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Major Code: 3032
Award: AAS
CIPS Code: 30.1701
Total Credits: 70-72

Description: The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Recovery Support program prepares 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.

Required Courses

Credits: 45
Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in each course in the Required Course area.
BHS101Introduction to Ethical Counseling Issues 3
BHS105Introduction to Human Relations 2
BHS115Group Dynamics 3
BHS/SWU130Addictions and Substance Use Disorders 3
BHS151Communications Skills in Counseling I 3
BHS152Communication Skills in Counseling II 3
BHS156Supervised Practice I 3
BHS178Peer Training for Behavioral Health Paraprofessionals (3) OR
BHS278Recovery Coaching (3) 3
BHS204Counseling in Multicultural Setting 3
BHS205Therapeutic Intervention Models 3
BHS215Group Process 3
BHS260Case Report Writing 1
BHS263Applied Case Report Writing 1
BHS290Child & Family Advocacy 3
CPD102ADEliminating Self-Defeating Behavior 2
PSY101Introduction to Psychology 3
PSY240Developmental Psychology 3

General Education Requirements

General Education RequirementCredits: 25-27
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
General Education CoreCredits: 15-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) 6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM100AAIntro to Human Communication Part I (1) AND
COM100ABIntro to Human Communication Part II (1) AND
COM100ACIntro to Human Communication Part III (1) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3) 3
Critical ReadingCredits: 3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent by assessment 3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities and Fine Arts area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Social and Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in 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. (BHS105, BHS151, BHS,152, 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. Describe physical, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities in human growth and development. (PSY240)

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

  • 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 effective communication, planning, and intervention skills for initial, middle, and termination phases of the counseling process. (BHS151, BHS152, BHS178)

  • 18. Describe workplace responsibilities, ethics, boundaries, intervention, rehabilitation, and coordination of care for clients with psychiatric disorders. (BHS178)

  • 19. Describe the recovery processes, treatment planning, and behavior management training for clients preparing to re-enter the workplace. (BHS278)

  • 20. Identify issues, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that negatively affect quality of life, and discuss skills and strategies necessary for changing self-defeatism. (CPD102AD)

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.

Complete information for AAS - Recovery Support can be found HERE

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