Advancing Mental Health Treatment in Society
As many as 25% of U.S. adults suffer from a mental disorder and up to 50% will develop one at some point in their life*. The mental health policy and practice specialization prepares graduates for senior leadership positions in behavioral health service organizations including state government and private enterprise. The goal of this specialization is to provide an evidence-based practice approach to those people who have substantial experience in their respective disciplines and wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of behavioral health administration and care. The mental health policy and practice specialization offers a strong base in theory and research, promotes an awareness of ethics and respect for diversity, and will help you advance your critical thinking and communication skills. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, the specialization provides experience in the appraisal of literature which focuses on the application of behavioral health and organizational management. Students will also develop a working knowledge of forensic casework, and gain an in-depth understanding of financial issues related to mental health policy and practice.
The NCU Difference
Northcentral University’s Department of Psychology delivers PhD, master’s, bachelor’s, and graduate certificate programsin psychology that emphasize the knowledge, skills, practical application and values that are integral to the field. NCU’s education approach was developed to meet the needs of your busy life and schedule. Ideal for self-starters and independent thinkers who want a premier education with unprecedented flexibility, we use a unique one-to-one learning model that pairs one student with one doctoral professor for each course. With no teaching assistants, you learn directly from experts who provide personal feedback and professional insights. With NCU’s online learning model, there are weekly starts for every program or course. None of our programs have residency requirements, allowing flexible access to you no matter where you live. When you enroll in NCU to earn an advanced degree in psychology, you will become part of a community of professionals who are already making a difference around the world.
"I owe it to NCU, to the level of professionalism and excellence, to my chair and to my mentors. I did it, but they did it with me. They walked by my side in a way and understood my life events. I just got a really, really good education." - Sarah Magnes, PhD in Psychology (2016)
Note on Licensure: NCU’s psychology programs are not licensure programs and do not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.