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Mental Health/Substance Abuse & Addictions, AAS

  • Academic Year: 2023-2024
  • Division / Department: Human Services & Education / Mental Health/Social Work
  • Degree Code: MH.SA.AAS
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Successful completion of this program opens doors to employment or a better position in social welfare, governmental and community service agencies. Graduates can make significant contributions wherever people are employed to help others with social- and mental health-related situations.

This specialty provides training and courses for persons working toward state recognition as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) certification and/or those persons interested in working in areas of substance abuse/addiction with children, adolescents or adults. The substance abuse/addiction curriculum prepares persons for entry-level employment in the field of addictionology as well as fulfills needs of those currently working in the field of substance abuse.

A grade of C or better is required for all mental health courses for graduation.

Marketable Skills

1. Understand basic concepts of populations cared for in the mental health field.

2. Differentiate among various disorders in DSM-5. (CT)

3. Understand the development and cycle of addictions.

4. Apply principles, methods and practices of chemical dependency counseling. (COM)

5. Demonstrate professional and ethical behaviors of mental health workers. (SR,PR)

6. Refer clients to appropriate community resources. (TW)

Semester I

SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Service 3 hours
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3 hours
DAAC 1317 Basic Counseling Skills 3 hours
SCWK 1303 Ethics for Social Service Professionals 3 hours
12 hours

Semester II

DAAC 1319 Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders 3 hours
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3 hours
PSYC 2301 General Psychology OR
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
3 hours
PMHS 1291 Special Topics in Psychiatric/Mental Health Services 2 hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3 hours
14 hours

Semester III

DAAC 2307 Addicted Family Intervention 3 hours
DAAC 2330 Multicultural Counseling 3 hours
DAAC 1309 Assessment of Substance-Related & Addictive Disorders 3 hours
SCWK 2301 Assessment and Case Management 3 hours
PMHS 1267 Practicum - Psychiatric/Mental Health Services Tech 2 hours
CMSW 1341 Behavior Modification with Cognitive Disorders 3 hours
17 hours

Semester IV

DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3 hours
Mathematics (college-level) 3 hours
ENGL 1302 Composition II or
ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing
3 hours
Creative Arts elective 3 hours
DAAC 2266 Practicum - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 2 hours
PSYT 2331 Abnormal Psychology 3 hours
17 hours
Total hours:60 hours

Creative Arts

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3 hours
ARTS 1303 Art History I (Prehistoric to the 14th Century) 3 hours
ARTS 1304 Art History II (14th Century to the Present) 3 hours
DRAM 1310 Theater Appreciation 3 hours
DRAM 2361 History of Theater I 3 hours
DRAM 2362 History of Theater II 3 hours
DRAM 2366 Film Appreciation 3 hours
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3 hours
MUSI 1307 Music Literature 3 hours
MUSI 1310 American Music 3 hours


MATH 1314 College Algebra 3 hours
MATH 1316 Plane Trigonometry 3 hours
MATH 1324 Mathematics for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1325 Calculus for Business & Social Sciences 3 hours
MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics (Quantitative Reasoning) 3 hours
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods 3 hours
MATH 1350 Mathematics for Teachers I (Fundamentals of Mathematics I) 3 hours
MATH 1351 Mathematics for Teachers II (Fundamentals of Mathematics II) 3 hours
MATH 1414 College Algebra (Stem Intensive) 4 hours
MATH 2305 Discrete Mathematics 3 hours
MATH 2318 Linear Algebra 3 hours
MATH 2320 Differential Equations 3 hours
MATH 2412 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 4 hours
MATH 2413 Calculus I 4 hours
MATH 2414 Calculus II 4 hours
MATH 2415 Calculus III 4 hours