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Mental and Social Health Services is a degree category that consists of the following common degrees:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy

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    Marriage and Family Therapy

    Marriage and family therapy (MFT) – also called couples and family therapy (CFT) – focuses on the behaviors of family members and their relationships with one another. The foundation or unit of treatment in MFT is never just the person, even if only a single person is in treatment. It is the context of the person’s life, the set of relationships in which the person is embedded.

    Marriage and family therapists are mental health professionals who apply their training in psychotherapy, family systems, and relationships to help people with mental and emotional issues. These include depression, marital conflict, sexual difficulties and concerns, anxiety, chemical dependency, child-parent problems, eating disorders, obesity, dementia, and unmanageable anger, hostility, or violence. MFT students study the causes and treatments of these disorders and problems and learn to take a holistic approach to the healthcare of individuals suffering from them.

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  • Substance Abuse Counseling

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    Substance Abuse Counseling

    Substance abuse counselors, or [social workers] (/careers/substance-abuse-social-worker/), are mental health professionals who help people suffering from drug or alcohol addiction. Degree programs in the field provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to undertake this work.

    The curriculum covers the nature and causes of alcohol and drug dependencies, the psychobiology of addiction, abuse prevention, interview and intervention techniques for different client groups, relapse triggers, and relapse avoidance.

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  • Community Health

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    Community Health
  • Mental Health Counseling

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    Mental Health Counseling

    Mental health disorders account for several of the top causes of disability in established market economies, and include major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. One in four American adults suffers from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year.

    Many people suffer from more than one mental disorder at a given time. Approximately 9.5% of American adults aged 18 and over will suffer from a depressive illness each year. Most people who commit suicide have a diagnosable mental disorder. These statistics speak to the vital role that mental health counseling plays in society.

    Degree programs in the field teach students to take a holistic approach to helping people deal with issues that impact their mental health and overall well-being. They prepare them to be mental health counselors committed to treating the whole person, to connecting the biological, psychological, spiritual, and socio-cultural dimensions of human behavior.

    Learning outcomes include knowledge and skills in ethical practice, social and cultural diversity, human growth and development, career development, helping relationships, group counseling, assessment, research and program evaluation, diagnosis, and crisis intervention and trauma.

    Mental health affects how we think, how we feel, and how we act. It influences how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices at every stage of our lives, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Mental health counseling can be the life raft that helps us stay afloat in a demanding and often chaotic world.

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  • Psychoanalysis

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    Psychoanalysis
  • Psychotherapy

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    Psychotherapy

    Psychotherapy is based on the teachings of Austrian neurologist Sigmund Freud, who believed that the subconscious was responsible for much of human behavior. At its most basic level, psychotherapy is the practice of helping people access the subconscious to deal with emotional, mental, and social conditions. It is essentially ‘talk therapy’ or dialogue between patient and therapist. Psychotherapists help clients think differently about past traumas, calm destructive thoughts, manage stress, deal with addiction, cope with betrayal or grief, and define wellness goals.

    Students of psychotherapy explore the concepts of psychology, learn how our physiology influences our thoughts and behaviors, learn how to diagnose and treat psychological disorders and manage the therapist-patient relationship, develop skills in research and psychological study design, and learn how to practice psychotherapy in an ethical and professional manner.

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