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Mental Health Technology

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Since 1967, the Mental Health Technology department has trained over 1,300 qualified mental health professionals now working in the fields of mental health and human services, chemical dependency, substance abuse, and alcohol and drug addiction treatment, gerontology, corrections, and mental retardation.

Our department works diligently to prepare entry level workers for employment working on a human service team with supervision. Duties performed by our graduates may include activity programming, client interviewing, crisis intervention and advocacy, activity therapy, group leadership, case management, family support, drug and alcohol treatment, and mental health counseling.

This program might be for you if:

  • You would like to work in any human service profession.
  • You are a person who enjoys meeting and helping other people.
  • You have an interest in working in the mental health or psychology fields.
  • You want to gain new skills that are in demand across the country.

Our department also offers a variety of chemical dependency courses which address the continuing education needs of clinical practitioners and human service license workers. Additionally, some of our courses are included in other Life and Health Sciences academic programs. These courses are also available to be completed by some students to add mental health knowledge to another degree or certificate program. If you are interested in signing up for any course and do not plan to enter a mental health technology program, please speak with an academic advisor for further details.

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.

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 meets the 180 clock hours of chemical dependency specific education required by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Students interested in pursuing this certificate must already hold at least an Associate degree in a behavioral science or nursing, or a Bachelor's degree in any field.

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Residential Technician

This certificate provides the basic education needed to apply for residential technician positions in 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, and professional and ethical expectations. There is a 105 hour practicum included in the certificate.

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Degree Programs

Mental Health Technology - Associate of Applied Science

The Mental Health Technology program prepares entry-level mental health workers as members of a professional team under clinical supervision. Duties may include client interviewing, crisis intervention and advocacy, activity therapy, group leadership and case management. The Mental Health Technology 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. 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 or after MHT 1200. A grade of C or higher is required in all program courses. The practicum portion of the curriculum provides more than 420 hours of supervised clinical experience.

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Program Accreditation Information
Mental Health Technology is accredited with the Council for Standards in Human Service Education since 1984.


Mental Health Technology/Chemical Dependency - Associate of Applied Science

The Mental Health Technology/Chemical Dependency program prepares entry-level workers for employment working on a professional team with clinical supervision in a chemical dependency treatment setting. 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 a grade of C or higher in all program courses.

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Transfer Opportunities

Make the most of your education by starting at Sinclair Community College. Our quality programs and low tuition make it a great place to start even if you intend to further your education beyond an associate degree or certificate. You would be surprised at the money you could save by completing your first two years of study at Sinclair—just take a look at our low tuition and see the savings for yourself. You can also learn more by visiting Sinclair’s Transfer Web site »

Articulation & Transfer Agreements

Sinclair works directly with many four-year schools in Ohio and beyond to ensure the college credit you earn will transfer easily to those schools. By developing articulation agreements, formal agreements between colleges detailing the recognition of college credit between the schools, you will know you are meeting the requirements needed at the four-year school of your choice. Learn more about articulation and transfer »

Ohio Transfer Module

The Associate of Arts and the Associate of Science degree programs fulfill the requirements for the Ohio Transfer Module at other public colleges and universities. Students in applied associate degree programs may complete some individual transfer module courses within their degree program or continue beyond their program to complete the entire transfer module.

Upon completion of the Ohio Transfer Module, students will be able to enter most Ohio four-year colleges and universities as a junior with your general education requirements completed. Find out more about the Ohio Transfer Module »

Transferring Individual Classes

In addition to transferring with a degree, college credit for many courses, including some mental health technology program requirements, are accepted at other colleges and universities. Learn more about course equivalency »

General Agreements

While at Sinclair, if you plan to complete any associate degree program, there are agreements in place to help you easily transfer into a variety of bachelor’s degree completion programs.

Your transfer opportunities
may include:

  • Antioch University McGregor
  • Franklin University
  • Kaplan University
  • Ohio Dominican University
  • Ohio University
  • Purdue University
  • Strayer University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Wright State University
  • and more…

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Please Note: Sinclair continues to work with other colleges and universities to provide more opportunities through new articulation and transfer agreements. Please consult with an academic advisor for the most up-to-date information.

Related Programs

Sinclair Community College offers a wide variety of certificate and degree programs. With so many to choose from, we are sure that you can find a program that suits your needs. If you are interested in the mental health technology programs, you might also be interested in learning more about these programs at Sinclair: