Mental Health/Social Work (MHS.APP)
Associate in Applied Science
The Associate in Applied Science degree is designed to prepare students for employment in a wide variety of human service agencies as assistants to professionals. The program is also designed to transfer as the first two years in the professional career programs of social work, counseling, special education, substance abuse, gerontology and human resource development.
In addition to general education courses, students receive supervised field practice in cooperating agencies including mental health clinics, drug and alcohol abuse centers, special education facilities, community action programs, public assistance offices, hospitals, rehabilitation programs and residential care programs. Students have the opportunity to work with a variety of clients including terminally ill, AIDS, developmentally disabled and geriatric clients.
All mental health core classes include both classroom experience and agency placement. The classes are designed to teach the skills and knowledge needed for the field as well as provide a forum for discussion on the field work. After a student is accepted to the program, they may begin the mental health classes in either the fall or winter semester. Classes may be taken one or two at a time.
In addition to the general education and core courses, a student may modify their program to suit their individual career plans by choosing the needed electives and support courses. The fieldwork and internship may be chosen to meet a certain area of specialization or a variety may be selected for the purpose of exploration. These are the most common areas of specialization:
- General Human Service
- Substance Abuse
- Residential Care Programming
- Special Education or Classroom Paraprofessional
Upon completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for and obtain a Registered Social Service Technician certificate from the state of Michigan.
Requirements for acceptance to the program include:
- The completion of 25 college credits with a grade point average of 2.5 or higher.
- Completion of three psychology classes (PSY 2510 or above) and ENG 1510 with a grade of ‘C+’ or better.
- Two interviews with the coordinators of the Mental Health/Social Work Program at the Auburn Hills Campus. The interviews should be scheduled during the student’s freshman semester.
- No current substance abuse, physical or mental health problems which might affect the student’s ability to work in this field.
A criminal background check is required for admission into the Mental Health/Social Work Program. Students will be denied admission to the program for reasons that include but are not limited to the following: 1) conviction of a felony or conviction of an attempt to commit a felony within fifteen years preceding the start of the program; 2) conviction of a misdemeanor involving abuse, neglect, assault, battery, or criminal sexual conduct, or involving fraud or theft against a vulnerable person, within fifteen years preceding the start of the program; or 3) conviction of a misdemeanor within five years preceding the start of the program. For details, contact the MHA Program Coordinator.
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|MHA 1404||Counseling and Interviewing Skills Plus Internship||4|
|MHA 1414||Interpersonal Theory and Practice Plus Internship||4|
|MHA 2406||Group Dynamics Theory and Practice Plus Internship||6|
|MHA 2416||Family Systems Theory and Practice Plus Internship||6|
|Required Supportive Courses|
|ENG 15101||Composition I||3|
|PSY 25101||Introduction to Psychology||3|
|PSY 27101||Child Development||3|
|or PSY 2740||Human Development Across the Lifespan||3|
|PSY 28101||Psychology of Adjustment||3|
|PSY 2910||Abnormal Psychology||3|
|SOC||Any Sociology course||3|
|Total Credit Hours for Program-Related Courses||38|
|ANT||Any Anthropology course||3|
|COM||Any Communication course||1-3|
|ECO 26101||Economics I||3|
|MHA 1500||Fundamentals of Alcohol and Drug Abuse||4|
|MHA 1510||Substance Abuse Treatments||4|
|PER 2540||Medical First Responder/First Responder||4|
|POL 15101||American Government||3|
|SLS 10001||American Sign Language (ASL) I||3|
|General Education Requirements|
|Communication / English (3-credits)|
|Fine Arts / Humanities (3-credits)||3|
|Mathematics / Science (3-credits)||3|
|Social Science (3-credits)|
|Written Communication (3-credits)||3|
|Additional elective credits needed to meet requirements for an Associate in Applied Science degree||15|
|Total Credit Hours||62|
Course may be used to meet General Education requirements.
A minimum cumulative 2.00 grade point average (GPA) overall is required for graduation.