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

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision Qualitative
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision Quantitative
      • Doctor of Health Administration: Operational Leadership (Qualitative Research)
      • Doctor of Health Administration: Operational Leadership (Quantitative Leadership)
    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 Integrated Health
      • M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse
      • B.S. in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders
      • B.S. in Psychology with an Emphasis in Forensic Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
      • Master: Psychology/Addictions
      • MS in Nursing
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Psychology in Addictions
    Certificate
      • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Addictions
      • Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Herzing University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Accelerated RN to MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Public Safety Leadership
      • MBA Dual Concentration: Healthcare Management and Project Management
    Certificate
      • PMCPMHNP - Post Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Masters in Clinical Psychology (Licensed Professional Counselor)
      • Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Campus and Online Programs
    5. The Chicago School

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
      • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
    Master's
      • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
      • Master of Health Services Administration
      • M.A. Forensic Psychology
      • M.S. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. - Marriage & Family Therapy
      • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. - Substance Use Disorders
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    7. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
      • DMN: Pastoral Counseling
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Pastoral Counseling
      • Doctor of Philosophy in Health Sciences: General
    Master's
      • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
      • MA: Marriage and Family Therapy
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Life Coaching
      • MA: Addictions Counseling
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Addictions and Recovery
      • MA: Pastoral Counseling: Addictions and Recovery
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
      • BS: Psychology: Addiction and Recovery
      • BS: Psychology: Life Coaching
      • BS: Psychology: Crisis Counseling
      • BS: Religion: Christian Counseling
    Associate's
      • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling
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    Yuba College

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    9. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • HS Diploma
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Psychology - Clinical/Counseling

Featured Schools

Grand Canyon University

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
  • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness
  • BS in Counseling - Addiction, Chemical Dependency, and Substance Abuse

What is your highest level of education?

Purdue University Global

  • Master: Psychology/Applied Behavioral Analysis
  • BS in Psychology in Addictions
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Postgraduate Certificate

Which subject are you interested in?

Herzing University

  • Accelerated RN to MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • MSN - Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • PMCPMHNP - Post Master's Certificate in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

What is your highest level of education?

Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology (Licensed Professional Counselor)
  • Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis

What is your highest level of education completed?

The Chicago School

  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis
  • Ph.D. Applied Behavior Analysis, Credential Track
  • M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling
  • Master of Health Services Administration

What is your highest level of education completed?

Colorado Christian University

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. On Site Curriculum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. Online Curriculum
  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.A. - Marriage & Family Therapy

What is your highest level of education completed?

Liberty University

  • PHD: Counselor Education and Supervision
  • MA: Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CACREP)
  • BS: Psychology - Christian Counseling
  • AA: Psychology: Christian Counseling

What is your highest level of education?

Yuba College