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Behavioral Sciences

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Behavioral 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, comorbid 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 is university-transferable and provides preparation for industry certifications and supervised field experience.

Details

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Field of Interest
Behavioral Science and Human Services
Type
Associate Degree
Behavioral Sciences (DEG)
Total Credits Required
60-66
Effective term
Fall 2021
Notes

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.
Students should select restricted electives in one of the following specializations:
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
  • Distinguish the role, function, and responsibilities of various mental health professions. (ASD110, ASD120, ASD245, BHS150, BHS160, BHS170, BHS175, BHS180, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS215, BHS230, BHS235, BHS262, BHS266, BHS272, BHS275, CFS177, PSY101, PSY241, PSY243, PSY267)
  • Assess the comprehensive bio-psycho-social needs of diverse client populations in behavioral health and social service settings. (ASD145, ASD245, BHS150, BHS165, BHS170, BHS175, BHS180, BHS185, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS230, BHS235, BHS251, BHS262, BHS266, BHS269, BHS271, BHS272, BHS275, CFS177, CFS235, EED210, PSY241, PSY243, PSY266, PSY267, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [SG], [SQ])
  • Practice methods to resolve current symptoms and prevent future effects of burnout, traumatic stress, and compassion fatigue. (ASD120, BHS155, BHS160, BHS165, BHS175, BHS190, BHS230, BHS235, BHS255, BHS271, CPD180, [HU])
  • Manage and prevent crisis/trauma situations while engaging in appropriate self care to promote professional resilience and personal safety. (AJS225, ASD120, ASD245, BHS155, BHS160, BHS165, BHS175, BHS185, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS215, BHS230, BHS235, BHS251, BHS255, BHS266, CPD180, PSY241)
  • Manage individual cases as part of a multidisciplinary team, in a fashion that best serves the patient and simultaneously protects the practitioner. (ASD110, ASD120, ASD245, BHS155, BHS160, BHS165, BHS170, BHS175, BHS180, BHS185, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS251, BHS255, BHS272, BHS275, CPD180, EED210, PSY241, PSY267, (COM))
  • Develop, implement, and document treatment plans in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team. (ASD120, ASD245, BHS160, BHS170, BHS180, BHS185, BHS205, BHS210, BHS275, BHS266, BHS269, BHS271, BHS272, CFS177, CFS235, PSY241, [FYC], [MA], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Evaluate and practice evidence-based behavioral health interventions using assessment and outcome measures. (AJS101, ASD110, ASD120, ASD145, ASD245, BHS150, BHS160, BHS165, BHS170, BHS175, BHS180, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS215, BHS230, BHS235, BHS262, BHS266, BHS269, BHS271, BHS272, BHS275, CFS177, CFS235, EED210, PSY241, PSY243, PSY266, PSY267, [FYC], [MA], (CRE), [HU], [SG], [SQ])
  • Demonstrate ethical interpersonal and communication skills important in establishing and maintaining relationships. (ASD120, ASD245, BHS150, BHS155, BHS160, BHS165, BHS170, BHS175, BHS180, BHS185, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS215, BHS230, BHS235, BHS255, BHS262, BHS266, BHS269, BHS271, BHS272, BHS275, CFS177, CPD180, EED210, PSY101, PSY241, [FYC], (COM), (CRE), [HU])
  • Assist clients with substance use and co-occurring disorders in their recovery. (AJS101, AJS200, AJS225, ASD110, ASD120, ASD145, ASD245, BHS150, BHS160, BHS165, BHS175, BHS205, BHS210, BHS215, BHS262, PSY241, PSY266, PSY267)
  • Apply the principles of trauma-informed care with diverse client populations. (AJS225, ASD120, ASD245, BHS150, BHS155, BHS160, BHS175, BHS180, BHS185, BHS190, BHS205, BHS210, BHS215, BHS230, BHS235, BHS251, BHS255, BHS262, BHS266, BHS272, BHS275, CPD180, PSY241)
Career Opportunities
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:32
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
 
BHS175Introduction to Trauma-Informed Care and Trauma-Focused Caregiving3
BHS185Cultural Competence in Behavioral Health3
BHS190Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services1
BHS205Therapeutic Models and Interventions in Individual Therapy3
BHS210Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention3
BHS215Therapeutic Models and Intervention in Group Therapy3
Course Sequence by Term
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:6
Students must choose six (6) credits from one of the following specializations:
 
Specialization 1: Trauma and Crisis Stabilization
BHS230Crisis and Trauma Stabilization3
BHS235Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery3
 
Specialization 2: Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
BHS275Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health (3) OR
CFS177Parent-Child Interaction (3)3
 
BHS272Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Interventions3
CFS235Developing Child: Theory into Practice, Prenatal to Age Eight3
EED210Creative and Cognitive Play3
(If EED210 is selected, CFS235 will need to be selected unless another requisite option has been met)
 
Specialization 3: Addiction and Substance Use Disorders
ASD110Pharmacology of Substances of Abuse and Dependency3
 
ASD245Co-Occurring Disorders (2) AND
ASD120Professional Ethics in Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (1) OR
ASD145AIDS and Addiction (1)3
 
BHS251Harm Reduction in Addiction, Substance Use, and Social Services3
 
Specialization 4: Developmental Disabilities
BHS271Developmental Disabilities Assistance Training3
PSY241Understanding and Changing Behavior3
PSY243The Psychology of Developmental Disabilities3
 
Specialization 5: Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
PSY267Introduction to Forensic Psychology3
 
AJS101Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) OR
AJS200Current Issues In Criminal Justice (3) OR
AJS225Criminology (3)3
 
Specialization 6: Mental Health
BHS230Crisis and Trauma Stabilization (3) OR
BHS235Emergency Mental Health Crisis Response and Recovery (3)3
 
BHS251Harm Reduction in Addiction, Substance Use, and Social Services3
BHS255Health and Wellness Coaching in Professional Resiliency3
BHS262Behavioral Health Service Techniques for the Elderly3
BHS266Violence and Abuse Services3
BHS269Grief Support Techniques3
BHS271Developmental Disabilities Assistance Training3
BHS272Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Interventions3
BHS275Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health3
CPD180Human Resilience: Cognitive, Emotional, and Behavioral Applications3
PSY266Abnormal Psychology3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-28
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-18
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3) OR
ENG111Technical and Professional Writing (3)6
 
ENG102or ENG108 recommended for students considering pursuing a bachelor's degree at an Arizona university.
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM225Public Speaking (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-6
MAT112Mathematical Concepts and Applications (3) OR
Satisfactory completion of a higher level mathematics course.3-6
 
MAT142College Mathematics (3) or MAT151 College Algebra/Functions (4) recommended for those planning to transfer.
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area3
HCR210Clinical Health Care Ethics (3) recommended.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area4
Recommended:
PSY275Biopsychology (suggested) (4) OR
BIO156Introductory Biology for Allied Health (4) OR
BIO160Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology (4) OR
FON241Principles of Human Nutrition (3) AND
FON241LLPrinciples of Human Nutrition Laboratory (1)4

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