Jun 27, 2022
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With the significant role that mental health plays in communities, there is a demand for professionals to connect those in need of services with the appropriate resources. In the Mental Health Facilitation specialization, students can develop the skills to help individuals navigate community mental health services. In this program, students explore the role of mental health facilitation in health behavioral changes and gain a solid understanding of the assessment and referral system for mental health intervention and support. Students’ dissertations will explore an issue in mental health facilitation.
Graduates will be prepared for nontherapeutic counseling roles such as community mental health clinic coordinator, field service provider, and resource personnel, both in military and civilian agencies.*
*Note: Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Specialization Courses (15 cr.)
Fast-Track Option Program of Study (For Students Entering With a BS Degree [Track II])
This program is no longer accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.
Walden offers a Fast-Track Option. With the Fast-Track Option, students take up to three courses and a dissertation preparatory course to expedite their path through the program.
Minimum Degree Requirements
- Doctoral Writing Assessment
- Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
- Foundation course (3 cr.)
- Core courses (45 cr.)
- Specialization courses (15 cr.)
- Research courses (20 cr.)
- Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
- Dissertation support course (5 cr.)
- Dissertation writing courses (continuous enrollment until completed and approved)
- Quarter Plans
- Four residencies
In addition, students must
- Pass a writing assessment.
- Submit an application essay.
- Maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Walden students have 8 years to complete their doctoral program unless they petition for an extension.
In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their disseration study and it is approved. In general, students are continuously registered in the dissertation course until they complete their capstone project and it is approved. This usually takes longer than the minimum required terms in the dissertation study course shell.
To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.
Students undertake courses in the following sequence.
Note on Licensure
The PhD in Human and Social Services program, including its specializations, is not designed to lead to professional licensure including licensure as a professional therapist, counselor, social worker, or psychologist.