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Mental Health / Addiction Studies / Developmental Disabilities

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. Graduates work with persons with mental retardation and/or developmental disabilities, emotional/mental disorders, substance abuse and chemical dependency, as well as individuals who have co-occurring disorders. Specialists also work in consultation with , educators, psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers.

Innovative educational approaches including videotaping, simulated situations, role-playing, marathon group participation, online discussion boards and interaction in small group seminars are used to help students develop the knowledge, therapeutic skills, and necessary attitudes 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 enables students to specialize in one of the following educational tracks during their second year: Mental Health, Addiction Studies or Developmental Disabilities. The six-quarter, three-track program includes 560 hours of hands-on experience under the direct supervision of professionals in local and adjacent county agencies.

Practicum experiences are available in a variety of community agencies which include mental health centers, day habilitation programs, state psychiatric hospitals, schools, senior centers, workshops, private hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, drug and alcohol treatment centers, homeless shelters, supported living environments, foster care facilities, youth treatment programs, and treatment programs within the criminal justice system.

Graduates who complete the associate degree program 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 Mental Health/Addiction Studies and Developmental Disabilities Program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

The program also offers the following certificate programs:

Community Living Specialist Certificate
This certificate is open to students who have, in the past, struggled with their own severe mental illness and can demonstrate two years of stability. Students make use of their own coping skills to work effectively with persons with mental illness as a peer support person and/or case management assistant. Recommendations from treatment professionals and an interview with the coordinator of the program are required.

Advanced Addiction Studies Certificate
This is a 54-credit-hour program for students with an associate degree in a related field or a bachelor’s or master’s degree in any field. Completion of this certificate meets the 270 hours of acceptable chemical dependency experience required for licensure in the state of Ohio. Students may participate in up to 540 hours of supervised clinical practicum in addictions studies.

Advanced Mental Health Certificate
This 52-credit-hour program is open to students with an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. The curriculum provides courses focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to work in the mental health field. Students participate in four clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human service agencies.

Advanced Developmental Disabilities Certificate
This 51-credit-hour program is designed for students with an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree. The curriculum offers courses focused on the knowledge and skills necessary to work with clients with DD issues. Students participate in four clinical practicums in a variety of human service agencies.

Community/Habilitation Assistant Certificate
This is a 26-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 three clinical practicum experiences in a variety of human service agencies.

Courses MHAD 112, MHAD 115, MHAD 135, MHAD 191, MHAD 241, MHAD 247, MHAD 258, MHAD 291, and MHAD 298 are approved by the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities in obtaining adult service certification.

All technical courses in the chemical dependency track are accepted by Ohio Chemical Dependency Professional Board and for renewal of social work licensure.

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

  • Collect data, make assessments, develop and implement treatment plans
  • Use counseling skills.
  • Plan for, lead, and process groups.
  • Apply conflict resolution skills.
  • Demonstrate effective teaching and supporting strategies using the principles of person centered planning
  • Recognize stages of change and implement appropriate intervention strategies
  • Apply the principles of motivational interviewing in the counseling relationship
  • Demonstrate ethical behavior
  • Apply service coordination/case management skills. Demonstrate self-assessment skills

In addition to the general outcomes listed above a graduate in the Addiction Studies track will be able to:

  • Identify and demonstrate the 12 Core Functions of a chemical dependency counselor.
  • Recognize and identify significant signs and symptoms of chemical dependency using a variety of assessment tools.
  • Identify varying levels of care for chemical dependency treatment and common criteria for appropriate referral.
  • Identify relapse dynamics/triggers and utilize a variety of intervention strategies.
  • Recognize stages of change and implement appropriate treatment strategies

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: The Ohio State University, Ohio Christian University, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, University of Tiffin, Ohio Dominican University, Otterbein College, Capital University, Franklin 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 and prevention.

Specific Program Admissions Information

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

  • Submission of an official copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or GED to Records and Registration.
  • Attendance at a (voluntary) MH/AS/DD program information session.
  • Placement out of or completion of DEV 031 and 044.
  • Completion of ENGL 101 and PSY 100 with a “C” or higher.
  • Completion of the following five courses with a grade of “C” or higher:
    • MHAD 111: Introduction to Mental Health
    • MHAD 112: Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
    • MHAD 114: Introduction to Addiction Studies
    • MHAD 115: Introduction to Counseling
    • MHAD 117: Introduction to Documentation Skills
  • Compliance with and completion of all additional program requirements outlined in the program’s admission policy.
  • Mandatory attendance at a group admissions interview with the Mental Health/Addiction Studies//Developmental Disabilities admissions coordinator and clinical coordinator.

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Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Tracks

Note: MHAD introductory courses may be taken in any order.

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
MHAD 111 Introduction to Mental Health 4
MHAD 112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   19

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
HUM xxx Humanities 111,112,113,151,152 or 224 5
CIT 101 PC Applications 1 3
MHAD 115 Introduction to Counseling 4
MHAD 117 Introduction to Documentation Skills 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
PSY 230 Abnormal Psychology 5
PSY 240 Human Growth and Development through the Life Span 4
MHAD 135 Intervention Strategies 4
MHAD 191A Fundamentals in Human Service Practice 4
MHAD 191B Fundamentals in Human Service Practice: Practicum 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   21

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MHAD 150 Pharmacology in Human Services 2
SSCI 101 Cultural Diversity (or)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
MHAD 241* Counseling Skills 4
MHAD 247* Teaching and Supporting Strategies 4
MHAD 291* Practicum in Teaching/Supporting Strategies 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   19

*Only offered during Autumn and Winter quarters.

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
COMM 200 Business Communication (or)  
COMM 202 Writing for Health and Human Services 3
MHAD 251* Social Policy and Programs 4
MHAD 253* Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
MHAD 295* Practicum in Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   18

*Only offered during Winter and Spring quarters.

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
MHAD 258* Service Coordination/Case Management 4
MHAD 298* Practicum in Service Coordination/Case Management 4
MHAD 299* Portfolio Completion/Capstone 1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   108

*Only offered during Spring and Summer quarters.

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Addiction Studies Track

Note: MHAD introductory courses may be taken in any order.

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
MHAD 111 Introduction to Mental Health 4
MHAD 112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   19

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
CIT 101 PC Applications 1 3
HUM xxx Humanities 111,112,113,151,152 or 224 5
MHAD 115 Introduction to Counseling 4
MHAD 117 Introduction to Documentation Skills 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   17

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
PSY 230 Abnormal Psychology 5
PSY 240 Human Growth and Development through the Life Span 4
MHAD 135 Intervention Strategies 4
MHAD 191A Fundamentals in Human Services Practice 4
MHAD 191B Fundamentals in Human Service Practice: Practicum 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   21

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
SSCI 101 Cultural Diversity (or)

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
MHAD 150 Pharmacology in Human Services 2
MHAD 241* Counseling Skills 4
MHAD 245* Assessment and Treatment of Addictions 4
MHAD 293* Practicum in Assessment and Treatment of Addictions 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   19

*Only offered during Autumn and Winter quarters.

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
COMM 202 Writing for Health and Human Services OR
COMM 200 Business Communications 3
MHAD 251* Social Policy and Programs 4
MHAD 253* Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
MHAD 295* Practicum in Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   18

*Only offered during Winter and Spring quarters.

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
BIO 111 Introductory Biology I 5
MHAD 265* Advanced Addiction Studies 4
MHAD 296* Practicum in Advanced Addiction Studies 4
MHAD 299* Portfolio Completion/Capstone 1
MHAD XXX Technical Elective 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   16
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS   110

Technical Electives

Course Name Credits
MHAD 274 Special Topics in MH/AS/DD 1 to 12
MHAD 284 Special Topics in MH/AS/DD (Special Population in Human Services ) 2
MHAD 234 Therapeutic Laughter 3

*Only offered during Spring and Summer quarters.

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Community Living Specialist Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 5
CIT 101 PC Applications I 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   11

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
PSY 240 Human Growth and Development through the Life Span 4 4
MHAD 111 Introduction to Mental Health 4
MHAD 112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   11

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MHAD 115 Introduction to Counseling 4
MHCR 117 Introduction to DocumentationSkills 2
MHAD 114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   10

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MHAD 135 Intervention Strategies 4
MHAD 191A Fundamentals in Human Service Practice 4
MHAD 191B Fundamentals in Human Service Practice: Practicum 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
SSCI 101 Cultural Diversity (or)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
MHAD 150 Pharmacology in Human Services 2
MHAD 284 Special Studies MH/AS/DD .4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   11

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
*MHAD 284 Special Studies MH/AS/DD 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   4
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   55-59

*Optional placement quarter contingent upon individualized student learning plan.

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Advanced Addiction Studies Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MHAD 114 Introduction to Addiction Studies 4
MHAD 115 Introduction to Counseling 4
MHAD 117 Introduction to Documentation Skills 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   10

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
MHAD 135 Intervention Strategies 4
MHAD 191A Fundamentals in Human Service Practice 4
MHAD 191B Fundamentals in Human Service Practice: Practicum 4
MHAD 150 Pharmacology in Human Services 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MHAD 241* Counseling Skills 4
MHAD 245* Assessment and Treatment of Addictions 4
MHAD 293* Practicum in Assessment and Treatment of Addictions 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MHAD 253* Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
MHAD 295* Practicum in Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   8

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
MHAD 265* Advanced Addiction Studies 4
MHAD 296* Practicum in Advanced Addiction Studies I 4
MHAD XXX Technical Elective 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   10
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   54

Associate, bachelor's or master's degree is required.

Technical Electives

Course Name Credits
MHAD 274 Special Topics in MH/AS/DD
1-12
MHAD 284 Special Topics in MH/AS/DD (Special Population in Human Services ) 2
MHAD 234 Therapeutic Laughter 3

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Advanced Mental Health Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MHAD 111 Introduction to Mental Health 4
MHAD 115 Introduction to Counseling 4
MHAD 117 Introduction to Documentation Skills 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   10

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
MHAD 135 Intervention Strategies 4
MHAD 191A Fundamentals in Human Service Practice 4
MHAD 191B Fundamentals in Human Service Practice: Practicum 4
MHAD 150 Pharmacology in Human Services 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MHAD 241* Counseling Skills 4
MHAD 247* Teaching and Supporting Strategies 4
MHAD 291* Practicum in Teaching/Supporting Strategies 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MHAD 253* Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
MHAD 295* Practicum in Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   8

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
MHAD 258* Service Coordination/Case Management 4
MHAD 298* Practicum in Service Coordination/Case Management 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   52

Associate, bachelor's or master's degree is required.

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Advanced Developmental Disabilities Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MHAD 112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 115 Introduction to Counseling 4
MHAD 117 Introduction to Documentation Skills 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   9

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
MHAD 135 Intervention Strategies 4
MHAD 191A Fundamentals in Human Service Practice 4
MHAD 191B Fundamentals in Human Service Practice: Practicum 4
MHAD 150 Pharmacology in Human Services 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   14

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MHAD 241* Counseling Skills 4
MHAD 247* Teaching and Supporting Strategies 4
MHAD 291* Practicum in Teaching/Supporting Strategies 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   12

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MHAD 253* Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
MHAD 295* Practicum in Therapeutic Group Work Skills 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   8

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
MHAD 258* Service Coordination/Case Management 4
MHAD 298* Practicum in Service Coordination/Case Management 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   51

Associate, bachelor's or master's degree is required.

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Community/Habilitation Assistant Certificate

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
MHAD 284 Special Studies MH/AS/DD (Early Experience) 3
MHAD 274 Program Success Skills 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   5

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
MHAD 112 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities 3
MHAD 284 Special Studies MH/AS/DD:Practicum in Developmental Disabilities 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   7

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
MHAD 274 Special Studies MH/AS/DD: Principles of Behavior Support 3
MHAD 284 Special Studies MH/AS/DD: Practicum in Behavior Support 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   7

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
MHAD 274 Special Studies MH/AS/DD:Principles of Habilitation 3
MHAD 284 Special StudiesMH/AS/DD:Practicum in Principles of Habilitation 4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS   7
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS   26

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