Behavioral & Addictions Couns

Courses

BACS 100 Life Span Human Development 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the physical, cognitive and psychological aspects of human development from birth through advanced old age. Topics include: environmental influences, perception, gender roles and sexuality, spirituality, motivation, life styles, and psychiatric disorders.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 200 Foundation of Behavioral Health Care 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the students to the historical and current contexts of program components that comprise community-based behavioral health systems. Topics include: work-force roles; regulatory policies and program practices; federal, state, and county program organizations; advocacy issues; and managed care systems issues.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 205 Strategies for Academic Success 1.0 Credit

This course helps students to explore the learning process, to gain essential skills needed to achieve academic success and to develop the ability to make effective use of university resources. Discussion, personal reflection, and relevant electronic resources are used to foster students’ development as self-directed learners. Specific attention will be given to the following topics: study skills, learning strategies, time management, academic planning, test-taking techniques, and goal-setting. The goal of this course is to help improve students’ efficacy in the areas of academic self-management, self-direction, and resource utilization.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 210 Behavioral Disorders 3.0 Credits

Clinical characteristics and diagnostic features of major psychiatric disorders are reviewed within the contexts of community-based treatment approaches. Topics include: etiological models, differential symptoms, diagnostic/functional assessment and treatment interventions.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 220 Counseling Theory and Practice 3.0 Credits

Surveys major counseling theories with emphasis upon study and practice of basic counseling competencies. Topics include: relationship building, effective communication and helping skills, common stages in counseling process, and helping skills with special populations.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 230 Genetics and Mental Health 3.0 Credits

This course explores genetic concepts and principles as they pertain to human variation in behavioral and general health disorders. Students obtain a firm grounding in the basic science and the tools used by researchers to explore the contribution of the genes (and their essential counterpart, the environment) to behavior.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 232 Ethics and Professional Responsibility 3.0 Credits

This course discusses the philosophical, legal and moral responsibilities of professionals in behavioral health and human services setting with a strong emphasis on counseling relationships. A wide array of ethical issues are presented and discussed. Moral dilemmas comprised of competing moral obligations are examined.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 234 Introduction to Addictive Disorders 3.0 Credits

This course introduces the nature of addictions and the impairment in individuals who suffer from addictions. It includes a review of theories on substance disorders and approaches to identification, prevention and treatment. Topics include: historical perspectives, diagnosis, types of addictive behaviors, treatment, and current research.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 236 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices 3.0 Credits

This is an introductory survey courses which acquaints the student with the principles and practices of Psychiatric (or Psychosocial) Rehabilitation. It provides the student with an understanding of the manner in which Psychiatric Rehabilitation approaches, understands and assists the person with serious and persistent mental illness.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 250 Behavioral Health Informatics 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to the uses and importance of computer technologies in transforming behavioral health care practice. Course sections cover both the science and practice applications of emerging technologies from psychotherapies, to medication management, and to quality care management.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 255 Multicultural Counseling 3.0 Credits

This course provides didactic information for use in the development of awareness and skills necessary for effective therapeutic relationships with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 301 Group Counseling I 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to the theoretical base and skills used in conducting group counseling. Included are theories of group work, facilitation techniques, types and styles of groups and models of group functioning. Students participate in a group as a group member and to act as a group co-leader in order to practice leadership skills.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 304 Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I 3.0 Credits

This course familiarizes the student with key cognitive-behavioral models used in therapy today. Differences and similarities are explored. Students are exposed to the philosophical models and the related techniques stemming from these models. Skills on how to conceptualize and work with a client are taught.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 310 Recovery and Relapse Prevention 3.0 Credits

The goal of recovery and relapse preventions is the development personal strategies that will help the person restructure their life in a way that will prevent a return to active addiction. This course helps define the role of professional counselor in understanding the dynamic of recovery from a clinical perspective.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 312 Case Management Methods 3.0 Credits

This course is an in-depth explorations of the definitions and methodologies of case management services. The course is designed to provide students with the most up to date research and clinical applications of services management in the practice of addictions counseling.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 320 Crisis and Brief Intervention 3.0 Credits

This course introduces student to the fundamental concepts, theories, strategies, and skills needed to understand and conduct effective crisis and brief intervention counseling. Particular attention is given to several types of crises commonly encountered in working within settings serving people who have long-term disabling psychiatric disorders.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 325 Psychopharmacology for Counselors 3.0 Credits

This course focuses on the mechanisms of action of psychiatric medications, and uses and limitations of psychopharmacology in the overall management of serious mental illness. The student will learn to work collaboratively with the consumer, and others, and the importance of integrating the use of medications with psychiatric rehabilitation approaches.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 345 Careers in Behavioral Health 3.0 Credits

There are numerous career choices available within the field of Behavioral Health. In order to help you prepare for the future, this course explores the roles, responsibilities, and healthcare settings associated with careers such as counselor, psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner, social worker, therapist, psychologist, psychiatrist, advocate, and others. We explore opportunities to work with children, adults, and seniors in hospital and community treatments settings as well as in schools and in the community at large. We also examine the educational requirements of different fields of professional practice and review graduate schools options. Students explore their strengths and preferences related to future employment and begin to formulate personal plans for academic and professional success.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 350 Child Psychopathology 3.0 Credits

This course provides an understanding of childhood-onset behavioral, emotional, developmental, and learning disorders. Review of theories on the development of child psychopathology and approaches to identification, prevention and treatment of disorders. Students learn about assessment and ethical treatment of children.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 360 Preventing Substance Abuse 3.0 Credits

This course provides a comprehensive overview of prevention theories and prevention programming applications as regards substance use disorders. Course topics include: theories and models basic to prevention, science-based prevention strategies and model programs, strategic planning and outcome evaluation.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 367 Advanced Counseling Intervention 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to current best practices when counseling clients with behavioral health disorders. Students are provided with training in the advanced counseling skills of Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy as well as introduced to experimental approaches to counseling this population.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BACS 220 [Min Grade: C]

BACS 368 Addictions Counseling with Special Populations 3.0 Credits

This course involves the student in examinations of challenges for addictions counselors in working with frequently underserved populations represented by adolescents and elderly persons. Effective approaches to assessing and treating both youthful and older adult individuals with addiction disorders are explored and defined.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 370 Problem Gambling Interventions 3.0 Credits

This course covers basic areas of treatment knowledge and counseling skills necessary to effectively diagnose and assess the pathological gambler and define the necessary components for effective counseling interventions with problem gamblers.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 380 Trauma-Informed Care 3.0 Credits

This is an introduction to the psychophysiology of complex trauma in children and adolescents, and an overview of assessment and treatment modalities in both youth and adults. The course focuses on neurobiology and how trauma impairs brain development and the life domains of children, adolescents, and adults. It also covers various issues of assessment, diagnosis, and treatment. The stages of stabilization, reprocessing and reintegration, and the multiple models helpers utilize when working with survivors of trauma are explored. Course work will culminate with students reviewing and presenting case studies of assessment and treatment interventions for children and adolescents experiencing traumatic effects.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 390 Special Topics in Mental Health 3.0 Credits

This course covers topics of particular interest to students in health sciences. In different terms, a variety of topics will be presented to the students. May be repeated twice for credit.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits

BACS 401 Assessment and Treatment Planning 3.0 Credits

The focus of this course is learning the systematic, multi-disciplinary approach for gathering, interpreting, applying and recording data regarding clients in addictions and other behavioral health treatment settings. The most current screening, assessment, treatment planning and documentation approaches are covered.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 404 Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II 3.0 Credits

This course extends BACS 304 by deepening the exploration of cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and methods. More emphasis and developing skills in conceptualization and treatment. Some focus on how clients can manage anger better and how therapists can take care of themselves appropriately.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Prerequisites: BACS 304 [Min Grade: C]

BACS 405 Family-Focused Interventions 3.0 Credits

This course gives students the knowledge, skills and attitudes to: identify and overcome the barriers that prevent family members from being full partners in the mental health treatment of their family member; define family from a culturally competent perspective; and provide mental health intervention in full partnership with families.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 410 Child and Adolescent Support 3.0 Credits

This course is based on the principles of Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP). The course gives students the knowledge, skills important to implementing a comprehensive care system for families and their children endorsed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 411 Forensic Behavior Health Service 3.0 Credits

The intersection between law and behavioral health services in the focus of this course. Topics include: the criminal justice system, criminal thinking, community and ethical barriers, biopsychosocial models that are specific to the forensic client and the growing base of knowledge about community corrections.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 412 Group Counseling II 3.0 Credits

This is an advanced course in the facilitation of group processes, with an emphasis on group counseling. The course provide skills in group facilitation including application of theory, tracking process and initiating interventions, working with special populations, incident management, treatment planning processes, and recording progress.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 414 Co-Occurring Disorders 3.0 Credits

This course introduces an integrated treatment approach for working with individuals who have both mental illness and substance use disorders. Topics include: assessment and treatment planning, strategies for coordinating dual interventions.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 420 Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies 3.0 Credits

The purpose of this advanced course is to help students develop the competencies necessary to implement the principles and practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This is accomplished by engaging the student in an in-depth analysis of the tools and processes used to bring about outcomes related to community integration and the life quality.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 430 Behavioral Health and Aging 3.0 Credits

Students will explore concepts, issues, and research pertaining to the psycho-social and behavioral health aspects of working with older adults. Students will learn about and practice interventions, competencies, and strategies designed to improve the quality of life of older adults.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

BACS 490 Senior Research Project 3.0 Credits

The students, with faculty supervision, plan and execute a term project that will integrate the academic and practical knowledge the students have acquired in their curriculum. The students develop objectives relevant to the project, critique the literature, present a plan for implementation, and complete the term project. May be repeated twice for credit.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 2 times for 6 credits

BACS 499 Readings in Behavioral Health 1.0-6.0 Credit

This course is designed to allow upper-class students to pursue specialized interest in specific topics in behavioral health science. May be repeated three times for credit.

College/Department: College of Nursing & Health Professions
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 9 credits

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