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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, limited availability for practicum hours or locations. 

Students completing MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies are eligible to apply for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) certification. 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 Mental Health/Addiction Studies and Developmental Disabilities Program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education. 

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 16-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.

Peer Support Specialist Certificate

This certificate program addresses a variety of identified emerging workforce needs. Students participate in 28 credit hours of coursework which includes 210 hours in a supervised community-based practicum experience in diverse settings. Students who have experienced similar issues/concerns themselves, are prepared to work as peer ‘mentors’ or support persons with individuals with a variety of concerns/issues. Engagement skills, community resources, appropriate use of self-disclosure and professionalism are included throughout this certificate program. An interview with the certificate coordinator is required prior to acceptance into the certificate program.

Gainful Employment Statement

Courses for licensure and certification:

Courses MHAD 1112, MHAD 1115, MHAD 1135, MHAD 2861, MHAD 2862, and MHAD 2933 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 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

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:

  • Submission of an official copy of high school transcript verifying graduation or GED to the Records and Registration department
  • Attendance at a MH/AS/DD program information session
  • Completion of ENGL 1100 and PSY 1100 with grade of “C” or higher
  • Completion of DEV 0115 or placement into MATH 1020
  • Completion of the following four MHAD courses with grade of “C” or higher:
  • MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health
  • MHAD 1112 Introduction to Dev. Disabilities
  • MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies
  • MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills
  • Compliance with and completion of all additional program requirements outlined in the program’s admission policy
  • Mandatory attendance at both a program information session and a group admissions interview
  • Completion of Criminal Background Check Packet/Process. 

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

 

Mental Health, Addiction Studies and Developmental Disabilities Tracks

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
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
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
COLS 1100 First Year Experience Seminar  1
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 16
Semester 2 . .
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
CSCI 1101 Computer Concepts & Applications  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 13
Summer Semester . .
MATH 1030 Beginning Algebra I  
. or .
MATH 1050 Elementary Algebra (Preferred course)  3-5
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology  3
PSY 2331 Abnormal Psychology  3
XXXX XXXX Basic Elective - See advisor for transfer course options  4
MHAD XXXX Technical Elective  1-4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14-19
Semester 3 . .
MHAD 2861 Fundamentals of MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2901 MHAD Practicum & Seminar I in MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2241 Advanced Helping Skills  3
BIO 1111 Introduction to Biology I  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 15
Semester 4 . .
MHAD 2862 Treatment Approach in MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2922 MHAD Practicum & Seminar I in MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2251 Social Welfare & Policy  3
HIST XXXX History Elective
See advisor for transfer course options
 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 14
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS  . 72-77

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

MHAD 2234 Therapeutic Laughter  2
MHAD 2194 Special Topics in MH/AS/DD  1 to 4
MHAD 2933 MHAD Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/or DD  3 to 4

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 2933 Special Practicum & Seminar in MH/AS/DD*  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 7
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 . 16

* Optional additional practicum is contingent upon individualized student learning plan

Peer Support Specialist Certificate

COURSE . CR
Semester 1 . .
MHAD 1111 Introduction to Social Work/Mental Health  3
MHAD 1114 Introduction to Addiction Studies  3
MHAD 1115 Introductory Helping Skills  3
ENGL 1100 Composition I  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 12
Semester 2 . .
MHAD 1120 Service Delivery & Ethics in Human Services/Social Work  2
MHAD 1135 Intervention Strategies –Module A & B  3
PSY 1100 Introduction to Psychology  3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
Semester 3 . .
MHAD 2861 Fundamentals of MH/AS/DD  4
MHAD 2901 Practicum & Seminar I in MH/AS/DD*  4
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS . 8
TOTAL CERTIFICATE CREDIT HOURS . 28

* Optional additional practicum is contingent upon individualized student learning plan.