand for human service specialists. Human service specialists have a professionally and personally challenging role in providing services to both children and adults with a variety of needs and/or disabilities. Students in this program are prepared to provide support to persons in difficult life situations, persons with developmental disabilities, emotional/social/environmental concerns, mental health disorders, and substance use disorders as well as individuals who have co-occurring disorders. Graduates work with treatment providers, case managers, service coordinators, behavior specialists, educators, psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, and social workers. 

Diverse educational approaches including videotaping, simulated situations, role-playing, online discussion boards and interaction in small group seminars are used to help students develop the knowledge, helping and engagement skills, and attitudes necessary to succeed in this profession. The program stresses development and exploration of both personal and professional characteristics graduates will need to be effective helpers.

The associate degree program prepares students with knowledge and skills to support individuals with diverse needs in a variety of settings. The four semester program includes 420 hours of hands-on experience under the direct supervision of professionals in local and adjacent county agencies. Practicum experiences may occur in a variety of community agencies which include mental health centers, day habilitation programs, psychiatric and general hospitals, schools, community and senior centers, rehabilitation facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, homeless shelters, supported living and residential environments, vocational and supported employment, foster care facilities, youth treatment programs, and treatment programs within the criminal justice system. Practicum assignments cannot be guaranteed for persons with prior criminal convictions, and for those with limited availability for practicum hours or locations. 

MHAD 1114: Introduction to Addiction Studies meets the Ohio Chemical Dependency Board (OCDP) chemical dependency specific education requirements for the CDCA Phase I.   MHAD 2114: CDCA Phase II meets the OCDP chemical dependency education require for the CDCA Phase II . Graduates who complete the associate degree program meet the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor II (LCDC II) degree requirement and are eligible to apply for a Certificate of Registration as a Social Work Assistant with the State of Ohio Counselor/Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

The MH/AS/DD program offers two classes that meet the Ohio Board of Regents Transfer Assurance Guidelines (TAG).  MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health and MHAD 2251:  Social Welfare and Policy

The program also offers the certificate programs listed below.

Advanced Mental Health Certificate

This 29-hour program is open to students with an associate degree in a related field, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field of study. The curriculum provides courses focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the mental health field. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human service agencies. An interview with the certificate coordinator is required prior to acceptance into the certificate program.

Advanced Addiction Studies Certificate

This is a 29-hour program for students with an associate degree in a related field or a bachelor’s or a master’s degree in any field. Completion of this certificate meets the acceptable chemical dependency education hours required for licensure in the state of Ohio. Students may participate in up to 420 hours of supervised clinical practicum in addiction studies. An interview with the certificate coordinator is required prior to acceptance into the certificate program.

Advanced Developmental Disabilities Certificate

This 29-hour program is designed for students with an associate degree in a related field, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field. The curriculum offers courses focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to support individuals with Developmental Disabilities. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human service agencies. An interview with the certificate coordinator is required prior to acceptance into the certificate program.

Community/Habilitation Assistant Certificate

This is a  15.5 credit-hour program for students who have a developmental disability. Course work is adapted to a fifth grade reading level. The curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to work as an assistant in the DD field. Students participate in two clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human service agencies.

Prevention Certificate

This certificate meets both the required Prevention Assistant education hours as well as the content in the specified foundations and domains for the Ohio Certified Prevention Specialist I (OCPS).  The Practicum will meet the practical experience required in the five performance domain areas for the OCPS I. 

Residential Support Services Certificate

This certificate assists with work force development to prepare individuals to work in supported living and residential support arenas.  Acceptance by department faculty is required.

Supported Employment Specialist Certificate

This certificate assists with workforce development to better prepare individuals to work in the supported employment arena. Acceptance by department faculty is required.

Supportive Housing Specialist Certificate

This certificate assists with workforce development to better prepare individuals to work in the supported housing arena. Acceptance by department faculty is required

Advanced Supportive Services Specialist Certificate

Students who complete two or more of the required courses in the different supportive services certificates are eligible to receive this advanced certificate.  Acceptance by department faculty is required.

Courses for licensure and certification:

Courses MHAD 1112, MHAD 1115, MHAD 1135, MHAD 2861, MHAD 2862, MHAD 2951 and MHAD 2952 are approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in obtaining adult service certification.

All MHAD courses are accepted by Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board and the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage & Family Therapist Boards for certification and licensure renewal hours.

Program Outcomes:

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Mental Health/Addiction Studies/Developmental Disabilities, the graduate will be able to:

  • Recognize the diverse settings and roles of human service workers in social work, mental health, developmental disabilities, and addictions treatment
  • Collect data, make assessments, develop and implement individualized, person-centered treatment/service or relapse prevention plans
  • Use helping and engagement skills
  • Recognize and utilize the 12-core functions of an addictions counselor
  • Utilize the group setting as a treatment modality
  • Apply conflict resolution skills
  • Recognize stages of change and implement appropriate intervention strategies
  • Utilize a variety of recovery resources
  • Apply the principles of motivational interviewing in the helping relationship
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior
  • Apply service coordination/case management skills
  • Demonstrate self-assessment skills. 

The MH/AS/DD Program has, or is in the process of negotiating, articulation agreements and/or transfer relationships with the following four-year colleges/universities: Capital University, The Ohio State University, Ohio Christian University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, University of Tiffin, Ohio Dominican University, Otterbein University, Franklin University, Indiana Wesleyan University and the University of Cincinnati.

Because students and workers in the health care field may be exposed to infectious materials and communicable diseases, the program emphasizes safety, prevention and the use of universal precautions. Any exposure or safety concern must be reported to the clinical coordinator.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Mental Health/Addiction Studies/Developmental Disabilities

Program:

  1. Submission of an official copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or GED to the Records and Registration department
  2. Attendance at a MH/AS/DD program information session
  3. Completion of ENGL 1100 and PSY 1100 with grade of “C” or higher
  4. Completion of DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1020
  5. Completion of the following four MHAD courses with grade of “C” or higher:
    1. MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health
    2. MHAD 1112 Introduction to Dev. Disabilities
    3. MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies
    4. MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills
    5. Completion of CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications
    6. Admission to the MH/AS/DD program will require student to have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisites courses
    7. Compliance with and completion of all additional program requirements outlined in the program’s admission policy
    8. Completion of criminal background check process with the results prior to attending the admission interview.
    9. Completion and submission of the MHAD Admissions packet prior to attendance of the admission interview
    10. Mandatory attendance at both a program information session and a group admissions interview
    11. The MHAD Program has a limited number of practicum opportunities for individuals with prior criminal offenses and will institute a priority admission process, as needed, to be determined by a student’s GPA.

All MHAD courses must be completed with grade of “C” or higher.

Mental Health, Addiction Studies and Developmental Disabilities

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra 5
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 2 . .
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health 3
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills 3
PSY 2331 Abnormal Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15
Summer Semester . .
MHAD 1120 Service Delivery & Ethics in Human Services/Social Work 2
MHAD 1135 Intervention Strategies - Module A&B 3
MHAD 1140 Family & Aging Services 2
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14
Semester 3    
MHAD 2241 Advanced Helping Skills 3
MHAD 2861 Fundamentals of MH/AS/DD 4
MHAD 2901 MHAD Practicum & Seminar I in MH/AS/DD 4
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective - See advisor for transfer course options 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13
Semester 4    
MHAD 2251 Social Welfare and Policy 3
MHAD 2862 Treatment Approaches in MH/AS/DD 4
MHAD 2922 MHAD Practicum & Seminar II in MH/AS/DD 4
MHAD XXXX Technical Elective 1
HUM XXXX Humanities Elective - See advisor for transfer course options 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   15
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   72

Technical Electives
The following courses are approved for technical elective requirements:

MHAD 1110 Careers in MH/AS/DD 1
MHAD 1300 Supported Employment 2
MHAD 1301 Supportive Housing 2
MHAD 1302 Residential Support Services 2
MHAD 1303 Peer Recovery Support 1
MHAD 1400 Screening Substance Use Disorders using SBIRT 1
MHAD 1901 Field Observation in Supportive Services 1.5
MHAD 2114 CDCA Phase II 2
MHAD 2194 Special Topics in MH/AS/DD 1-4
MHAD 2234 Therapeutic Laughter 2
MHAD 2236 Prevention Strategies 3
MHAD 2905 Intervention Strategies Practicum &
Seminar in Developmental Disabilities
4
MHAD 2931 Mental Health Practicum & Seminar I 3.5
MHAD 2932 Mental Health Practicum & Seminar II 3.5
MHAD 2936 Practicum in Prevention Strategies 3.5
MHAD 2941 Addiction Studies Practicum & Seminar I 3.5
MHAD 2942 Addiction Studies Practicum & Seminar II 3.5
MHAD 2951 Developmental Disabilities Practicum & Seminar I 3.5
MHAD 2952 Developmental Disabilities Practicum & Seminar II 3.5

Basic Electives
The following courses are approved for basic elective requirements:

ANTH 2202 People & Cultures: Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
BIO 1112 Human Biology 4
COMM 1105 Oral Communication 3
COMM 2200 Business Communication 3
ECON 2200 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG 2400 Economic & Social Geography 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
POLS 1100 Introduction to American Government 3
PSY 2340 Human Growth & Development 3
PSY 2530 Psychology of Personality 3
SOC 2202 Social Problems 3
THEA 1100 Introduction to Theatre 3

HUM
GE-ART/HUMANITIES REQUIREMENT (select one)

HART 1201 History of Art I 3
HART 1202 History of Art II 3
HIST 1111 European History to 1648 3
HIST 1112 European History since 1648 3
HIST 1151 American History to 1877 3
HIST 1152 American History since 1877 3
HIST 1181 World Civ. I: Non-Western,
Non-American to 1500
3
HIST 1182 World Civ. II: Non-Western,
Non-American since 1500
3
HIST 2223 African-American History I: 1451-1876 3
HIST 2224 African-American History II: 1877-Present 3
HUM 1100 Introduction to Humanities 3
HUM 1270 Comparative Religions 3
MUS 1251 Survey of Music History 3
PHIL 1101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
PHIL 1130 Ethics 3

Advanced Mental Health Certificate *

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health  3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills  3
MHAD 1120 Service Delivery & Ethics in Human Services/Social Work  2
MHAD 1135 Intervention Strategies – Module A&B  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 2 . .
MHAD 2861 Fundamentals MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD
(minimum 3.5 hrs)
 3- 4
MHAD 2241 Advanced Helping Skills  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10.5
Semester 3 . .
MHAD 2862 Treatment Approach in MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD
(minimum 3.5 hrs)
 3 - 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 29

*An associate degree in a related field, a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field of study is required.

Advanced Addiction Studies Certificate*

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies  3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills  3
MHAD 1120 Service Delivery & Ethics in Human Services/Social Work  2
MHAD 1135 Intervention Strategies – Module A&B  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 2 . .
MHAD 2861 Fundamentals MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD (minimum 3.5hrs)  3 - 4
MHAD 2241 Advanced Helping Skills  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10.5
Semester 3 . .
MHAD 2862 Treatment Approaches in MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD
(minimum 3.5 hrs)
 3 - 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS .  29

*An associate degree in a related field or a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field is required.

Advanced Developmental Disabilities Certificate*

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities  3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills  3
MHAD 1120 Service Delivery & Ethics in Human Services/Social Work 2
MHAD 1135 Intervention Strategies – Module A&B  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 11
Semester 2 . .
MHAD 2861 Fundamentals MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD
(minimum 3.5 hrs)
 3 - 4
MHAD 2241 Advanced Helping Skills  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 10.5
Semester 3 . .
MHAD 2862 Treatment Approach in MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD
(minimum 3.5 hrs)
 3 - 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 29

*An associate, a bachelor’s or master’s degree is required.

Community/Habilitation Assistant Certificate

COURSE . CR
Summer Semester . .
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
MHAD 1120 Service Delivery & Ethics in Human Services/Social Work  2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 3
Semester 1 . .
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities  3
MHAD 2951 Developmental Disabilities Practicum & Seminar I  3.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6.5
Semester 2 . .
MHAD 1135A Intervention Strategies Module A  2
MHAD 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD*  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 6
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 15.5

* Optional additional practicum is contingent upon individualized student learning plan

Advanced Supportive Services Specialist Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1    
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health 3
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13
Semester 2    
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills 3
MHAD 1300 Supported Employment 2
MHAD 1301 Supportive Housing 2
MHAD 1302 Residential Support Services 2
MHAD 1303 Peer Recovery Support 1
MHAD 1901 Supportive Services Field Observation 1.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   27.5

Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1    
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   3
Semester 2    
MHAD 2114 CDCA Phase II  
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   2
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   5

Prevention Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1    
MHAD 1120 Serv. Del. & Ethics in Human Sys/Social Work 2
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   8
Semester 2    
MHAD 2236 Prevention Services 3
MHAD 2936 Practicum in Prevention Services 3.5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   6.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   14.5

Residential Support Services Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1    
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health 3
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13
Semester 2    
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills 3
MHAD 1302 Residential Support Services 2
MHAD 1303 Peer Recovery Support 1
MHAD 1901 Supportive Services Field Observation 1.5
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts and Applications 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   26.5

Supported Employment Specialist Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1    
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health 3
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13
Semester 2    
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills 3
MHAD 1300 Supported Employment 2
MHAD 1901 Supportive Services Field Observation 1.5
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   25.5

Supportive Housing Assistant Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1    
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health 3
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar 1
ENGL 1100 Composition I 3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13
Semester 2    
MHAD 1112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills 3
MHAD 1301 Supportive Housing 2
MHAD 1303 Peer Recovery Support 1
MHAD 1901 Supportive Services Field Observation 1.5
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   13.5
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   25.5