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Basic Behavioral Health


Our Basic Behavioral Health program can prepare you for a career as a behavioral health technician, case manager, parent aide, family advocate, respite care worker, or paraprofessional counselor. You’ll obtain the skills necessary to deliver basic behavioral health services.

Behavioral counselors assist others with personal, family, educational, mental health, and career problems. Their duties vary greatly depending on their occupational specialty, which is determined by the setting in which they work and the population they serve.

You can find additional details about SMCC’s Basic Behavioral Health program under the “Degree” tab.

Major Code: 5522
Award: CCL
CIPS Code: 30.1701
Total Credits: 20

Description: The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic Behavioral Health 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 behavioral health services. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences. GC, SM

Program Notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Required Courses

Credits: 20
BHS101Introduction to Ethical Counseling Issues 3
BHS105Introduction to Human Relations 2
BHS151Communication Skills in Counseling I 3
BHS204Counseling in Multicultural Setting 3
BHS205Therapeutic Intervention Models 3
BHS260Case Report Writing 1
BHS290Child and Family Advocacy 3
BPC101AAIntroduction to Computers I 1
CWE198AACareer Work Experience 1

Program Competencies

  • 1. Describe the role, function, and responsibility of a paraprofessional counselor. (BHS105)

  • 2. Examine the impact of the paraprofessional counselor's personal values, beliefs, attitudes, and feelings on the counseling process to a variety of multicultural clients. (BHS105, BHS204)

  • 3. Apply basic legal and ethical principles to the role of the paraprofessional counselor in advocacy, service delivery, and report writing. (BHS105, BHS290, BHS101)

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

  • 5. Demonstrate necessary skills for establishing and maintaining a helping relationship. (BHS151)

  • 6. Identify various counseling settings. (BHS105, BHS151)

  • 7. Select and write appropriate types of reports for various clienteles. (BHS260, BHS290)

  • 8. Describe culture and counseling and basic issues for multicultural clientele. (BHS204)

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

  • 10. Practice behavioral health delivery skills in a human services agency. (CWE198AA)

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

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

Offered through the Basic Behavioral Health program

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 CCL - Basic Behavioral Health can be found HERE

Please refer to the MCCCD CCTA website for official information on all programs.