2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Oct 04, 2023  
2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

BHS 150 - Introduction to Behavioral Health and Social Services

Description: Survey of the behavioral health and social services professions, including scope of practice and training requirements. Exploration of employment opportunities in the field and self-assessment/academic planning for a career in mental health. Overview of mental health disorders and first responder skills in a mental health crisis situation.

General Education Competency: Written Communication

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Overview of behavioral health and social services professions, career opportunities, and employment trends
  2. Self-assessment, alignment with workplace demands
  3. Personal issues affecting the helping professional
  4. Self-care and revitalization
  5. Overview of mental health disorders and whole health interventions
  6. Mental health first aid 
  7. Initial development of professional portfolio
  8. Educational and career planning

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Describe the role, function, and responsibilities of various mental health professions and community service agencies. (1)
  2. Evaluate personal strengths, weaknesses, interests and values in potential alignment for a rewarding career in behavioral health and social sciences. (2)
  3. Describe cognitive and behavioral strategies that support academic and career success. (3)
  4. Explain the importance of whole health integration, strong support systems and self-care habits for stress management and resiliency as a successful student and valued employee. (4)
  5. Define mental health and identify common mental health issues. (5)
  6. Demonstrate first aid skills in a mental health emergency or in support of an individual with a common mental health disorder. (6)
  7. Build job-seeking skills and professional portfolio. (7)
  8. Create professional and academic goals, including a concrete educational plan leading towards certificate(s) and/or degree(s) in behavioral health and social sciences. (8)

Required Assessment:
  1. Demonstrate thoughtful and precise writing skills by completing at least 1500 words of monitored writing.