The Applied Psychology degree offers a broad foundation in direct service provision of quality mental health and other community services as well as a choice of more specialized service areas including addiction services, aging services, behavioral health/mental health services, child and family services, community social services, disability services, and supervisory services. The degree program is interdisciplinary in nature and is designed to prepare students for direct service careers in a variety of public, nonprofit, or private mental health or community service organizations. The program offers students opportunities for practical application of learning within an academic framework of respect for diversity, utilizing current ethical and community best practices standards. Job growth in these areas of direct service paraprofessional careers is estimated to be above average in the foreseeable future.
STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
- Demonstrate the fundamental knowledge, skills, and standards currently required for direct services in mental health and various community services.
- Analyze individual service goals, behavior, strengths, needs, planning, and implementation strategies related to current service models.
- Apply knowledge of best practices and ethical standards in planning and implementation of service plans in mental health and community services.
- Develop knowledge and skills in one or more specialized service areas of mental health and/or community services.