Dec 07, 2021  
College Catalog 2021-2022 
  
College Catalog 2021-2022

Mental Health Studies Certificate


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CONTACT

Allison Hrovat, 413.552.2381, ahrovat@hcc.edu

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The Certificate in Mental Health Studies will serve as a professional development tool for those employed in the mental health and human services field, for those seeking to begin work in entry level roles, and as an academic stepping stone toward the Associate of Science degree in human services with transfer options to Bachelor of Science degree programs in human services and social work.  Students are encouraged to enter this Certificate Program in the Fall semester. If they do so, it is possible to complete this certificate in one year, in consultation with their advisor. This program is designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and awareness needed to work in a variety of mental health and human services settings in roles such as mental health assistant, mental health associate, mental health aide, caseworker aide, outreach assistant, crisis intervention aide, and direct support worker. Throughout this course sequence, emphasis will be placed on understanding the concept and field of mental health as encompassing mental illness, crisis and trauma response, and social, emotional, and psychological well-being of individuals of all ages.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • examine the concept and field of mental health as encompassing mental illness, crisis and trauma response, and social, emotional, and psychological well-being of individuals of all ages
  • develop an understanding of the field of human services and social work through a multicultural lens and apply the skills and awareness needed to work in a variety of service settings
  • develop a foundational framework in the field of psychology, to include a focus on child and/or adolescent psychology, abnormal psychology, human sexuality, health psychology or group dynamics
  • examine the various roles available for a career in community mental health, social work, and human service settings
  • develop an applied knowledge base for concepts such as trauma-related symptoms, the impact of trauma on families and communities, resilience, post-traumatic growth, and crisis intervention
  • apply their growing knowledge of trauma to their developing professional roles

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