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Mental Health Technology

The Mental Health Technology degree is a challenging and specialized associate degree program that will train students to become a human service worker under the supervision of other professionals in a wide variety of community settings to include:  

  • Community Mental Health Centers
  • Substance Abuse Centers
  • Treatment Centers (in-patient and outpatient)
  • Senior Citizen Programs
  • Case Management


  As students work through the Mental Health Technology program,  they will gain valuable skills in:  


  • Counseling
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  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Social Work/Case Management


Along with gaining knowledge and skills in group dynamics, activity therapy, interpersonal communication, and social casework there is a strong emphasis on the characteristics of an effective helper—self-harmony, genuineness, empathy, acceptance, and responsiveness.


Career Possibilities

Due to the general background of the program, the graduate may expect to find employment in various community settings. Among these may be community mental health centers, substance abuse centers, treatment centers (inpatient and outpatient) for emotionally disturbed children and teens, senior citizen programs, and as advocates for these types of services.


Program Outcomes

  1. Understand the history, current state and nature of the mental health/social services professions.
  2. Become proficient in interviewing techniques and related casework and mental health/social services record-keeping.
  3. Have in-depth knowledge of personality theory and the counseling theory and techniques that evolve from the personality theory, and to show proficiency in putting these techniques into practice. 
  4. To show proficiency in theory, content, and application of activity therapy, and its use in mental health and social services.
  5. Understand the techniques of counseling diverse populations and the issues of diversity as they apply to working in the mental health and social services field.
  6. Understand group dynamics theory and to show proficiency in applying this theory, both in group leadership and group participation in actual practice.
  7. Understand the history, cultural interpretation, and diagnostic classification system of mental disorders and demonstrate basic capability of using the DSM 5.

Transfer Agreements

Transfer and articulation agreements establish pathways for Belmont College graduates to complete an associate degree and then transfer to complete a bachelor’s degree seamlessly.   Graduates may elect to go on and major in Social Work through our 2 + 2 articulation agreements with other local colleges.