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Behavioral & Addictions Couns Courses

BACS  100 - Life Span Human Development
This course introduces students to the physical, cognitive and psychological aspects of human development from birth through advanced old age. Topics include: environmental influences, perception, gender roles and sexuality, spirituality, motivation, life styles, and psychiatric disorders.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  200 - Foundation of Behavioral Health Care
This course introduces the students to the historical and current contexts of program components that comprise community-based behavioral health systems. Topics include: work-force roles; regulatory policies and program practices; federal, state, and county program organizations; advocacy issues; and managed care systems issues.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  210 - Behavioral Disorders
Clinical characteristics and diagnostic features of major psychiatric disorders are reviewed within the contexts of community-based treatment approaches. Topics include: etiological models, differential symptoms, diagnostic/functional assessment and treatment interventions.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  220 - Counseling Theory and Practice
Surveys major counseling theories with emphasis upon study and practice of basic counseling competencies. Topics include: relationship building, effective communication and helping skills, common stages in counseling process, and helping skills with special populations.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  230 - Genetics and Mental Health
This course explores genetic concepts and principles as they pertain to human variation in behavioral and general health disorders. Students obtain a firm grounding in the basic science and the tools used by researchers to explore the contribution of the genes (and their essential counterpart, the environment) to behavior.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  232 - Ethics and Professional Responsibility
This course discusses the philosophical, legal and moral responsibilities of professionals in behavioral health and human services setting with a strong emphasis on counseling relationships. A wide array of ethical issues are presented and discussed. Moral dilemmas comprised of competing moral obligations are examined.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  234 - Introduction to Addictive Disorders
This course introduces the nature of addictions and the impairment in individuals who suffer from addictions. It includes a review of theories on substance disorders and approaches to identification, prevention and treatment. Topics include: historical perspectives, diagnosis, types of addictive behaviors, treatment, and current research.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  236 - Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices
This is an introductory survey courses which acquaints the student with the principles and practices of Psychiatric (or Psychosocial) Rehabilitation. It provides the student with an understanding of the manner in which Psychiatric Rehabilitation approaches, understands and assists the person with serious and persistent mental illness.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  250 - Behavioral Health Informatics
This course introduces students to the uses and importance of computer technologies in transforming behavioral health care practice. Course sections cover both the science and practice applications of emerging technologies from psychotherapies, to medication management, and to quality care management.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  255 - Multicultural Counseling
This course provides didactic information for use in the development of awareness and skills necessary for effective therapeutic relationships with clients of diverse cultural backgrounds.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  301 - Group Counseling I
This course is an introduction to the theoretical base and skills used in conducting group counseling. Included are theories of group work, facilitation techniques, types and styles of groups and models of group functioning. Students participate in a group as a group member and to act as a group co-leader in order to practice leadership skills.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  304 - Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I
This course familiarizes the student with key cognitive-behavioral models used in therapy today. Differences and similarities are explored. Students are exposed to the philosophical models and the related techniques stemming from these models. Skills on how to conceptualize and work with a client are taught.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  310 - Recovery and Relapse Prevention
The goal of recovery and relapse preventions is the development personal strategies that will help the person restructure their life in a way that will prevent a return to active addiction. This course helps define the role of professional counselor in understanding the dynamic of recovery from a clinical perspective.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  312 - Case Management Methods
This course is an in-depth explorations of the definitions and methodologies of case management services. The course is designed to provide students with the most up to date research and clinical applications of services management in the practice of addictions counseling.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  320 - Crisis and Brief Intervention
This course introduces student to the fundamental concepts, theories, strategies, and skills needed to understand and conduct effective crisis and brief intervention counseling. Particular attention is given to several types of crises commonly encountered in working within settings serving people who have long-term disabling psychiatric disorders.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  325 - Psychopharmacology for Counselors
This course focuses on the mechanisms of action of psychiatric medications, and uses and limitations of psychopharmacology in the overall management of serious mental illness. The student will learn to work collaboratively with the consumer, and others, and the importance of integrating the use of medications with psychiatric rehabilitation approaches.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  350 - Child Psychopathology
This course provides an understanding of childhood-onset behavioral, emotional, developmental, and learning disorders. Review of theories on the development of child psychopathology and approaches to identification, prevention and treatment of disorders. Students learn about assessment and ethical treatment of children
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  360 - Preventing Substance Abuse
This course provides a comprehensive overview of prevention theories and prevention programming applications as regards substance use disorders. Course topics include: theories and models basic to prevention, science-based prevention strategies and model programs, strategic planning and outcome evaluation.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
May not be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  367 - Advanced Counseling Intervention
This course introduces students to current best practices when counseling clients with behavioral health disorders. Students are provided with training in the advanced counseling skills of Motivational Interviewing and Solution-Focused Therapy as well as introduced to experimental approaches to counseling this population.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites: BACS 220 Minimum Grade: C
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  368 - Addictions Counseling with Special Populations
This course involves the student in examinations of challenges for addictions counselors in working with frequently underserved populations represented by adolescents and elderly persons. Effective approaches to assessing and treating both youthful and older adult individuals with addiction disorders are explored and defined.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  370 - Problem Gambling Interventions
This course covers basic areas of treatment knowledge and counseling skills necessary to effectively diagnose and assess the pathological gambler and define the necessary components for effective counseling interventions with problem gamblers.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  390 - Special Topics in Mental Health
This course covers topics of particular interest to students in health sciences. In different terms, a variety of topics will be presented to the students. May be repeated twice for credit.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Course can be repeated 2 time(s) for 6.00 credit(s)


 
BACS  401 - Assessment and Treatment Planning
The focus of this course is learning the systematic, multi-disciplinary approach for gathering, interpreting, applying and recording data regarding clients in addictions and other behavioral health treatment settings. The most current screening, assessment, treatment planning and documentation approaches are covered.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  404 - Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II
This course extends BACS 304 by deepening the exploration of cognitive-behavioral therapy theory and methods. More emphasis and developing skills in conceptualization and treatment. Some focus on how clients can manage anger better and how therapists can take care of themselves appropriately.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites: BACS 304 Minimum Grade: C
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  405 - Family-Focused Interventions
This course gives students the knowledge, skills and attitudes to: identify and overcome the barriers that prevent family members from being full partners in the mental health treatment of their family member; define family from a culturally competent perspective; and provide mental health intervention in full partnership with families.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  410 - Child and Adolescent Support
This course is based on the principles of Child and Adolescent Service System Program (CASSP). The course gives students the knowledge, skills important to implementing a comprehensive care system for families and their children endorsed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  411 - Forensic Behavior Health Service
The intersection between law and behavioral health services in the focus of this course. Topics include: the criminal justice system, criminal thinking, community and ethical barriers, biopsychosocial models that are specific to the forensic client and the growing base of knowledge about community corrections.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  412 - Group Counseling II
This is an advanced course in the facilitation of group processes, with an emphasis on group counseling. The course provide skills in group facilitation including application of theory, tracking process and initiating interventions, working with special populations, incident management, treatment planning processes, and recording progress.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  414 - Co-Occurring Disorders
This course introduces an integrated treatment approach for working with individuals who have both mental illness and substance use disorders. Topics include: assessment and treatment planning, strategies for coordinating dual interventions.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  420 - Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies
The purpose of this advanced course is to help students develop the competencies necessary to implement the principles and practices of Psychiatric Rehabilitation. This is accomplished by engaging the student in an in-depth analysis of the tools and processes used to bring about outcomes related to community integration and the life quality.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Pre-Requisites:
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit


 
BACS  490 - Senior Research Project
The students, with faculty supervision, plan and execute a term project that will integrate the academic and practical knowledge the students have acquired in their curriculum. The students develop objectives relevant to the project, critique the literature, present a plan for implementation, and complete the term project. May be repeated twice for credit.
Credits: 3.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Course can be repeated 2 time(s) for 6.00 credit(s)


 
BACS  499 - Readings in Behavioral Health
This course is designed to allow upper-class students to pursue specialized interest in specific topics in behavioral health science. May be repeated three times for credit.
Credits: 1.00 to 6.00
College: Nursing & Health Professions
Department: Behavioral Health Counseling
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Program Level(s):
Undergraduate Quarter
Repeat Status: Course can be repeated 3 time(s) for 9.00 credit(s)