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 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.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.