Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences (AAS) - General

Program Information

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Advanced Behavioral Health Sciences/Recovery Program prepares students for careers as behavioral health technicians, case managers, parent aides, family advocates, respite care workers, and paraprofessional counselors. The program includes courses designed to provide students with the skills necessary to deliver basic, specialized, and comprehensive behavioral health services. The core focus of the program is practical training and service learning experiences.

Program Notes

You must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses within the program.

Other tracks offered in this program include:

  • Track 1: Violence and Abuse Prevention
  • Track 2: Grief and Bereavement Recovery

A total of 10 credits of Restricted Electives (REs) are required for this program track.  Some REs offered may require prerequisite and/or corequisite courses that are not included in this program.  If you are interested in taking REs that have additional requisites, you will need to adjust your academic plan to incorporate these courses or obtain permission from your instructor to waive these course requirements based on prior experience.

 

Name: SID:
Advisor: Catalog Year:

 

Recommended Course Sequence

Semester I 18-20 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Enrolling in 18 or more credits requires special permission. If your schedule allows, consider taking ENG, MAT, and/or PSY courses during the summer semester to reduce your class load this semester.

BPC 101AA Introduction to Computers I 1    
BHS 101 Introduction to Ethical Counseling Issues 3    
BHS 105 Introduction to Human Relations 2    
BHS 115 Group Dynamics 3    
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3    
ENG 101 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 107 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
MA ANY Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.

(3-5 credits)

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Semester II 15-18 Credits Grade Sem/Year
BHS 130 Chemical Dependency OR

SWU130 Chemical Dependency

(SWU130 is not offered at GCC, but may be available at another MCCCD college.)

3    
BHS 151 Communication Skills in Counseling I 3    
BHS 205 Therapeutic Models 3    
PSY 240 Developmental Psychology OR 3    
PSY 266 Abnormal Psychology 3    
CRE 101 College Critical Reading OR

Equivalent as indicated by assessment (0-3 credits)

3    
COM 100 Introduction to Human Communication OR 3    
COM 110 Interpersonal Communication OR 3    
COM 230 Small Group Communication 3    
Semester III 17-19 Credits Grade Sem/Year

Enrolling in 18 or more credits requires special permission. If your schedule allows, consider taking ENG and/or HU courses during the summer semesters to reduce your class load this semester.

BHS 204 Counseling in Multicultural Setting 3    
BHS 215 Group Process

(BHS215 is offered at GCC in spring semester only.)

3    
BHS 260 Case Report Writing 1    
ENG 102 First-Year Composition OR 3    
ENG 108 First-Year Composition for ESL 3    
HU ANY Any approved General Education course from the Humanities, Arts and Design area. 3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

(Select 4-6 credits from the list of Restricted Electives below.)

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Semester IV 17-19 Credits Grade Sem/Year

A total of 10 Restricted Electives (REs) are required for this program. The number of REs needed this term will depend on how many credits were completed in Semester III.

BHS 156 Supervised Practice I

(BHS156 requires a total of 240 hours working in an assigned service agency.)

3    
BHS 263 Applied Case Report Writing 1    
BHS 290 Child And Family Advocacy 3    
NS ANY Any approved General Education course from the Natural Sciences area. 4    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

(Select 4-6 credits from the list of Restricted Electives below.)

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Restricted Electives 10 Credits Grade Sem/Year

A total of 10 credits of Restricted Electives are required for this program.

BHS 264 Understanding Trauma

(BHS264 is offered at GCC in fall semester only.)

3    
BHS 265 Violence & Abuse Matters

(BHS265 is offered at GCC in spring semester only.)

2    
BHS 266 Violence & Abuse Counseling

(BHS266 is offered at GCC in spring semester only.)

3    
BHS 268 Grief & Bereavement Issues

(BHS268 is offered at GCC in spring semester only.)

2    
BHS 272 Managing Difficult Children

(BHS272 is offered at GCC in fall semester only.)

3    
RE ANY Restricted Electives

 

The following REs are not offered at GCC, but may be available at another MCCCD college:

  • BHS267 Introduction to Play Therapy (3 credits)
  • BHS269 Grief Counseling Techniques (3 credits)
  • BHS270 Introduction to Dance and Movement Therapy (3 credits)
  • BHS281 Introduction to Art Therapy (3 credits)
  • BHS285 Facilitating Art Therapy Groups (3 credits)
  • STO289AC Using Storytelling in Healing Settings (1 credit)
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