Mental Health Program Assessment
The Mental Health Program strives to assess its practice relating to institutional, program, and course outcomes. To this end, the Program has recognized its role in providing essential learning opportunities toward the achievement of General Education and specific Mental Health Learning Outcomes.
Associates in Applied Science in Mental Health Program Outcomes
Upon completion of the Associates in Applied Science degree in Mental Health, the graduate is prepared to:
- Utilize knowledge and elementary counseling skills to engage and collaborate with clients and their families.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the formal and informal support systems in the community.
- Analyze problems as they occur in the community work setting and provide support and information to solve these problems.
- Collaborate with other treatment team members from a variety of disciplines and perspectives in the treatment of individuals, families, and other groups.
- Demonstrate awareness of the challenges individuals with mental health problems and diagnoses face in regard to human rights, access to services, financial strain, and social stigma.
- Assume ethical responsibility for their actions and abide by the ethical principles outlined in the field of Human Services.
- Establish and engage in a process of continued personal and professional growth in order to remain personally healthy and effective, and professionally competent.
In addition to these program outcomes, each of the 10 core courses MHRT/C courses in the Mental Health program has specific outcomes outlined and standardized across the state. These equate with the fundamental course outcomes for each class.
MHRT/C Learning Outcomes
The Mental Health Program has identified key goals and outcomes for the program. These are referred to as the Mental Health Program Outcomes. In addition, the Mental Health Program provides the core competency training for the Mental Health Rehabiitation Technician/Community (MHRT/C) Certication. 10 classes comprise the core curriculum for the program and are aligned with the competency outcomes for the MHRT/C Certification.
Essential Learning Outcomes
These outcomes address the KVCC definition of the Educated Person. Based upon the College's mission and its belief regarding educated people, Kennebec Valley Community College expects that its graduates will:
- Function competently and responsibly as entry level members of their respective professions and trades;
- Communicate clearly, effectively, and persuasively in both the written and spoken word;
- Utilize resources and technology as lifelong learners in pursuit of both their personal and professional goals;
- Recognize opportunities for career advancement through transfer programs with other colleges and universities;
- Solve problems and make decisions based upon logical thinking and analytical skills;
- Respect cultural, ethnic, and intellectual diversity as involved members of their communities.
To operationalize these outcomes, the College has developed a list of "Essential Learning Outcomes" which are mapped across all programs at the College and are assessed on a regular, systematic basis. These outcomes include:
- Critical Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Quantitative Reasoning
- Effective Communication - Written Communication
- Effective Communication - Oral Communication
- Effective Communication - Interpersonal Communication
- Effective Communication - Teamwork
Click HERE to see a description of each of these outcomes.
The essence of these outcomes is deeply inspired by the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) VALUE Rubrics. The Mental Health program has mapped not only the ELO outcomes but also ALL of the VALUE Rubric-based outcomes across the curriculum.
The following is a list of the AAC&U's VALUE Rubric content areas. Each of these have been mapped across the Mental Health program curriculum in both the Certificate and the Degree program.
Inquiry and Analysis
Information on the VALUE Rubrics produced by the American Association of Colleges and Universities can be found HERE.
The purpose of the Advisory Board is to elicit feedback from agencies and 4-year institutions on how we can best meet the knowledge and skill expectations as our graduates transition into the workplace and/or into Baccularate programs.