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Associate in Science Degree Program

Social Service: Mental Health Option

The Social Services Degree curriculum has a dual function. It prepares students for entry-level career positions in a variety of social service occupations and it provides the first two years of a course of study leading to a baccalaureate degree. The Capital Community College A.S. degree in Social Services articulates with the Central Connecticut State University Bachelor of Social Work and the Saint Joseph College B.A. Social Work program.

The curriculum prepares students for employment as mental health aides, group residence workers, neighborhood outreach workers, social casework assistants and other similar positions. In many instances, social service workers are employed under the supervision of a social worker, or in some cases a psychologist. Employment opportunities exist in such areas as day care, nursery school education, mental health, group and community work at the public and private levels.

Students have the option of declaring a major in Social Services, Social Services with a Mental Health Option, or Social Services with a Library Technical Assistant Option.

Graduates are prepared to pursue further education at colleges leading to a baccalaureate degree in several professional areas including social work, criminal justice, psychology, sociology, education and counseling.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Knowledge of the history and foundation of the human service profession
  2. Entry-level skills in the area of strategies and intervention
  3. Ability to work collaboratively in groups
  4. Application of skills and methods with different populations in need
  5. Entry-level competency in the performance of case management needs assessment, group work, interviewing process and client engagement
Course of Study¹
FIRST SEMESTER
Credits
Intro to Human Services
3
Composition
3
Principles of Sociology
3
Intro to Software Applications
3
General Psychology
3
SECOND SEMESTER
Credits
Intermediate Algebra OR
3
Statistics with Technology
Composition & Literature
3
Group Dynamics
3
Human Biology OR
4
Intro to Biology
Intro to Mental Health Systems
3
THIRD SEMESTER
Credits
Human Services Skills and Methods
3
Minorities in the U.S. OR
3
Milticultural Issues in Psychology
Principles of Macroeconomics OR
3
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Free Elective
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Language Elective Level I
3
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Arts Elective
3
FOURTH SEMESTER
Credits
Practicum in Mental Health
3
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Humanities Elective
3
Abnormal Psychology
3
Sociology of the Family
3
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Language Elective Level II
3

¹ Click on the Course# for course description,
pre-requisites and additional information.

Students who wish to transfer should consult a counselor regarding whether the free elective chosen will transfer to a specific institution.

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