Behavioral Health/Human Services

Help Others Learn to Help Themselves

Our Behavioral Health/Human Services program will teach you how to understand human behavior and how to improve the lives of others. You will learn how to observe people and the ways in which they develop, consider the ways that social environments affect people, examine your role as a behavioral health professional in the lives of others, and approach difficult situations with understanding in order to respond effectively. As part of the College’s program, you will have opportunities to learn about case management, client relationship-building, techniques for working with groups and individuals, professional responses to cultural differences, professional values, and ethical standards.

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Child, Family, and School Social Worker – est. salary $47,474
Health Educator – est. salary $59,754
Marriage and Family Therapist – est. salary $70,245
Mental Health Counselor
– est. salary $47,938*
Rehabilitation Counselors – est. salary $40,009

 

**EMSI Data, 2018; Philadelphia County, PA; a percentage of people in these jobs may have a bachelor's degree or higher.

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Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Behavioral Health/Human Services degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health & Human Services 3 credits BHHS majors should take BHHS 101 and 111 in the first 12 credits, as they are prerequisites for other core courses in the major. Major Course
ENGL 101 - English Composition I 3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 1 
BHHS majors should complete ENGL 101, ENGL 102, CIS 103, and PSYC 101 in the first 24 credits.
ENGL 101
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or higher 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning
It is strongly recommended that BHHS Majors take math in the 1st semester to ensure enough time to complete either developmental math courses or successfully complete FNMT.
Mathematics
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts 3 credits BHHS majors should complete CIS 103 and one PSYC 101 in the first 24 credits.

Students with computer skills may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Dept.

Tech Comp
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills 3 credits   Major Course

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

  • This program is designed to provide students with the option of entering the workforce or transferring to a bachelor's degree program after earning their associate's degree
  • Follow this course schedule each semester and you’ll earn your associate’s degree in two years
  • Make sure you discuss your first semester schedule and your educational plan with an advisor or counselor when you register.

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BHHS 194 - Case Management Practice 3 credits Critical Course Major Course
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology 3 credits Cultural Analysis & Interpretation Social Science
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper 3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 2 ENGL 102, Info Lit
BHHS 103 - Human Development and Behavior in the Social Environment     American/Global Diversity Writing Intensive
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics 3 credits   Major Course
BHHS 191 - Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care or
General Elective
3 credits Students should choose General Electives in consultation with an advisor.

Students who wish to earn the Recovery Leadership Proficiency Certificate should take BHHS 121, BHHS 131, and BHHS 110.

Students who wish to earn the Recovery and Transformation Academic Certificate should take BHHS 121, BHHS 131, and BHHS 222.

Students who wish to earn the Human Services Academic Certificate should take BHHS 110 or BHHS 121 or BHHS 171 or BHHS 161 in one semester and BHHS 151 or BHHS 241 in another semester.

Students not enrolled in certificates could choose ANY BHHS elective, and BHHS 191 is strongly recommended. Students may also be advised to take Gen Ed electives to fulfill transfer requirements specific to undergraduate programs. If not completing a certificate, other common transfer course options include: World Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, or History.
General Elective

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
SOC 101 - Introduction to Sociology 3 credits   Social Science Interpretive Studies American/Global Diversity Writing Intensive
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking 3 credits

Oral Comm/Creative Exp.
May be taken concurrently with ENGL 101

 
BHHS 106 - Analysis of Group Participation 3 credits   Major Course
BHHS 195 - Practicum in Behavioral Health/Human Services I 3 credits   Major Course
BIOL 106 - General Biology I or
EASC 111 - Environmental Conservation
3 or 4 credits Scientific Reasoning  

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Credits Advisory Notes Course Type
BHHS 212 - Resolution-Focused Helping Skills 3 credits For Recovery Transformation certificate: take BHHS 222 Major Course
BHHS 213 - Practicum in Behavioral Health/Human Services II 3 credits For Human Services certificate: take BHHS 241 Major Course

BHHS 191 - Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care or
General Elective

3 credits For General Electives: Students not enrolled in certificates could choose ANY BHHS elective, and BHHS 191 is strongly recommended. Students may also be advised to take Gen Ed electives to fulfill transfer requirements specific to undergraduate programs. If not completing a certificate, other common transfer course options include: World Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, or History. General Elective

BHHS 191 - Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care or
General Elective

3 credits For General Electives: Students not enrolled in certificates could choose ANY BHHS elective, and BHHS 191 is strongly recommended. Students may also be advised to take Gen Ed electives to fulfill transfer requirements specific to undergraduate programs. If not completing a certificate, other common transfer course options include: World Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, or History. General Elective
BHHS 293 - Family and Relationship Counseling 3 credits   Major Course

You must earn a grade of "C" or better grade in all courses and earn at least a 2.0 GPA

  • Congratulations, this is your final semester! Don’t forget to complete your graduation application.
  • Meet with an advisor when registering for your classes
  • Finalize your transfer plans:
  • Take advantage of our scholarship opportunities for transferring students and apply for a scholarship
  • Visit Career Connections to learn about internships and your future career possibilities

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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Student smiles in a Behavioral Health/Human Services at CCP.

“When I arrived, I started learning the tools, obvious concepts like motivational interviewing, both from my excellent professors there and from my course readings of big names in the field. My studies and reflections made my life better, so now I can make the lives of others better.”

McKeithan Owens
program graduate