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Recovery Support

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Recovery Support program prepares 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, specialized, and comprehensive behavioral health services. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences.


Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
Effective term: 
2019 Spring
Academic Plan Code: 
Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Students must earn a grade of C or better in each course in the Required Course area.
BHS160Ethical, Legal and Professional Issues in Behavioral Health and Social Service3
BHS105Introduction to Human Relations2
BHS215Therapeutic Group Interventions3
BHS210Addictions, Substance Use Disorders, and Relapse Prevention3
BHS165Applied Therapeutic Interpersonal Skills in Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS152Communication Skills in Counseling II3
BHS190Professional Portfolio: Supervised Practice in Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS178Peer Training for Behavioral Health Paraprofessionals (3) OR
BHS278Recovery Coaching (3)3
BHS185Cultural and Social Diversity in Behavioral Health and Social Services3
BHS205Therapeutic Models and Interventions3
BHS216Group Process3
BHS260Case Report Writing1
BHS263Applied Case Report Writing1
BHS180Child, Family, and Adult Advocacy3
CPD102ADGrowth and Transformation Strategies2
PSY101Introduction to Psychology3
PSY240Developmental Psychology3
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 22-27
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
COM100Introduction to Human Communication (3) OR
COM100AAIntroduction to Human Communication Part I (1) AND
COM100ABIntroduction to Human Communication Part II (1) AND
COM100ACIntroduction to Human Communication Part III (1) OR
COM110Interpersonal Communication (3) OR
COM230Small Group Communication (3)3
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR Equivalent as indicated by assessment3
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course in the Mathematics area.
General Education DistributionCredits: 10
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Humanities, Arts and Design area.
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course in the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course in the Natural Sciences area.
  • Apply and analyze basic legal and ethical issues related to advocacy, service delivery, and report writing. (BHS105, BHS160, BHS180, BHS263)
  • Describe, form, develop, and facilitate a group for counseling purposes. (BHS215, BHS216)
  • Describe the counseling process, the stages of progression, and the wrap around principle in counseling. (BHS105, BHS152, BHS165, BHS180)
  • Demonstrate necessary skills for establishing and maintaining a helping relationship. (BHS105, BHS165)
  • Identify and facilitate the various stages of the group process, and demonstrate appropriate helping techniques to achieve identified goals. (BHS215, BHS216)
  • Evaluate and respond appropriately to crisis situations and special circumstances. (BHS180)
  • Write and review professional case reports and list the necessary documentation for client files. (BHS180, BHS260, BHS263)
  • Apply principles of case report writing to actual cases from a variety of clinical settings. (BHS263)
  • Describe the family culture, and ethnicity, and the importance of behavioral health, parental rights, family and relevant dynamics for advocacy and the helping process. (BHS180, BHS185)
  • Explain the procedures involved in due process, grievance, and appeals in children-related systems. (BHS180)
  • Demonstrate skills necessary for helping children in a therapeutic setting. (BHS180)
  • Describe physical, cognitive, emotional, and social capacities in human growth and development. (PSY240)
  • Define basic principles, methods, and psychological theories related to emotion, perception, social and abnormal behavior. (PSY101)
  • Identify various aspects of body chemistry and control mechanisms, chemical abuse and dependency, and treatment programs offered in the community. (BHS210)
  • Apply communication and paraprofessional counseling skills in behavioral health settings. (BHS190)
  • Identify at least five models of therapeutic intervention used in behavioral health settings. (BHS205)
  • Demonstrate effective communication, planning, and intervention skills for initial, middle, and termination phases of the counseling process. (BHS152, BHS165, BHS178)
  • Describe workplace responsibilities, ethics, boundaries, intervention, rehabilitation, and coordination of care for clients with psychiatric disorders. (BHS178)
  • Describe the recovery processes, treatment planning, and behavior management training for clients preparing to re-enter the workplace. (BHS278)
  • Identify issues, thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that negatively affect quality of life, and discuss skills and strategies necessary for changing self-defeatism. (CPD102AD)

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