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Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences is designed to provide students with a comprehensive study of human behavior and prepare them to assist, as part of a clinical team, in the care of individuals and families dealing with mental illness, addictions and substance use, trauma, developmental disabilities, co-morbid medical conditions, and challenging behaviors. The program includes courses designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver specialized and comprehensive behavioral health and social services. This program also provides university transfer options in addition to preparation for industry certifications and supervised field experience.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Certificate
Academic Plan
Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences (CER)
Academic Plan Code
5521
Total Credits Required
38-41
Catalog Year
2021-2022
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Students should select courses in one of the following areas of emphasis:
Trauma and Crisis Stabilization
Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
Developmental Disabilities
Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Mental Health

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Distinguish the role, function, and responsibilities of various mental health professions.
  2. Assess the comprehensive bio-psycho-social needs of diverse client populations in behavioral health and social service settings.
  3. Practice methods to resolve current symptoms and prevent future effects of burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue.
  4. Manage and prevent crisis/trauma situations while engaging in appropriate self care to promote professional resilience and personal safety.
  5. Manage individual cases as part of a multidisciplinary team, in a fashion that best serves the patient and simultaneously protects the practitioner.
  6. Develop, implement, and document treatment plans in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team.
  7. Evaluate and practice evidence-based behavioral health interventions using assessment and outcome measures.
  8. Demonstrate ethical interpersonal and communication skills important in establishing and maintaining relationships.
  9. Assist clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders in their recovery.
  10. Apply the principles of trauma-informed care with diverse client populations.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Community and Social Service Specialists, All Other

$39,280

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers

$37,660

Social Scientists and Related Workers, All Other

$85,600

Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors

$43,110

There are additional career opportunities associated with this certificate that do not have occupational data available for Arizona at this time. These occupations are listed below:
  • Psychiatric Aides
* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2019.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS150 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
BHS155 Professional Resiliency and Well-Being 1
BHS160 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service 3
BHS165 Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills 3
BHS170 Case Management and Clinical Documentation 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Students choosing Developmental Disabilities, Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, or Mental Health may also need to complete PSY101 as it is a requisite to courses in these emphases.
PSY101 can be counted towards General Education requirement in most Associate degrees
SB 0–3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS175 Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Focused Caregiving 3
BHS180 Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy 3
BHS185 Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health C 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 1
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
BHS210 Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention 3
BHS215 Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS150 Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services Critical course Gateway course H, SB 3
BHS160 Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service 3
BHS165 Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS155 Professional Resiliency and Well-Being 1
BHS170 Case Management and Clinical Documentation 3
BHS175 Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Focused Caregiving 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS180 Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy 3
BHS185 Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health C 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology Students choosing Developmental Disabilities, Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, or Mental Health may also need to complete PSY101 as it is a requisite to courses in these emphases.
PSY101 can be counted towards General Education requirement in most Associate degrees
SB 0–3
BHS205 Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy 3
RE Restricted Elective 3

Term 5

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 5
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
BHS190 Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services 1
BHS210 Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention 3
BHS215 Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy 3

Restricted Electives

Student must choose six credits from one of the following areas of emphasis:

Emphasis in Trauma and Crisis Stabilization
BHS230 Crisis and Trauma Stabilization 3
BHS235 Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery 3

Emphasis in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
BHS275 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (3) OR
CFS177 Parent-Child Interaction (3) 3

BHS272 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Interventions 3
CFS235 Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight 3
+ EED210 Creative and Cognitive Play 3
(If EED210 is selected, CFS235 will need to be selected (unless another requisite option has been met.)

Emphasis in Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
ASD110 Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency 3

ASD245 Co-Occurring Disorders (2) AND
ASD120 Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (1) OR
ASD145 AIDS and Addiction (1) 3

BHS251 Harm Reduction in Addiction, Substance Use, and Social Services 3

Emphasis in Developmental Disabilities
BHS271 Developmental Disabilities Assistance Training 3
+ PSY241 Understanding and Changing Behavior 3
+ PSY243 The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities 3

Emphasis in Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
+ PSY267 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3

AJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) OR
AJS200 Current Issues In Criminal Justice (3) OR
AJS225 Criminology (3) 3

Emphasis in Mental Health
BHS230 Crisis and Trauma Stabilization (3) OR
BHS235 Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery (3) 3

BHS251 Harm Reduction in Addiction, Substance Use, and Social Services 3
BHS255 Health and Wellness Coaching in Professional Resiliency 3
BHS262 Behavioral Health Service Techniques for the Elderly 3
BHS266 Violence and Abuse Services 3
BHS269 Grief Support Techniques 3
BHS271 Developmental Disabilities Assistance Training 3
BHS272 Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Interventions 3
BHS275 Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health 3
CPD180 Human Resilience: Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Applications 3
+ PSY266 Abnormal Psychology 3

Course Area Key

Gateway Course = Generally the first major-specific course in a pathway.

Critical Course = A course that is highly predictive of future success in a pathway.

Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of C or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s curriculum website for the Certificate of Completion in Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences (https://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=160219).


At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

Other Versions

The pathway map presented above is for the current catalog year and is the intended pathway map for new students. Other versions of this pathway map from different catalog years are available below:

Catalog YearEffective Dates
2020-20215/26/2020 – 5/24/2021