This program of study meets all the General Education Requirements at Chesapeake College.
Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree
Program Mission: The Chesapeake College Human Services Degree — Mental Health Area of Concentration provides comprehensive training in mental health counseling for paraprofessionals new to or already employed in the human services field.
Program Description: The Human Services Degree — Mental Health program is designed to provide training for paraprofessionals already employed in the field. The program will provide sufficient educational training to individuals who seek employment or who are upgrading their skills in the area of mental health. Human Services courses comprise the major part of the program. Students will also take courses in related subjects and general education. Students should consult with the College’s Admissions Office or an academic advisor in planning an appropriate program.
Program Goals: The Human Services Degree — Mental Health Area of Concentration program will:
- Facilitate proficiency in content knowledge and skills for the College’s general education competencies.
- Prepare students for entry-level mental health employment in a human service agency or for transfer to a Bachelor of Social Work program at a four-year institution.
Student Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Articulate the ethical standard and legal aspects of counseling.
- Differentiate, characterize, and articulate best practices of individual, family, and group therapy models.
- Examine the present state of knowledge in psychopathology and abnormal behavior as it relates to counseling, guidance, and psychotherapy.
- Assess, plan, implement and evaluate counseling needs of mental health patients using diagnostic tools and basic counseling skills.
- Explain the personal, educational, theoretical and systemic qualities associated with effective counseling.
Ruth Plinke, LCPC
Coordinator of the Human Services/Behavioral Health Program
Students interested in Salisbury University’s Bachelor of Social Work program offered through the Eastern Shore Higher Education Center should follow the Liberal Arts & Sciences (200) program and work with an advisor in selecting appropriate courses. For more information, please contact the Chesapeake College Transfer Advisor.