Mental Health Technology/Chemical Dependency MHTCD.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 63 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Human Services and Behavioral Health
Effective as of Fall 2016

Preparation for professional role in field of chemical dependency treatment and/or transfer to 4-year college or university.

What is "Mental Health Technology/Chemical Dependency"?

In the Human Services and Behavioral Health (HSBH) department, the Mental Health Technology/Chemical Dependency 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 webpage. 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.

Program Outcomes

  • Describe various theories of addiction.
  • Demonstrate culturally relevant individual, relationship, and group intervention strategies.
  • Identify major drug classifications including symptoms of abuse or dependency, levels of tolerance, and withdrawal symptoms.
  • Identify and evaluate ethical issues and apply the code of ethics and standards of practice to promote the best interests of the client and profession.
  • Perform and document all aspects of clinical assessment except diagnosis.
  • Apply case-management roles, including service coordination, client advocacy, and linkage.
  • Provide culturally relevant education raising awareness of substance use, prevention and recovery.
  • Prepare accurate and concise clinical documents consistent with professional standards.
  • Initiate service plan with client, formulating and prioritizing mutually agreed upon problems, goals, objectives and methods.


Formal articulation agreements with other colleges and universities indicate how Sinclair programs and courses will transfer to other institutions.


MHTCD.S.AAS graduates are eligible for registration as Social Work Assistants (SWA) through the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board. The MHTCD.S.AAS program provides the educational hours required by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board for credentialing as Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistants (CDCA).

Additional Requirements

  • 2.00 or higher GPA
  • Enrollment in MHT 1101
  • Initial advising meeting with HSBH faculty

Additional Information

  • State and federal background check required for participation in practicum (internship) courses.
  • Students with felony backgrounds will not be able to work with certain populations or agencies.
  • Completion of MHT 1130 leads to Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA) Phase I credential.
  • Graduation leads to Social Worker Assistant (SWA) credential


Course Title Credits
ALH 1101 Introduction to Healthcare Delivery 2
BIO 1107 Human Biology 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MHT 1101 Introduction to Human Services & Behavioral Health 3
MHT 1130 Introduction to Addictive Illness 3
MHT 1201 Interviewing Skills 3
MHT 1203 Professional Documentation 2
MHT 1236 Assessment & Diagnosis of Substance Use Disorders 3
MHT 2111 Group Dynamics I 3
MHT 2121 Practicum I 5
MHT 2137 Treatment Techniques in Substance Use Disorders 3
MHT 2138 Ethical Issues in Behavioral Healthcare 2
MHT 2211 Group Dynamics II 3
MHT 2222 Practicum II 5
MHT 2235 Family Dynamics of Addiction 3
MHT 2239 Dual Diagnosis 2
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology 3
(PSY 1160 OR SOC 1160 OR SOC 2215) 3
(MAT 1120 OR MAT 1130) 3
COM 2206 OR COM 2211 3
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information

The Human Services and Behavioral Health (HSBH) department has been accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education since 1984.

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This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances. View current catalog.