Behavioral Health Technician: Diploma Coursework Summary

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A behavioral health technician diploma prepares you for a career working with people who need assistance in changing their often-destructive behavior. Such careers include alcohol and drug rehabilitation counselors, geriatric assistants, corrective specialists and counselors for at need children and adults. Typical coursework includes human development and behavior, group dynamics, gerontology and crisis intervention. Read on to find out more.
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What is a Behavioral Health Technician Diploma?

Coursework towards a behavioral health diploma will instruct the student in the complex interactions of human behavior and development in society. Instruction focuses on behavioral disorders and the reasons that people will act destructively and methods of correcting such behavior. Students will learn about the dynamics of group behavior, the biological and psychological origins and treatments of abuse and addictions, and special problems arising from the treatment of elderly patients. Graduates will be able to assess and care for behavioral disorders in settings such as group counseling, halfway homes, social service centers, correction centers, and similar facilities. Typical coursework for a behavioral health diploma includes:

  • Human Development and Behavior
  • Group Dynamics
  • Foundations of Addiction
  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Gerontology
  • Individual and Group Counseling Skills
  • Crisis Intervention

Why Get a Behavioral Health Technician Degree?

A diploma in behavioral health will prepare you for an entry-level position in the field and prove to employers that you have the skills and experience necessary for behavioral health jobs.

Career Options, Job Outlook, and Compensation

A behavioral health diploma prepares you for a career as a counselor who advises groups and individuals in productive behavior skills. This may include working with drug addicts to overcome their addictions, treating dysfunctional behavior in abused children, or rehabilitating criminals. These careers are often psychologically demanding and may cause considerable stress. Practitioners often find them particularly rewarding, however, and worth the special care and attention they demand.

Job Outlook for Behavioral Health Degree Holders

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), the demand for behavioral health specialists will grow faster than the national average until at least the year 2014. The relatively high turnover for behavioral health positions, combined with the highly specialized and demanding nature of the position, leads to low demand for positions and favorable job outlook for those in the field. The median annual income for behavioral health specialists in 2004 was $45,570.

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    1. Grand Canyon University

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    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EdD in Organizational Leadership - Health Care Administration
    Master's
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Grief and Bereavement
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with Emphasis in Prevention
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Community Mental Health Administration
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
      • M.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Life Coaching
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • BS in Health Care Administration
      • BS in Health Sciences: Professional Development & Advanced Patient Care
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
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    2. Northcentral University

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    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
      • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • DMFT - Couple Therapy
      • DMFT - General Family Therapy
      • PhD in Psychology - Trauma & Disaster Relief
    Master's
      • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
      • Master of Arts in Psychology - Marriage and Family Therapy
      • M.A. in Marriage & Family Therapy
      • MS - Organizational Leadership: Health Care Administration
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    3. Purdue University Global

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    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • MS in Nursing
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
      • Bachelor: Health and Wellness
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    4. Penn Foster High School

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    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
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    5. Herzing University

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    Master's
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
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    6. Keiser University

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    Associate's
      • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant
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    7. Colorado Christian University

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    Master's
      • Counseling, M.A.
      • Counseling, M.A. Online
    Bachelor's
      • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Clinical Counseling
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    8. New England College

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    Bachelor's
      • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
      • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
      • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse
      • BA in Psychology/Forensic Psychology
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Grand Canyon University

  • Ph.D. in General Psychology - Performance Psychology
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
  • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Mental Health Policy and Practice
  • DMFT - Mental Health Administration
  • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
  • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy

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Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • Master: Psychology/Addictions
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Bachelor: Health and Wellness

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Penn Foster High School

  • HS Diploma

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Herzing University

  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
  • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management

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Keiser University

  • Associate of Sciences - Medical Assistant

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Colorado Christian University

  • Counseling, M.A.
  • Counseling, M.A. Online
  • Psychology, B.S. - Emphasis in Clinical Counseling

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New England College

  • BA in Psychology/Clinical Psychology
  • BA in Psychology/Marriage Therapy and Family Counseling
  • BA in Psychology/Addiction and Substance Abuse

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