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Behavioral Health Support

Course Descriptions

BHS 100 Introduction to Behavioral Health Support 3-0-3
This course introduces the student to the behavioral health care profession. An overview of the programs and services offered by Community Behavioral Health Centers are presented. The skills and ethically considerations needed to work with various clients are discussed. Students are oriented to the most prevalent diagnosis, introduced to the recovery/resiliency model, family systems, population management, and additional philosophies within the community support. The course identifies the population being served as well as the personal and profession requirements in order to be successful working in the field. Introduction to the serious mental illness, SUD, confidentiality, HIPAA, personal/professional boundaries, abuse laws, client rights, guardianship, custody, conservatorship, and involuntary detention are presented.

BHS 210 Legal and Ethical Issues 3-0-3
This course examines the legal and ethical issues related to services for clients served by behavioral health centers. Topics include guardianship, custody and conservatorship, client rights, fraud and abuse, detention and other legal and court issues. Ethical standards, professional and personal boundaries are discussed.

BHS 220 Systems of Care 3-0-3
This course provides a holistic approach to care. Approaches that promote active participation by the client in decision making and self-advocacy are examined. Techniques to motivate clients toward personal responsibility for resiliency and recovery are introduced along with the development of wellness plans and support networks.

BHS 230 Substance Use Disorders 3-0-3
This course is designed to provide a study of chemical use and dependency, including the cycle of addiction and recovery. Comprehensive substance use treatment and rehabilitation models in a variety of settings will be examined.

BHS 240 Client Interactions 3-0-3
This course introduces the techniques for assuring consistency, accountability and effectiveness for intake operations. Topics include the concept of intake, the purpose and types of assessment tools utilized for determining risk and treatment needs. Skills will be developed in conducting interviews, establishing client rapport, eliciting client information, and utilization of proper clinical tools for documentation within a treatment plan.

BHS 245 Field Practicum 3-0-3
This course is a field placement designed to provide a student with 192 hours of observation and practical experience in a behavioral health community center or similar service agency or provider.

BHS 250 Chronic Health Care Issues 3-0-3
This course presents the pathophysiology and treatment of chronic diseases including diabetes, hypertension, COPD, and various other common disease. Unique patient groups in relation to specific disability, disease, and/or restrictive issues are identified as well as typical medication and treatment protocols.

BHS 260 Family and Youth Issues 3-0-3
This course will examine family dynamics and problem patterns within the family unit. Family and youth interventions and problem prevention will be addressed. The community support role in family intervention is explored.

BHS 270 Client Interaction II 3-0-3
This course examines techniques of working with others for collaboration, conflict resolution, crisis intervention and de-escalation. Listening and responding skills will be practiced along with developing skills to manage the dynamic differences presented by the clients and the communities served. Challenging client issues will be presented and resolutions examined.

BHS 280 Evidence Based Treatments 3-0-3
This course introduces the student to the behavioral health care profession. An overview of the programs and services offered by Community Behavioral Health Centers are presented. The skills and ethically considerations needed to work with various clients are discussed. Students are oriented to the most prevalent diagnosis, introduced to the recovery/resiliency model, family systems, population management, and additional philosophies within the community support. The course identifies the population being served as well as the personal and profession requirements in order to be successful working in the field. Introduction to the serious mental illness, SUD, confidentiality, HIPAA, personal/professional boundaries, abuse laws, client rights, guardianship, custody, conservatorship, and involuntary detention are presented.

BHS 285 Field Practicum II 0-3-3
This course provides students with 192 hours of practical experience in a Behavioral Health Center. Students will participate in intake assessment and treatment planning and learn how to conduct functional behavioral interventions and make informed decisions when working with clients having behavioral health issues.