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MHT 1101 Introduction to Mental Health Services

Introduction to the field of mental health services. Students will identify principles, skills and history and evolution of the mental health field. Analyze motives, values, biases, cultural and social influences for becoming a helper. Examine key terminology and concepts. Describe basic theories, evidenced based practices and interventions of the helping profession. Recognize professional behaviors, documentation practices and ethical standards required to work in the helping profession.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Mental Health and Addiction Services
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: DEV 0035 


  • Identify principles, skills, philosophies and historical evolution of the mental health system in the United States and the impact on modern American culture and community.
  • Examine key concepts and terminology related to helping professions, including non-stigmatizing language and trauma informed care.
  • Describe basic theories of helping, evidenced-based treatment techniques, and interventions used in helping professions.
  • Recognize the professional behaviors, documentation practices, and ethical standards required to work in helping professions.
  • Analyze one's own motives, biases, values, beliefs, and obstacles including cultural and social influences, for becoming a worker in helping professions.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3