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2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog 
2022-2023 Chesapeake College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Human Services A.A.S. Degree — Behavioral Health Area of Concentration (682)

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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.

Contact Person:

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.

Program Requirements

[Courses Appear in Recommended Sequence.]

Winterim I

Fall Semester II

Spring Semester II

Minimum Required Credits: 60

BIO/Natural Sciences (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by any of the following courses (not otherwise included as a program requirement):

General Education (G.Ed.) Electives

Can be satisfied by any General Education Program core course, in any category, that is not otherwise included as a program requirement.


*    These six courses meet Chesapeake College’s criteria for a Certificate in Addictions. These courses also meet the State of Maryland’s requirements for trainee status in addictions.

@  These two practicum courses are needed beyond the Addictions certificate courses and with the Associate degree to meet the requirements for CSC-AD application in the state of MD for certification.

=    If transferring to UMES you may need this to be CHM 121. This course is only offered in full semester format.
+    If transferring to UMES you may need this to be BIO 111 Check with your advisor. This is a face to face course.

If transferring to UMES, PSC 201 Introduction to Counseling needs to be an Honors Course.


+ See course description for details.

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