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.

More information on Mental Health

Mental Health Certificate

The Mental Health Certificate focuses on the core Mental Health courses that lead to the MHRT/C Certification.  These 10 core classes, along with the 1-credit Mental Health Seminar 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 10 core classes to receive their MHRT/C.

Because ALL of the courses in this certficate 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.

Once you have completed the 100-level MHT designated courses (MHT 104, MHT 124, MHT 125, MHT 110, and MHT 112) you are eligible for the MHRT/C Provisional Certification.  Once you have your provisional certification you have up to 2-years to complete the 200-level courses and attain your full MHRT/C.

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.

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.

The following table outlines a suggested sequence of courses you can take as you progress through the program.  However, the MHT designated courses can be taken in ANY order.

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.

______________________________________________

MHRT -1 and MHRT/C

MHRT stands for “Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician”.  These certificates represent the minimum licensing 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.

MHRT-1 and MHRT/C
The MHRT/I certification applies to individuals who work as daily living support specialists and residential support workers in the adult mental health field.  While KVCC offers some of the content for the MHRT/I, students who wish to pursue this certification are encouraged to work within their agencies.  The guidelines and regulations for the MHRT-1 and MHRT/C are managed by the Maine Center for Learning.

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

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.

You are not required to hold the MHRT/I certificate before you can obtain your MHRT/C certificate.  The expectations, training, and job environments are different for these different certifications.

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.

Regulation allows that students who complete the first five subject areas may apply for a Provisional MHRT/C certification and apply for jobs requiring an MHRT/C.  At KVCC the five courses you need to complete for your Provisional MHRT/C certification include:

  • MHT 104: Community Mental Health
  • MHT 110: Interviewing and Counseling
  • MHT 112: Crisis Identification and Intervention
  • MHT 124: Psychosocial Rehabilitation
  • MHT 125: The Changing Workplace
When students have completed these five classes they may contact the Program Coordinator or Department Chair and request that their course records be submitted to the Center for Learning to obtain their Provisional MHRT/C.
When students have also completed the next five subject areas in the curriculum they may apply for a Full MHRT/C certification.  At KVCC these courses include:
  • MHT 214: Incest, Sexual Abuse, and Trauma
  • MHT 216: Mental Health and Aging
  • MHT 218: Substance Abuse Counseling
  • MHT 220: Case Management
  • MHT 226: Vocational Aspects of Disability
Students who have completed all ten core classes may contact the Program Coordinator or Department Chair and request that their course records be submitted to the Center for Learning to obtain their Full MHRT/C.

m-Learning

The Mental Health program at KVCC has an innovative m-Learning initiative focused on providing our students with the mobile technology skills they need to be competitive in the Mental Health field.

Program content and assessment activities have been developed to take advantage of the tools and applications available on the Apple iPad.  By engaging students in “Mobile Learning” or “m-Learning” we better prepare them for the application of mobile technology in the workplace.

In addition to the development of critical skills related to working in a mobile work environment, the initiative has also demonstraded a high degree of innovation in teaching methodology, assessment, and overall cost-saving for our students!

Download the Flyer
m-Learning in Mental Health: Building Technology Skills for the Labor Market

Below you will find a list of typical questions we get about the m-Learning Initiative.  As always, feel free to contact us if you have any specific questions!

Common Questions…Answers and Resources!

Do I actually need to buy an iPad to study Mental Health at KVCC

Well, you need to have access to an iPad for your in-class and online coursework.  Your best option is to buy your own.  There are places where you can rent iPads or you can borrow one.

How you get your iPad is not as important as the fact you have it to do your assignments and that you bring it to class every time.

Why do I need an iPad?  I have other devices that work fine!

While this concern is addressed in the flyer above, it is important enough to address here as well.

In order to provide the technical expertise and support needed for an initiative like this, we needed to select a single device/platform to focus our energies on.  KVCC has already invested into iPad technology and has a wonderful infrastructure to support the use of the iPad.  So, essentially, we selected the iPad because we will be better able to support you on it!

In addition, the “hardware/iOS operating system/apps and the app store” ecosystem is the most stable mobile computing platform available.

This is a lot of money! I already spend a lot on books!

This is probably one of the more exciting aspects of the program!  Because every student in the Mental Health program will have an iPad, we can begin to move all of our course materials (including textbooks) into the digital world!  Digital eBooks are often much less expensive than printed books (and they are a lot less heavy!)

We will be continually looking to move more and more materials directly onto the iPad as the program evolves.  The reduced cost in books will largely offset the cost of the iPad itself.

There are many models of the iPad, which one do I need to get?

We have selected specific applications and functions of the iPad to incorporate into our program. Your iPad needs to have the following features:

  • Camera
  • Ability to “Airplay” (project screen content to an Apple TV or other Airplay device)
  • Ability to “Airdrop” (WiFi based file-sharing)

To enable thse functions we require that you have a model iPad that is equivalant (or newer) to the…

iPad 2 (2nd Generation)

We also recommend that you have at least…

32 GB of Memory

The more memory you can have the better. If your iPad comes with lower memory (16 GB – 32 GB) you will need to carefully manage the apps and documents you store on your iPad.  Apps that you acquire (paid or free) are stored in your iTunes account so you can delete them from your iPad when you are not using them.  Documents that you create may need to be stored in a “cloud” account such as iCloud or DropBox to save room on your device.

For your reference, Apple maintains a webpage that identifies ALL models of iPads so you can be sure the one you are getting fits these expectations.

Click HERE to visit the Apple webpage describing ALL models of iPads.

This page starts with the iPad Pro, which is the MOST EXPENSIVE MODEL available, however, you do not need that much power for this program.  Every model listed on this page with the exception of the LAST ONE (the original iPad) will probably be fine.

However, we do encourage you to buy the BEST model you can AFFORD.

How do I pay for the iPad?
There are many options that are available to purchase your iPad:

  • Visit the online Apple Store and purchase (or finance) your iPad directly from Apple
  • Visit the online Apple Store for Refurbished iPads…click HERE.
  • Another great source for iPads (new and refurbished) is NewEgg…click HERE.
  • Visit an actual Apple Store (there is one located in the Maine Mall in Portland) and purchase (or finance) your iPad.
  • Since the device is required by the Mental Health program you are able to apply Financial Aid to purchase your iPad.  Please make an appointment with the Financial Aid office to review this option.
  • Cellular companies (Verizon, T-Mobile, etc.) provide data-programs that allow you to finance an iPad on your cellular plan.
  • You can purchase a used ipad through Amazon or Ebay (make sure you double check the specifications on any used device.)

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

 

Read More