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Basic Behavioral Health Sciences

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic Behavioral Health Sciences is designed to provide students with a foundational 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, comorbid medical conditions, and challenging behaviors. The program includes courses designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver essential behavioral health and social services. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences.


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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Academic Plan
Basic Behavioral Health Sciences (CER)
Total Credits Required
Effective term
Fall 2020

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

What You'll Learn
  • Distinguish the role, function, and responsibilities, of various mental health professions. (BHS150, BHS160, BHS170, BHS180)
  • Assess the comprehensive bio-psycho-social needs of diverse client populations in behavioral health and social service settings. (BHS150, BHS165, BHS170, BHS180)
  • Practice methods to resolve current symptoms and prevent future effects of burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue. (BHS155, BHS160, BHS165)
  • Manage individual cases, as part of a multidisciplinary team, in a fashion that best serves the patient and simultaneously protects the practitioner. (BHS155, BHS160, BHS165, BHS170, BHS180)
  • Develop, implement, and document treatment plans in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. (BHS160, BHS170, BHS180)
  • Evaluate and practice evidence-based behavioral health interventions using assessment and outcome measures. (BHS150, BHS160, BHS165, BHS170, BHS180)
  • Demonstrate ethical interpersonal and communication skills important in establishing and maintaining relationships. (BHS150, BHS155, BHS160, BHS165, BHS170, BHS180)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BHS150Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS155Professional Resiliency and Well-Being1
BHS160Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service3
BHS165Applied Therapeutic Communication Skills3
BHS170Case Management and Clinical Documentation3
BHS180Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits

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.