Build Your Knowledge Base with a BS in Behavioral Health - Family Dynamics
Behavioral health technicians and specialists are important members of any psychiatric care team. Respectfulness, patience, compassion and empathy are all essential qualities of a successful behavioral health specialist. If you feel called to serve others, then a behavioral health degree in family dynamics may be right for you. Grand Canyon University offers the Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics degree for students who are keenly interested in behavioral health issues as they relate to family systems.
Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this degree in family dynamics is a comprehensive survey of behavioral health science principles. Students gain a strong foundation in counseling theories, human development, group dynamics and marriage therapy. The principles covered in this degree program are informed by the competencies outlined by the American Psychiatric Association (APA), American Counseling Association (ACA) Code of Ethics and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Code of Ethics.
Develop Family Dynamics Competencies
GCU’s bachelor degree program seeks to instill within students a strong sense of ethical responsibility, Christian servant leadership and professionalism. As students complete the coursework, they have opportunities to strengthen their written and oral communication skills through informative interactions with peers and instructors.
The Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics degree requires a total of 120 credits for completion. On-campus and online courses are available for this program. Most online classes are seven weeks long. Some of the courses included with this degree are:
- Introduction to Counseling Theories
- Introduction to Couples and Family Systems
- Introduction to Family Dynamics
- Marriage and Family Ethical and Legal Issues
- Cultural and Social Diversity in Behavioral Health
- Report Writing, Research and Information Literacy in Behavioral Health
A bachelor’s degree in family dynamics can prepare graduates to pursue advanced degrees or practical work experience in fields such as counseling, human services, health services management, government and law enforcement. Students acquire a framework of foundational knowledge in counseling and family dynamics. Some of the core competencies of this degree include the following:
- Theoretical approaches and ethical standards pertaining to group work
- Influences of the family of origin on couple and family dynamics
- The recognition, diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders
Additionally, students complete the Professional Capstone Project. This is a written proposal for a community-based behavioral health organization.
Take the First Step Toward a Career in Behavioral Health
Students who choose the behavioral health field often do so because they have a desire to help others. This degree in family dynamics may allow you to pursue specialist or paraprofessional positions in the behavioral health field. Some of the jobs that may be related to this degree include the following:
- Behavioral health technician
- Mental health services technician
- Social or community service manager
- Case manager
As a behavioral health specialist, you may pursue work in hospitals, clinics and inpatient facilities. Community health service agencies, schools, social work agencies and government agencies are other possibilities.
This bachelor of science in family dynamics does not lead to licensure. It may serve as a stepping stone for students who are interested in pursuing a master’s degree in counseling, human services, criminal justice or clinical psychology.
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.