Behavioral Health Technician

A behavioral health technician assists in providing services for clients struggling with substance abuse issues and/or mental health issues. Technicians assist in ensuring that services are provided and helping clients with daily living skills, interpersonal skills, or family support needs.

Student Outcomes

  • Demonstrate effective mental health and crisis interviewing skills, such as reflective listening skills, attending behaviors, questioning skills, focusing skills, and influencing or confrontational skills.
  • Identify, comprehend, and synthesize social science academic research from original sources and demonstrate this capacity through written and oral works.
  • Deliver oral presentations and compose written compositions about issues of concern in their community in terms of identification, cause, prevention, remediation, and stabilization.
  • Apply knowledge of key theories and techniques in practicum and coursework.
  • Articulate a basic understanding of mental illnesses and substance use disorders through written works and oral presentations.

Career Opportunities

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The courses in this program may be used toward an Associate of Arts degree in chemical dependency counseling or human services for those students who wish to continue beyond a certificate.

Behavioral Health Technician: Fall Semester

AIS 100Intro to American Indian Studies3
HMS 250Crisis Counseling and Interviewing3
HMS 205Principles of Counseling & Group Theory3
CAS 242Fundamentals of Substance Abuse & Addiction3
GS 110Finding Place1
Semester Total13

Behavioral Health Technician: Spring Semester

HMS 298Cooperative Education/Internship3
PSYX 240Abnormal Psychology3
Semester Total6
Certificate Total19
NOTE: If placement test scores indicate refresher classes are needed, the student’s program will require more than two years to complete. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors.