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Major Code: 3067
Award: AAS
CIPS Code: 30.1701
Total Credits: 67-72

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences program is designed to prepare students for careers as behavioral health technicians, case managers, parent aides, family advocates, respite care workers, and paraprofessional counselors. The program includes courses designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver basic, specialized, and comprehensive behavioral health services. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences.

Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program. Student must select one of the following tracks in the Restricted Electives area: Track 1: Violence and Abuse Prevention Track Track 2: Grief and Bereavement Recovery Track Track 3: General Integrated Track

Required Courses

Credits: 38
BPC101AAIntroduction to Computers I 1
BHS101Introduction to Ethical Counseling Issues 3
BHS105Introduction to Human Relations 2
BHS115Group Dynamics 3
BHS/SWU130Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 3
BHS151Communication Skills in Counseling I 3
BHS156Supervised Practice I 3
BHS204Counseling in Multicultural Setting 3
BHS205Therapeutic Intervention Models 3
BHS215Group Process 3
BHS260Case Report Writing 1
BHS263Applied Case Report Writing 1
BHS290Child and Family Advocacy 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY240Developmental Psychology (3) OR
PSY266Abnormal Psychology (3) 3

Restricted Electives

Credits: 10
Student must select one of the following three (3) Tracks.
Track 1: Violence and Abuse Prevention Credits:
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
BHS265Violence and Abuse Matters 2
BHS266Violence and Abuse Counseling 3
BHS268Grief and Bereavement Issues 2
Track 2: Grief and Bereavement Recovery Credits:
BHS168Hospice Volunteer Training 2
BHS268Grief and Bereavement Issues 2
BHS269Grief Counseling Techniques 3
BHS281Introduction to Art Therapy 3
Track 3: General Integrated Credits:
Select a total of 10 credits from the following courses:
BHS264Understanding Trauma 3
BHS265Violence and Abuse Matters 2
BHS266Violence and Abuse Counseling 3
BHS267Introduction to Play Therapy 3
BHS268Grief and Bereavement Issues 2
BHS269Grief Counseling Techniques 3
BHS270Introduction to Dance and Movement Therapy 3
BHS272Managing Difficult Children 3
BHS281Introduction to Art Therapy 3
BHS285Facilitating Art Therapy Groups 3
STO289ACUsing Storytelling In Healing Settings 1

General Education Requirements

General Education RequirementCredits: 19-24
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3.0
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM100AAIntroduction to Human Communication Part I (1) AND
COM100ABIntroduction to Human Communication Part II (1) AND
COM100ACIntroduction to Human Communication Part III (1) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3) 3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Design and Fine Arts area.
Met by PSY101, PSY240 or PSY266 in the Required Courses area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.

Program Competencies

  • 1. Apply and analyze basic legal and ethical issues related to advocacy, service delivery, and report writing. (BHS101, BHS105, BHS263, BHS290)

  • 2. Describe, form, develop, and facilitate a group for counseling purposes. (BHS115, BHS215)

  • 3. Describe the counseling process, the stages of progression, and the wrap around principle in counseling services. (BHS105, BHS151, BHS290)

  • 4. Demonstrate necessary skills for establishing and maintaining a helping relationship. (BHS105, BHS151)

  • 5. Identify and facilitate the various stages of the group process, and demonstrate appropriate helping techniques to achieve identified goals. (BHS115, BHS215)

  • 6. Evaluate and respond appropriately to crisis situations and special circumstances. (BHS290)

  • 7. Write and review professional case reports and list the necessary documentation for client files. (BHS260, BHS263, BHS290)

  • 8. Apply principles of case report writing to actual cases from a variety of clinical settings. (BHS263)

  • 9. Describe the family culture, and ethnicity, and the importance of behavioral health, parental rights, family and relevant dynamics for advocacy and the helping process. (BHS204, BHS290)

  • 10. Explain the procedures involved in due process, grievance, and appeals in children-related systems. (BHS290)

  • 11. Demonstrate skills necessary for helping children in a therapeutic setting. (BHS290)

  • 12. Define basic principles, methods, and psychological theories related to emotion, perception, social and abnormal behavior. (PSY101)

  • 13. Compare and contrast physical, cognitive, emotional, and social characteristics of specific subsets of the population. (PSY240, PSY266)

  • 14. Identify various aspects of body chemistry and control mechanisms, chemical abuse and dependency, and treatment programs offered in the community. (BHS/SWU130)

  • 15. Apply communication and paraprofessional counseling skills in behavioral health settings. (BHS156)

  • 16. Identify at least five models of therapeutic intervention used in behavioral health settings. (BHS205)

  • 17. Demonstrate ability to perform basic computer operations and file management. (BPC101AA)

All information published is subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of information presented, but based on the dynamic nature of the curricular process, course and program information is subject to change.

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