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Social Service/Mental Health

Department Overview
The Social Service/Mental Health Program prepares students for service and employment in the human services. Human service professionals help clients meet their diverse human social needs. Their work routinely involves interviewing, counseling, crisis intervention, assessment, outreach, coordination and community development. Pierce College offers these program degrees in the field of Social Service/Mental Health: Associate in Social Service/Mental Health Associate of Arts Degree and Certificate in Social Service/Mental Health Social Service/Mental Health Certificate These programs prepare students for service and employment in human services. The work is demanding, but rewarding. Work involves interviewing, counseling, crisis intervention, assessment, outreach, coordination and community development. The programs in the field of Social Service/Mental Health are designed to prepare students for entry-level positions and to enhance the skills of persons working in the social services. Graduates may find employment in these areas: Counselor Residential Counselor Client Advocate Case Manager Youth Counselor Human Service Worker Students who intend to transfer to a four-year institution should work closely with an advisor.

Unique Program Text
SSMH 201, 202, and 203 include a fee for medical malpractice insurance. The policy period for this insurance is 1 year (September 1 to September 1). For students registering for more than one of these classes (SSMH 201/202/203) during this time period, please contact the Cashiers Office regarding the fee.

Program Outcomes
Associate in Social Service Mental Health

Students will:
1. Examine self and field to identify and match appropriate strengths and weaknesses for successful/ meaningful education and/or career path.
2. Integrate self-awareness to cope and manage with stress in the field for self and others.
3. Incorporate an ethic of care in all aspects of practice to insure humane treatment for clients/consumers/patients, regardless of race, creed, diagnosis, wealth, age (develop appreciation social justice).
4. Maintain the integrity of the client/consumer/patient in order to establish trust.
5. Access community resources to provide for life and home maintenance stability.
6. Develop basic interpersonal skills as a foundation to counseling.
7. Know applicable laws and codes as they relate to counseling and client care.
8. Integrate an understanding of the broad spectrum of human services.

Certificate in Social Service Mental Health

Students will:
1. Examine self and field to identify and match appropriate strengths and weaknesses for successful/ meaningful education and/or career path.
2. Integrate self-awareness to cope and manage with stress in the field for self and others.
3. Incorporate an ethic of care in all aspects of practice to insure humane treatment for clients/consumers/patients, regardless of race, creed, diagnosis, wealth, age (develop appreciation social justice).
4. Maintain the integrity of the client/consumer/patient in order to establish trust.
5. Access community resources to provide for life and home maintenance stability.
6. Develop basic interpersonal skills as a foundation to counseling.
7. Know applicable laws and codes as they relate to counseling and client care.
8. Integrate an understanding of the broad spectrum of human services.

Course Listing

Course Listings for Social Service/Mental Health
HSSA& 101 - Intro to Chemical Dependency -formerly ALCDA 111-CCNGeneral Transferable Electives
SSMH 100 - INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICESGeneral Degree RequirementGeneral Transferable Electives
SSMH 170 - MENTAL HEALTH INTERVIEWING AND ASSESSMENTGeneral Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite
SSMH 185 - IDENTITY AND THE FAMILYGeneral Degree Requirement
SSMH 201 - SOCIAL SERVICE-MENTAL HEALTH FIELD EXPERIENCEGeneral Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite
SSMH 202 - SOCIAL SERVICE-MENTAL HEALTH FIELD EXPERIENCEGeneral Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite
SSMH 203 - SOCIAL SERVICE-MENTAL HEALTH FIELD EXPERIENCEGeneral Degree RequirementPre-College & Prerequisite
SSMH 210 - SELF-CARE FOR CARE GIVERS
SSMH 215 - LAW AND ETHICS IN SOCIAL SERVICESGeneral Degree Requirement
SSMH 230 - ABUSE IN THE FAMILY