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counseling & mental health services

Help people improve their lives through counseling, treatment planning, group facilitation, education, advocacy and/or crisis intervention. You can enjoy a rewarding career as a mental health support worker, abuse counselor, AODA counselor or treatment specialist.

Counseling and Mental Health Services


Human Services (AAS)

61 Credits Location: Appleton

The Human Services associate degree program will train you to provide education, support, care, advocacy and/or crisis intervention in a human service agency. You'll acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. Key components of this degree include: cultural awareness and an understanding of diverse cultural groups, a responsible attitude, commitment to serve others and effective communication skills. You'll gain occupational experience through Internship 1 and Internship 2 or will engage in the community through Service Learning.

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Human Services Assistant (TD)

25 Credits Location: Appleton

The Human Services Assistant technical diploma is ideal if you’re looking to assist and provide client services in a wide variety of fields such as psychology, rehabilitation or social work, including support families. This technical diploma will provide you with strong skills in interviewing, communicating, building rapport for trusting relationships and counseling techniques for professions where this is key. Upon graduation, you’ll be able to assist clients in identifying and obtaining available benefits and social and community services. You’ll also be able to assist social workers with developing, organizing and conducting programs to prevent and resolve problems relevant to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation or dependent care. As an embedded technical diploma, this program ladders fully into the Human Services associate degree program.

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Substance Abuse Counselor Education 360 Hr Comprehensive Program (C)

14 Credits Location: Appleton

If you already hold the Wisconsin Substance Abuse Counselor (SAC)-IT level credential, this program will help you meet the Department of Safety and Professional Services requirements for the SAC credential. You’ll develop the skills to interview clients for the assessment and diagnosis of substance abuse. In addition, you’ll gain an understanding of mental disorders that co-exist with substance disorders and develop your group facilitation skills. You’ll also learn about case management and the related documentation.

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Substance Abuse Counselor in Training (C)

8 Credits Location: Appleton

If you already have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a human services field and want to meet the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services educational requirement for the SAC-IT credential, this program will help. You’ll learn basic information about substance abuse counseling, including clients’ rights and clinical ethics. You’ll also gain an understanding of addiction and explore best practices for counseling clients.

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Substance Use Disorder Counseling (AAS)

60 Credits Location: Appleton

Help people break free from the grip of substance abuse. In this rewarding career, you will work with a team of health and social services professionals to provide alcohol and other drug abuse (AODA) treatment services. Through classroom, laboratory and internship experience, you’ll develop skills in counseling, diagnosis, treatment planning, group facilitation and crisis management. You’ll also learn how to respect clients' rights and understand the complexity of addiction illnesses. This degree prepares you for entry-level work in licensed AODA facilities such as clinics, hospitals and community residential facilities, as well as correctional facilities, employee or student assistance programs, and various community and social service agencies.

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Types of Offerings

AAS - Associate Degree
TD - Technical Diploma
C - Certificate
A - Apprenticeship