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The college will be open to serving students online and by phone starting Thursday, March 19, however in-person college services, including on-campus events and activities, will not be available.

All current online classes will continue to be held as scheduled.

In-person and hybrid courses will resume in an online format starting April 6.

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Basic Behavioral Health Sciences

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Basic Behavioral Health Sciences program 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, 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. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences.


Academic Plan Code: 
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Spring
Award notes

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

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
Admission criteria


Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
BHS150Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS155Professional Resiliency and Compassion Fatigue Prevention1
BHS160Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS165Applied Therapeutic Interpersonal Skills in Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS170Case Management and Clinical Documentation3
BHS180Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy3
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Free Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
  • Describe causes, symptoms, and effects of compassion fatigue, burnout, and other work-related stress disorders, and effective methods of self-care for social service professionals. (BHS150, BHS155)
  • Analyze and apply basic legal and ethical issues related to advocacy, service delivery, and clinical documentation. (BHS160, BHS180)
  • Describe documentation required in case reports and clients' records, including appropriate formats. (BHS160, BHS170)
  • Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills important in establishing and maintaining effective helping relationships. (BHS165, BHS180)
  • Describe the role, function and methods of case management and client advocacy in human services. (BHS170, BHS180)
  • Explain the role of advocacy in relation to multiple systems affecting children, families, and adults. (BHS180)

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.