Human Services and Behavioral Health

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Celebrating 50 years!  

Since 1967, we've trained over 1,600 qualified human service professionals now working in the fields of social services, mental health, chemical dependency treatment, gerontology, corrections, and developmental disabilities. Students also have the option to transfer to a four year university or college.

Human Services and Behavioral Health classroom

Program graduates work directly with diverse groups of clientele and consumers in a wide variety of human service and addiction treatment agencies. The course of study can be completed on a full-time basis (5 semesters) or part-time with day and evening options available. The practicum (internship) portion of the curriculum provides 420 hours of supervised experience in human service agencies, behavioral health centers, schools, correctional facilities, and chemical dependency treatment centers.

Graduates are eligible for registration by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Social Work Assistant (SWA).

Students in the Human Services and Behavioral Health degree program meet the academic requirements for registration as a Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant - Phase I (CDCA) with the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

While taking MHT 1101, you'll attend our Program Orientation session to learn about program admission requirements. The Human Services and Behavioral Health program requires a GPA of 2.00 or higher for enrollment in our limited enrollment classes.

Why major in Human Services and Behavioral Health?

This area of study might be for you if:
  • You enjoy meeting and helping other people.
  • You have an interest in working in behavioral health and chemical dependency services.
  • You want to learn more about yourself.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.
  • You want to continue your education to earn a 4-year degree in Human Services, Social Work, Addictions Counseling, Rehabilitation Services, Nursing, Ministry, Corrections, Gerontology, and Special Education.

Earn CEUs for license renewal: Our department also offers a variety of chemical dependency courses which address the continuing education needs of clinical practitioners and human service workers. Additionally, some of our courses are included in other Health Sciences academic programs.

These courses are also available to be completed by some students to add human services knowledge to another degree or certificate program. If you are interested in signing up for any course and do not plan to enter a human services program, please speak with an academic advisor for further details.

Job Market: Click on the following Occupational Outlook Handbook web site for an excellent description about: the nature of human service work, working conditions, employment, job outlook and earnings, related occupations, and additional information.

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    Available Programs

    For program specific information click on the program below:

    Associate of Applied Science
    Addiction Services

    In the Human Services and Behavioral Health (HSBH) department, the Addiction Services degree program prepares entry-level professionals for employment working on an inter-disciplinary team with clinical supervision in chemical dependency treatment settings. Graduates of this program work directly with a diverse group of clients. The program can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis with day and evening options available. If enrolled full-time, it is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters. It consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. Second-year practicum hours can be submitted toward partial employment requirements of the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board (OCDP). To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the web page. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as an informational interview during MHT 1101. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses. The practicum portion of the curriculum provides 420 hours of supervised experience.

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    Human Services

    The Human Services and Behavioral Health department prepares entry-level human service professionals as members of an inter-disciplinary team under clinical supervision. Duties may include client interviewing, crisis intervention and advocacy, activity therapy, group leadership and case management. The Mental Health Technology degree can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis with day and evening options available. If enrolled full-time, it is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters. It consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the Applicant Information packet located on the web page. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required, as well as an informational interview during MHT 1101. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses. The practicum portion of the curriculum provides 420 hours of supervised experience.

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    Short-term Technical Certificate
    Activity Programming

    Provides basic skills and knowledge for activity programming professionals who work in services for the aging population including long-term care facilities. Certificate meets the Ohio Board of Health requirement for education as activity program professional. National Council for Certified Activity Professionals awards a certificate for graduates.

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    Chemical Dependency Counseling

    This series of courses is designed to meet the 180 clock hours of chemical dependency specific education required by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board to apply for licensure. It is for individuals who have previously earned or are in the process of earning at least an Associate degree in behavioral science.

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    Residential Specialist

    This certificate provides the basic education needed to apply for residential specialist positions in human services, mental health, addictions, developmental disabilities and other populations. The certificate includes safety of the resident, healthy communication, conflict resolution, knowledge of human services and behavioral health field, professional documentation and ethical standards. There is a 105 hour practicum included in the certificate.

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    Important Information about Health Sciences Programs: The Health Sciences (HS) Programs consist of open enrollment (general education and division specific courses) and program specific courses with limited enrollment. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry to limited enrollment courses, please see the program specific information packet located on each HS program's webpage.
     

    Accreditation

    The HSBH program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

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