Mental Health

ASSOCIATE IN APPLIED SCIENCE DEGREE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

Program Description:

KVCC’s Mental Health Programs prepare students to work with individuals with prolonged, pervasive, and persistent mental illness.  Core courses in these programs provide students with the core competencies for their Mental Health Rehabilitation Technicial / Community (MHRT/C) level of certification.

Persons with an MHRT/C can apply for positions in the mental health field including Community Integration, Intensive Case Management, Assertive Community Treatment, Skills Development, Day Support Services, and Family Psycho-Education.

KVCC’s Mental Health Program provides students with the knowledge and skills they need to work with individuals with prolonged, pervasive, and persistent mental illness.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree in Mental Health

The Program of Study for the Associate in Applied Science in Mental Health outlines the course expectations for the entire degree.

These expectations include both the core Mental Health courses required for MHRT/C certification and additional general education classes that make up the rest of the degree program.

In order to graduate with the Associate in Applied Science in Mental Health you need to complete all the course requirements as outlined in the Program of Study, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and have grades of “C” or better in all the core MHT designated courses.

Mental Health Certificate

The Mental Health Certificate focuses on the core Mental Health courses that lead to the MHRT/C Certification.  These 8 domain classes, along with the 1-credit Mental Health Seminar (MHT 101) course, make up the entire certificate.

This Certificate was designed to meet the needs of individuals who either already have a degree or simply want to focus on the 8 core classes to receive their MHRT/C.

Because ALL of the courses in this certificate transfer into the Associate in Applied Science in Mental Health degree program, students wishing to pursue the Certificate can also apply for Federal Financial Aid.

In order to graduate with a certificate, you need to complete all the course requirements as outlined in the Program of Study, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, and have grades of “C” or better in all the core MHT designated courses.

MHRT/C

MHRT stands for “Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician”.  These certificates represent some of the certifying qualifications that people need to work within the mental health field in Maine.

The regulations associated with the MHRT are managed by the Center for Learning (CFL).  The CFL is a part of the Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy at the USM Muskie School of Public Policy in Augusta, ME.

The MHRT/Community Certification applies to MaineCare (Medicaid) “other qualified mental health professionals” providing services to adults, excluding residential services.  This includes providers of community support services, case management services, intensive case management services, assertive community treatment, and day support services as outlined in Chapter II of the MaineCare Benefits Manual, Section 17.

Click HERE to review the State of Maine guidelines regarding the MHRT/C

Getting your MHRT/C at KVCC

KVCC is an official provider of MHRT/C training in the State of Maine.  The Associates in Applied Science in Mental Health has been designed to provide students with all the core courses needed for this certification.

Assessment

Mental Health Program Assessment

The Mental Health Program strives to assess its practice relating to institutional, program, and course outcomes.  To this end, the Program has recognized its role in providing essential learning opportunities toward the achievement of General Education and specific Mental Health Learning Outcomes.

Associates in Applied Science in Mental Health Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Associates in Applied Science degree in Mental Health, the graduate is prepared to:

  1. Utilize knowledge and elementary counseling skills to engage and collaborate with clients and their families.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of the formal and informal support systems in the community.
  3. Analyze problems as they occur in the community work setting and provide support and information to solve these problems.
  4. Collaborate with other treatment team members from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in the treatment of individuals, families, and other groups.
  5. Demonstrate awareness of the challenges individuals with mental health problems and diagnoses face in regard to human rights, access to services, financial strain, and social stigma.
  6. Assume ethical responsibility for their actions and abide by the ethical principles outlined in the field of Human Services.
  7. Establish and engage in a process of continued personal and professional growth in order to remain personally healthy and effective, and professionally competent.

In addition to these program outcomes, each of the 10 core courses MHRT/C courses in the Mental Health program has specific outcomes outlined and standardized across the state.  These equate with the fundamental course outcomes for each class.

MHRT/C Learning Outcomes

The Mental Health Program has identified key goals and outcomes for the program.  These are referred to as the Mental Health Program Outcomes.  In addition, the Mental Health Program provides the core competency training for the Mental Health Rehabiitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Certication.  10 classes comprise the core curriculum for the program and are aligned with the competency outcomes for the MHRT/C Certification.

Essential Learning Outcomes

These outcomes address the KVCC definition of the Educated Person. Based upon the College’s mission and its belief regarding educated people, Kennebec Valley Community College expects that its graduates will:
  • Function competently and responsibly as entry level members of their respective professions and trades;
  • Communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively in both the written and spoken word;
  • Utilize resources and technology as lifelong learners in pursuit of both their personal and professional goals;
  • Recognize opportunities for career advancement through transfer programs with other colleges and universities;
  • Solve problems and make decisions based upon logical thinking and analytical skills;
  • Respect cultural, ethnic, and intellectual diversity as involved members of their communities.

To operationalize these outcomes, the College has developed a list of “Essential Learning Outcomes” which are mapped across all programs at the College and are assessed on a regular, systematic basis.  These outcomes include:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Effective Communication – Written Communication
  • Effective Communication – Oral Communication
  • Effective Communication – Interpersonal Communication
  • Effective Communication – Teamwork

Click HERE to see a description of each of these outcomes.

The essence of these outcomes is deeply inspired by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE Rubrics. The Mental Health program has mapped not only the ELO outcomes but also ALL of the VALUE Rubric-based outcomes across the curriculum.

VALUE Rubrics

The following is a list of the AAC&U’s VALUE Rubric content areas.  Each of these have been mapped across the Mental Health program curriculum in both the Certificate and the Degree program.

  • Civic Engagement
  • Creative Thinking
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethical Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Inquiry and Analysis
  • Integrative Learning
  • Intercultural Knowledge
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Oral Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Quantitative Literacy
  • Reading
  • Teamwork
  • Written Communication

Information on the VALUE Rubrics produced by the American Association of Colleges and Universities can be found HERE.

Advisory Board

Purpose

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to elicit feedback from agencies and 4-year institutions on how we can best meet the knowledge and skill expectations as our graduates transition into the workplace and/or into Baccularate programs.

Contact

For more information, please contact:

Shawn Young
Chair, Mental Health Department
207-453-3661
syoung2@kvcc.me.edu

 

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