The Applied Psychology Program develops the competencies needed for careers specializing in mental health, aging, addiction, disability and child/family services among others. The associate degrees and certificate within our program prepares students to be direct support professionals (DSPs) and provide guidance and support to people who need help to be self-sufficient. DSPs provide this support to a wide range of individuals including people with physical, psychiatric or cognitive disabilities or chronic illness, children and youth who are at risk and families who need assistance in supporting family members.
DSPs are found in many human service settings with various job titles, such as residential counselor, mental health technician, developmental support technician and personal support assistant.
While occupational information for psychiatric technicians is available, other mental health related occupations may require more advanced degrees.