Mental Health Technology
Credential Issued Associate of Science
Program Length 52 Weeks
Total Major Core 45 Credits
General Education Hours 15 Credits
Total Semester Hours 60 Credits
The Mental Health Technology prepares students with the technical abilities, both written and verbal, for the mental health profession, as the focus moves from institutionalized rehabilitative services to developmental community-based services. Students will be prepared to assist psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals in assessment, referral, counseling, and recreational activities for patients/ clients in residential and outpatient mental health care facilities. Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the national certification examination for psychiatric technicians offered by the American Association of Psychiatric Technicians and will have completed partial requirements for the Certified Addictions Professional (CAP) credential as outlined in Florida Statutes. This curriculum is comprised of a total of sixty (60) credit hours presented over seven (7) Semesters.
This program focuses on broad, transferable skills and stresses understanding and demonstration of the following elements of the health care industry; planning, management, finance, technical and production skills, underlying principles of technology, labor issues, community issues and health, safety, and environmental issues.
The content includes but is not limited to depression, schizophrenia, personality disorders, charting, obsessive compulsive behavior, anxiety values, crisis intervention, coma, hallucinations, organic brain syndrome, manic/depressive illness, electro convulsive therapy, group therapy, medications, and adjunctive therapy.