To study psychology is to make a difference in the world. Psychology touches on almost every aspect of the human experience, from learning and memory to personality and mental disorders.
Active Minds is the leading nonprofit that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. Our student-run chapter of Active Minds at LBCC is a health awareness, education, and advocacy group, where you can serve as liaison between other students and the mental health community.
Two Families Now
One way psychology benefits the population is in taking basic research and translating it into programs that can benefit people. Working with IRIS Educational Media, with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), our faculty member Dr. Laura Backen Jones created Two Families Now: a group for parents going through separation and divorce. The program is used nationwide; it’s the only online parent education and family stabilization course listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).
Should you be pursuing QMHA?
LBCC's associate degrees significantly prepare students for career paths that lead to becoming a Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA.) We encourage students to consult with their instructors for guidance on how our programs align with the qualifications needed for QMHA certification.
The QMHA certification, offered by the Mental Health and Addictions Certification Board of Oregon is beneficial for individuals pursuing careers in various mental health and addiction-related fields. Holding a QMHA certification can enhance opportunities in occupations such as mental health technician, behavioral health specialist, case manager, community support specialist, or residential counselor. These roles often involve providing direct support and assistance to individuals dealing with mental health challenges or substance use disorders.