Enter into the Behavioral Health Field
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders degree program prepares students with the skills and training to work in various settings as behavioral health technicians or specialists. You will gain a comprehensive knowledge base of childhood and adolescent development and behavior, and in particular, a thorough understanding of childhood and adolescent disorders.
Within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, you will explore the biological, emotional and environmental aspects that impact childhood and adolescent development, as well as theories related to childhood and adolescent physical and behavioral health. The behavioral health science program addresses the assessment, diagnosis, intervention and best practices for the behavioral health treatment of both children and adolescents. This behavioral health degree does not lead to licensure.
Meet the Needs of Behavioral Health
Upon earning your degree in behavioral health science, you will have the skills and training to work as part of a clinical team within the in-demand behavioral health field in an area such as counseling, health services management, human services, government and law enforcement.
As a graduate, you will have an in-depth understanding of the following core competencies:
- Concepts of Behavioral Health
- Behavioral Health Skills
- Cultural Competency
- Behavioral Health Information Technology
- Professional Network
- Childhood and Adolescent Disorders
The curriculum also delivers a strong foundation for pursing a graduate degree in counseling, criminal justice, clinical or forensic psychology, or human services. You will have the academic background to continue your education and advance your career toward clinical psychology, licensed therapy or professional counseling.
Explore Childhood and Adolescence Development and Disorders
You will learn to identify the theories of childhood development and the DSM disorders related to children and adolescents. This program prepares you with the ability to distinguish evidence-based treatment options, as well as discuss the Code of Ethics and legal rights when working with minors. The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders program concludes with a capstone project designed to be a culmination of your learning experiences. You will develop a proposal focusing on your area of specialty for a community-based behavioral health organization.
Course topics include:
- Introduction to Counseling Theories
- Introduction to Family Dynamics
- Understanding Trauma
- Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
- Introduction to Childhood and Adolescent Physical and Behavioral Health
Pursue a Rewarding Career in Healthcare
You will be equipped to enter a career in the behavioral health field as a behavioral health technician, specialist or paraprofessional with the skills to help you address childhood and adolescent development or advance within the childhood and adolescence disorders emphasis program. You may also pursue positions as a mental health service technician, social or community service manager, or case manager. Other potential career opportunities include professional roles in areas of behavioral health, counseling, health services management, health services and other agencies including, but not limited to, government, private and public entities.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.