A.S in Mental Health and Human Services

Available start dates for the program:  See Academic Calendar

Program language: English or Spanish

Available Schedules: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:00PM-10:00PM or 9:00AM-12:00PM, Saturday from 7:00AM-7:30PM

Educational offering are delivered through distance education(hybrid)

Program Description

Designed in response to a national and state-wide need, Jose Maria Vargas University´s A.S. Program in Mental Health and Human Services, the program prepares students for employment in a variety of community-based human services. Graduates of the Associate degree program can pursue successful careers as technicians and support personnel in crisis stabilization, case management, psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation, job coaching, community support work, crisis shelter management, and other services in a variety of agencies and institutions. 

The A.S. degree in Mental Health and Human Services at JMVU prepares students to become a Social and Human Service Assistant (occupation code 21-1093) who assists other professionals in providing services to clients. These services include providing direct client services, or connecting clients to needed benefits or community services (Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition). 

The A.S. Program in Mental Health and Human Services is a challenging and specialized associate degree program that is designed to educate students to become a social and human service assistant under the supervision of other professionals in a wide variety of community settings. The coursework for the Associate’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services has a focus on applied psychology and mental health, while an internship provides students with the opportunity to work in a human service, mental health, or substance abuse rehabilitation agency. 

Students completing the A.S. Program will gain valuable skills in group dynamics, activity therapy, interpersonal communication, and case management. They will be taught to maintain records and prepare reports while respecting the confidential nature of the information. 

Program Objectives

  • Demonstrate the clinical skills of screening, assessment, treatment planning, termination, and referral. 

  • Explain the history, current state and nature of mental health and human services professions as well as the theoretical orientations that apply to clinical and counseling settings. 

  • Explains the nature of behavior and recognizes mental and behavioral disorders  

  • Integrate technology to the clinical and counseling settings 

  • List psychological assessment and use quantitative and empirical reasoning to analyze and draw conclusions. 

  • Uses the helping skills and case management skills essential in clinical s and counseling setting. 

  •  Practice ethical behavior 

  • Pursue the Behavioral Health Technician Certificate awarded by the Florida Certification Board 

*Source:Career One Stop