Behavioral Health Counseling

Bachelor of Science Degree: 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Behavioral Health Counseling program focuses on developing competencies needed to engage in clinical services and support for people experiencing mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Students create a plan of study and select courses based on their career interests. Our students go on to work in areas such as psychiatric rehabilitation, prevention and treatment of substance use disorders, child and adolescent services, and forensic behavioral health.

During the freshman and sophomore years, students develop a foundation for clinical practice by studying humanities, social sciences, writing, biological sciences, math and research methods. Behavioral Health Counseling (BHC) courses build on this foundation by demonstrating that biological, psychological, and social perspectives are needed to deliver today's evidence-based practices and to develop the next generation of innovative interventions. BHC courses offer a comprehensive selection of essential subjects and advanced practice electives that focus on establishing therapeutic relationships with people from diverse backgrounds and needs.

The major also offers a co-op experience in a clinical setting that greatly enhances the student’s preparation for employment after graduation and for graduate study in professional counseling, social work, or psychology. For students interested in certification as addictions counselors, all program courses are accredited by the Pennsylvania Certification Board. Students may also pursue certification in psychiatric rehabilitation.

For additional information about this major, visit the Behavioral Health Counseling Department on the College of Nursing and Health Profession's site.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience2.0
Computing Requirement
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
Life Science
BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
or BIO 107 Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 107Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts3.0
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives *39.0
Free Electives51.0
Required Behavioral Health Counseling Courses
BACS 100Life Span Human Development3.0
BACS 200Foundation of Behavioral Health Care3.0
BACS 220Counseling Theory and Practice3.0
BACS 230Genetics and Mental Health3.0
BACS 232Ethics and Professional Responsibility3.0
BACS 234Introduction to Addictive Disorders3.0
BACS 236Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices3.0
BACS 255Multicultural Counseling3.0
BACS 301Group Counseling I3.0
BACS 304Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I3.0
BACS 310Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 312Case Management Methods3.0
BACS 320Crisis and Brief Intervention3.0
BACS 325Psychopharmacology for Counselors3.0
BACS 401Assessment and Treatment Planning3.0
BACS 405Family-Focused Interventions3.0
BACS 490Senior Research Project3.0
BACS 499Readings in Behavioral Health1.0
Advanced Program Electives
Select from the following: **18.0
Behavioral Health Informatics
Child Psychopathology
Preventing Substance Abuse
Advanced Counseling Intervention
Addictions Counseling with Special Populations
Problem Gambling Interventions
Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II
Child and Adolescent Support
Forensic Behavior Health Service
Group Counseling II
Co-Occurring Disorders
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies
Total Credits180.0

*

Students enrolled in the Saturday Scholars program have slightly different general elective requirements. Saturday Scholar students must have 33.0 credits of Social Science and Humanities electives (11-13 courses) and 39.0 credits of free electives (12-18 courses). Often these courses are transfer credits. Saturday Scholars do not take UNIV 101. The Saturday Scholars curriculum still requires 180.0 credits to graduate. See the plan of study for more details.

**

Students select a minimum of 18.0 credits, and up to 33.0 credits of advanced program electives (as needed).



Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.


 Sample Plans of Study  

BS Behavioral Health Counseling: 4-Year Co-op Option

(View below for a sample plan for the 4-Year Non-Co-op Option, and for sample plans for both the Saturday Scholars - Fall and Winter Cohort Options.)

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
MATH 107Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Three (3) Humanities/Social Science electives 9.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Two (2) Humanities/Social Science electives 6.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
BACS 200Foundation of Behavioral Health Care3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
Two (2) Humanities/Social Science electives 6.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
BACS 100Life Span Human Development3.0
BACS 220Counseling Theory and Practice3.0
BACS 236Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices3.0
BIO 100
or 107
Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
BACS 230Genetics and Mental Health3.0
BACS 232Ethics and Professional Responsibility3.0
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
BACS 234Introduction to Addictive Disorders3.0
BACS 255Multicultural Counseling3.0
BACS 325Psychopharmacology for Counselors3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free electives 12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
BACS 301Group Counseling I3.0
BACS 304Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
BACS 310Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
BACS 320Crisis and Brief Intervention3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
BACS 405Family-Focused Interventions3.0
BACS 490Senior Research Project3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
BACS 312Case Management Methods3.0
BACS 401Assessment and Treatment Planning3.0
BACS 499Readings in Behavioral Health1.0
BACS Advanced Program electives6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

 

BS Behavioral Health Counseling: 4-Year Non-Co-op Option

Term 1Credits
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
MATH 107Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts3.0
Three (3) Humanities/Social Science electives 9.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 2
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Two (2) Humanities/Social Science electives 6.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 3
BACS 200Foundation of Behavioral Health Care3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
Two (2) Humanities/Social Science electives 6.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 4
BACS 100Life Span Human Development3.0
BACS 220Counseling Theory and Practice3.0
BACS 236Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices3.0
BIO 101
or 107
Applied Biological Diversity, Ecology & Evolution
Cells, Genetics & Physiology
3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 5
BACS 230Genetics and Mental Health3.0
BACS 232Ethics and Professional Responsibility3.0
CS 161Introduction to Computing3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 6
BACS 234Introduction to Addictive Disorders3.0
BACS 255Multicultural Counseling3.0
BACS 325Psychopharmacology for Counselors3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
BACS 301Group Counseling I3.0
BACS 304Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Free elective 3.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 8
BACS 310Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free electives 6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
Humanities/Social Science elective 3.0
Free electives12.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 10
BACS 320Crisis and Brief Intervention3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Free electives 9.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 11
BACS 405Family-Focused Interventions3.0
BACS 490Senior Research Project3.0
BACS Advanced Program elective3.0
Free electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 12
BACS 312Case Management Methods3.0
BACS 401Assessment and Treatment Planning3.0
BACS 499Readings in Behavioral Health1.0
BACS Advanced Program electives 6.0
 Term Credits13.0
Total Credit: 180.0

BS Behavioral Health Counseling: Saturday Scholars - Fall Cohort Option

First Year
Term 1Credits
Fall 
Term A
 
BACS 100Life Span Human Development3.0
BACS 200Foundation of Behavioral Health Care3.0
Term B
 
BACS 210Behavioral Disorders3.0
BACS 220Counseling Theory and Practice3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 2
Winter 
Term A
 
BACS 234Introduction to Addictive Disorders3.0
BACS 255Multicultural Counseling3.0
Term B
 
BACS 232Ethics and Professional Responsibility3.0
BACS 325Psychopharmacology for Counselors3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 3
Spring 
Term A
 
BACS 236Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices3.0
BACS 350Child Psychopathology3.0
Term B
 
BACS 405Family-Focused Interventions3.0
BACS 420Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 4
Summer 
Term A
 
BACS 301Group Counseling I3.0
BACS 410Child and Adolescent Support3.0
Term B
 
BACS 401Assessment and Treatment Planning3.0
BACS 412Group Counseling II3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Term 5
Fall 
Term A
 
BACS 304Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I3.0
BACS 312Case Management Methods3.0
Term B
 
BACS 320Crisis and Brief Intervention3.0
BACS 404Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
Winter 
Term A
 
BACS 411Forensic Behavior Health Service3.0
BACS 310Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
Term B
 
BACS 230Genetics and Mental Health3.0
BACS 368Addictions Counseling with Special Populations3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 7
Spring 
Term A
 
BACS 360Preventing Substance Abuse3.0
BACS 367Advanced Counseling Intervention3.0
Term B
 
BACS 490Senior Research Project3.0
BACS 414Co-Occurring Disorders3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
Summer 
Term A
 
BACS 370Problem Gambling Interventions3.0
BACS 499Readings in Behavioral Health3.0
Note*
 
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 90.0

 

*

Students either transfer or take at Drexel an additional 90.0 quarter credits of General Education courses for 180.0 quarter credits total to complete the degree requirements.

BS Behavioral Health Counseling: Saturday Scholars - Winter Cohort Option

First Year
Term 1Credits
Winter 
Term A
 
BACS 100Life Span Human Development3.0
BACS 200Foundation of Behavioral Health Care3.0
Term B
 
BACS 210Behavioral Disorders3.0
BACS 220Counseling Theory and Practice3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 2
Spring 
Term A
 
BACS 234Introduction to Addictive Disorders3.0
BACS 255Multicultural Counseling3.0
Term B
 
BACS 325Psychopharmacology for Counselors3.0
BACS 232Ethics and Professional Responsibility3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 3
Summer 
Term A
 
BACS 301Group Counseling I3.0
BACS 410Child and Adolescent Support3.0
Term B
 
BACS 401Assessment and Treatment Planning3.0
BACS 412Group Counseling II3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 4
Fall 
Term A
 
BACS 304Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I3.0
BACS 312Case Management Methods3.0
Term B
 
BACS 320Crisis and Brief Intervention3.0
BACS 404Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Second Year
Term 5
Winter 
Term A
 
BACS 310Recovery and Relapse Prevention3.0
BACS 411Forensic Behavior Health Service3.0
Term B
 
BACS 230Genetics and Mental Health3.0
BACS 368Addictions Counseling with Special Populations3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 6
Spring 
Term A
 
BACS 236Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices3.0
BACS 350Child Psychopathology3.0
Term B
 
BACS 405Family-Focused Interventions3.0
BACS 420Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 7
Summer 
Term A
 
BACS 360Preventing Substance Abuse3.0
BACS 367Advanced Counseling Intervention3.0
Term B
 
BACS 490Senior Research Project3.0
BACS 414Co-Occurring Disorders3.0
 Term Credits12.0
Term 8
Fall 
Term A
 
BACS 370Problem Gambling Interventions3.0
BACS 499Readings in Behavioral Health3.0
Note* 
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 90.0

*

Students either transfer or take at Drexel an additional 90.0 quarter credits of General Education courses for 180.0 quarter credits total to complete the degree requirements.



Co-op/Career Opportunities

Drexel University has long been known for its co-operative education program, through which students mix periods of full-time, career related employment with their studies. The Behavioral Health Counseling curriculum includes one co-op option that exposes students to the varied work environments of behavioral health professionals.Co-op provides students with an opportunity to assess their personal strengths and interests for a career in behavioral health by observing successful mental health and addictions professionals in action. Co-op students work for six months in paid or unpaid positions consistent with their interests, abilities, and aptitudes.

After Graduation

Graduates of the Behavioral Health Counseling program are widely acknowledged by regional employers as being among their best prepared new employees. This reputation helps graduates easily find preferred employment in a variety of behavioral health care settings. Many graduates elect to continue their education in graduate and doctoral programs at Drexel or leading universities across the nation. Within Drexel, students may select excellent graduate programs preparing them for licensure as behavioral health clinicians and/or administrative, research, and behavioral health policy-making positions.

Career Opportunities

Behavioral health counseling professionals are employed in a wide range of venues. Counselors are needed in social service agencies, schools, health care facilities, and inpatient and residential treatment settings. Counselors work with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly individuals who experience disability due to mental illnesses or substance use disorders. Graduates who choose to enter the behavioral health workforce find immediate employment in areas such as psychiatric rehabilitation; family and child support services; addictions counseling; case management and services coordination; forensic mental health services; individual and group counseling; and crisis intervention.

The behavioral health care field is tremendously diverse and encompasses far more career opportunities than are listed here. There are career choices to be made at all levels of service — from direct care to administration and policy making. In this regard, students will find tremendous benefit both in the listings and outreach offered by Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center and in the diverse professional career experience our faculty bring to our students.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for more detailed information on post-graduate opportunities.

Facilities

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is located at Drexel University's Health Sciences Campus located in Center City. A Clinical Learning Resource Center offers a simulation lab where students practices skills needed in their chosen behavioral health professions careers. Sessions are video captured to allow students the opportunity to observe and critique their performance.

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 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 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 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 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

Behavioral Health Counseling Faculty

Veronica Carey, PhD (Capella University) Associate Director of the Saturday Scholars Program . Assistant Clinical Professor. Evidence-based best practices in recovery-oriented services, treatment planning, behavioral health care system practices, program planning, and implementation of psychiatric rehabilitation services.
Robert J. Chapman, MS Ed, PhD (Syracuse University) Associate Director of the Behavioral Health Counseling Program. Clinical Associate Professor. Motivational interviewing; brief alcohol screening and intervention for college students; harm reduction; innovative ways to motivate student change.
Ronald C. Comer, DSW (University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work) Chair, Behavioral Health Counseling Program. Clinical Associate Professor. Pre-professional and professional workforce development, and behavioral health care policy -- particularly at the service delivery level.
Lisa T. Schmidt, PhD (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). Associate Clinical Professor. The identification of best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation, illness management and recovery, and psycho-education.
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