Behavioral Health/Human Services

Description:

The Behavioral Health/Human Services degree program is designed for students interested in working in the field of Human Services. Students will have the opportunity to study human behavior and human development within the context of the psychological, social and biophysical environments in which people live. They will develop skills needed to work with individuals, groups, and communities. They will develop the value base from which they will practice and learn the ethical standards of the helping professions. They will learn to appreciate and work in a multicultural environment.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Apply evidence-informed models, theories and practices that impact and transform individuals, families, groups, and community systems.
  • Demonstrate self-awareness, cultural sensitivity, human services values, ethical practices, and behaviors consistent with the foundations of professional identity.
  • Implement critical thinking, interpersonal communication, and effective helping skills.
  • Utilize self-awareness, knowledge, and skills to advocate for underserved populations and groups within human services systems.
  • Distinguish relevant client information and behavioral data used in assessment, documentation, and evaluation.
  • Apply the skills and knowledge required of entry-level positions within the field of Behavioral Health and Human Services.
  • Discover a stronger professional identity through personal growth experience
  • Develop self within the ethical and culturally sensitive standards of helping
  • Distinguish the major theories that inform multidimensional practice
  • Demonstrate the ability to use common helping skills, critical thinking and communications

Program Entry Requirements:

Students are typically required to take the College’s placement tests at their time of entry. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English and mathematics courses as a part of their degree program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Behavioral Health/Human Services, students must complete the appropriate 63 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). All BHHS students must earn a "C" or better in all required BHHS courses. While enrolled in the curriculum, students are to be guided by the values and ethical standards of the helping professions. They are also challenged to participate in a process of self-discovery and growth. Students whose behavior is viewed as inconsistent with professional standards may be dropped from the curriculum pending the results of a departmental hearing

It is recommended that students in the Behavioral Health/Human Services curriculum complete required courses ENGL 101, BHHS 101, BHHS 111 and math in the first semester to ensure time to complete either developmental math courses or successfully complete FNMT 118. It is also recommended that students take ENGL 102, BHHS 103, BHHS 105 and BHHS 194, CIS 103, and at least one of two required social sciences (PSYC 101 or SOC 101) within the first 30 credits. To qualify for the Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Behavioral Health/Human Services, students must complete the appropriate 63 credit hours with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). All BHHS students must earn a "C" or better in all required BHHS courses. While enrolled in the curriculum, students are to be guided by the values and ethical standards of the helping professions. They are also challenged to participate in a process of self-discovery and growth. Students whose behavior is viewed as inconsistent with professional standards may be dropped from the curriculum pending the results of a departmental hearing.

Course Sequence:

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health & Human Services   3 credits  
BHHS 102 - Social Determinants of Behavioral Health   3 credits  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 1
CIS 103 - Computer Applications & Concepts*   3 credits Tech Comp
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra or
MATH 150 - Introductory Data Analysis
FNMT 017 or FNMT 019 completed or FNMT 118 (or higher) placement 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning

Semester 2

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
BHHS 103 - Human Development and Behavior in the Social Environment ENGL 101  3 credits Cultural Analysis & Interpretation
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills BHHS 101 which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  
BHHS 191 - Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care   3 credits  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits Writing/Research/Info Lit 2
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

Summer 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
PSYC 101 - Introduction to Psychology   3 credits Cultural Analysis & Interpretation
ENGL 115 - Public Speaking  ENGL 101, which can be taken concurrently 3 credits Oral Communication/Creative Expression

Semester 3

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics   3 credits  
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies   3 credits  
BHHS 194 - Case Management Practice BHHS 111 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
BHHS Elective (Choose one):
BHHS 110 - Principles and Practice of Positive Youth Development: Community, Family and Youth Engagement or
BHHS 161 - Introduction to Disability Studies or
BHHS 171 - Introduction to Aging Studies**
  3 credits  

Semester 4

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits Gen Ed Req.
BHHS 151 - Family Violence, Abuse and Trauma   3 credits  
BHHS 212 - Resolution-Focused Helping Skills BHHS 111 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  
BHHS 293 - Family and Relationship Counseling BHHS 111 with a grade of "C" or better 3 credits  

BHHS Elective (Choose one):
BHHS 110 - Principles and Practice of Positive Youth Development: Community, Family and Youth Engagement or
BHHS 131 - Faith and Spirituality in Human Services or
BHHS 161 - Introduction to Disability Studies or
BHHS 171 - Introduction to Aging Studies or
LEAD 120 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice or
BHHS 106 - Analysis of Group Participation or
BHHS 222 - Assessment and Service Planning in Recovery or
BHHS 241 - Crisis Intervention**

BHHS 106: BHHS 105 with a grade of "C" or better
BHHS 222: BHHS 121
3 credits  
BHHS 299 - Capstone Field Experience BHHS 194 and BHHS 212, which may be taken concurrently 3 credits  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:

63

* Students with computer skills may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Dept.
**Students should choose BHHS electives in consultation with an advisor. Students who wish to earn the Human Services Leadership: Youth, Family, Community Proficiency Certificate should take BHHS 131 and BHHS 110. Students who wish to earn the Addiction and Recovery Studies Academic Certificate should take BHHS 131 and BHHS 222. Students who wish to earn the Human Services Academic Certificate should take BHHS 110 or BHHS 171 or BHHS 161 in one semester and BHHS 241 in another semester. Students not enrolled in certificates may take any BHHS elective course of interest.

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.

For More Information, Contact:

The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.