Mental Health - Academic Program



This two-year curriculum combines academic courses at the Essex campus of The Community College of Baltimore County with three semesters of clinical training in a variety of mental health agencies. Students spend a total of 300 hours in practicum experiences with supervision both on campus and at the field placement. The field placement experience provides training in skills such as:

  • Techniques of interviewing and counseling
  • Relating to individuals, groups and communities
  • Change agent
  • Working effectively within systems
  • Problem solving
  • Client advocacy
  • Program development
  • Understanding of personality
  • Group and societal dynamics
  • Direct care of clients
  • Creative use of self and other resources
  • Treatment planning
  • Crisis intervention

The student learns to integrate these skills, attitudes and knowledge for the purpose of making effective decisions. As a result, students take appropriate actions as a member of an interdisciplinary team in delivering effective mental health care to the community.

Graduates of the program are primarily prepared for employment at the entry level in a variety of settings such as mental health hospitals, community mental health centers, centers for the mentally challenged and other human service agencies. Although the graduate is trained for immediate entry in the working field, they are also eligible to articulate to a four-year mental health, psychology or social work curriculum.

The Mental Health Program offers an A.A.S. Degree and is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (C.S.H.S.E.).

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