Students who choose this concentration consisting of 41 credits are provided with an introduction to issues, problems, and resources in the mental health field. This program consists of coursework more specific to the mental health field and is highlighted by a field practicum and seminar taken concurrently during the senior year. The supervised field placement consists of a minimum of 150 hours of experience in a mental health setting. Upon completion, students will have satisfied the requirements for the B.A. degree in psychology and the concentration in mental health. The concentration provides background for graduate study leading to careers in school, counseling, or clinical psychology. Interest in the concentration should be explored during the second semester of the sophomore year or the first semester of the junior year.

Students choosing mental health are required to complete the major by fulfilling the minimum requirements for each of the following groups.

 Group 1M: Required course in the LEP Mind and Body

Group 2M: 9 credits total (Requires completion of Group 1M) BOTH of following:

AND, one of the following (specific course prerequisites apply):

Group 3M: One of the following: (Requires at least 3 credits from Group 2M; specific course prerequisites apply)

Group 4M: Required course: (Requires 3 credits from Group 2 or 3)

Group 5M: Required course: (Requires departmental permission and completed major acceptance form)

Group 6M: One of the following (Requires completion of Group 4M, with a grade of C or higher, and Group 5M)

Group 7M: Required course (Requires completion of Group 4M, with a grade of C or higher, and Group 5M)

Group 8M: One of the following (Requires completion of Group 4M, with a grade of C or higher, Group 5M, and at least 3 credits from Groups 3M and/or 6M. Some courses have additional requirements)

Group 9M: One of the following (specific course prerequisites apply)

Group 10M: One of the following (specific course prerequisites apply)

Group 11M: Both must be taken concurrently:

During the senior year, students enroll in the field practicum simultaneously with a seminar:

Field Practicum 
The field practicum requires a minimum of 150 hours of field experience in a setting such as a mental health facility, day hospital, public school, group home, community mental health services, juvenile penal institution, residential facilities for children and/or adolescents. A special feature of this program is that the Seminar in Psychological Services (PSY 471) is taken concurrently with the Field Practicum in Psychological Services (472). The topics discussed in the seminar address contemporary issues including professional ethics, confidentiality, competency, and dual relationships, among other relevant topics. This arrangement of courses is intended to support and enhance the experience of students at their practicum sites. Field Practicum Sites, a listing of potential practicum sites, is available with the course instructor. Students are not limited to these sites and are encouraged to pursue practicum experiences at facilities which would allow them to develop their own interests. Approval of the site by the Mental Health Committee is required.

Transfer students
To receive a degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Mental Health from Southern Connecticut State University, students must complete the required program courses and the field practicum at SCSU. Prior internships are not accepted as fulfilling the field practicum requirement. Students who transfer to SCSU with a prior field practicum course or internship can apply prior academic credits towards their elective requirements, and all other courses similar to the specialization special courses must be pre-approved.