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Mental Health Services MHT.S.AAS

Associate of Applied Science - 63 Credit Hours

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Mental Health and Addiction Services
Effective as of Fall 2022

What is the program about?

The Mental Health Services degree prepares entry-level mental health professionals as members of an inter-disciplinary team under clinical supervision. Duties may include client interviewing, crisis intervention, advocacy, group facilitation and case management. The Mental Health Services degree can be completed on a full-time or part-time basis. If enrolled full-time, it is designed to be completed in five (5) semesters. This degree consists of open enrollment courses (general education and division specific) and program specific courses restricted to majors. The open enrollment courses may be taken prior to entry into the limited enrollment courses. To qualify for entry in to limited enrollment MHT courses, students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA, a grade of C or higher in all program courses and complete MHAS Online Orientation and an initial faculty advising appointment while enrolled in MHT 1101 Introduction to Mental Health Services. The practicum portion of the curriculum provides 420 hours of supervised clinical experience. Note: For students under age 18 there may be restrictions on participating in certain Health Sciences programs. Any student under age 18 must contact the program director/department chair to discuss whether he or she may enroll.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written reporting skills.
  • Assess and prioritize client needs.
  • Accurately gather information through clinical interviews and observation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics and patterns contributing to the development of an individual's current functioning.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness and effective self-management.
  • Plan effective intervention strategies.
  • Establish/maintain effective therapeutic relationships.
  • Demonstrate interventions to meet client needs.
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical practice with a sensitivity to and respect for cultural, ethnic and life-style diversity.
  • Facilitate group interactions reflecting a knowledge and understanding of group dynamics.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may be eligible for registration by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board as a Social Work Assistant (SWA). MHT 1130 provides the educational hours required by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board to apply for the CDCA Preliminary credential.


Capital University
Indiana Wesleyan


MHT.AAS and MHTCD.AAS graduates may be eligible for registration as a Social Work Assistant (SWA) by the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, Marriage and Family Therapist Board. Students who successfully complete MHT 1130 Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling are eligible to apply for the Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant (CDCA, Preliminary) credential by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board.

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 1111 General Biology I 4
BIO 1117 Lab for General Biology I 0
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MAT 1130 (Mathematics in Health Sciences) OR Ohio Transfer 36: Mathematics Elective 3
MHT 1101 Introduction to Mental Health Services 3
MHT 1130 Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling CDCA Preliminary 3
MHT 1201 Interviewing Skills 3
MHT 1202 Motivational Interviewing 3
MHT 1203 Professional Documentation 3
MHT 2105 Psychosocial Methods 3
MHT 2111 Group Dynamics I 3
MHT 2112 Lab for Group Dynamics I 0
MHT 2121 Practicum I 5
MHT 2211 Group Dynamics II 3
MHT 2212 Lab for Group Dynamics II 0
MHT 2222 Practicum II 5
MHT 2245 Mental Health & the Family 3
MHT 2250 Child & Adolescent Mental Health 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
PSY 1160 Black Psychology 3
PSY 2217 Abnormal Psychology 3
MHT 2138 Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions 2
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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.