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Course Descriptions

BHS - Behavioral Health Studies Courses

HUS 101 - Introduction to Human Services
3 credits/3 contact hours
This course explores multiple aspects of human services including the history, models of service delivery, diverse populations, helping skills, and ethical considerations. There is an emphasis on career options within the fields of behavioral health and gerontology. Students will have the opportunity to explore areas of vocational interest.

PSY 210 - Psychology Across the Lifespan
3 credits/3 contact hours
This course focuses on the theories, research methods, and the status of scientific knowledge about human development across the lifespan. Topics include the interplay of psychological and environmental factors in physical, cognitive, social and personality development from birth through adulthood.
Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 230 - Abnormal Psychology
3 credits/3 contact hours
This course examines the major diagnostic, etiologic, and treatment issues for mental health disorders identified in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Specifically, the course will examine disorders related to anxiety, stress and trauma, mood, schizophrenia, eating and substance abuse, memory and organic dysfunctions, and personality. The concepts of normality and abnormality will also be explored along with related legal, ethical, and sociocultural issues. Prerequisite: PSY 101

PSY 232 - Introduction to Counseling
3 credits/3 contact hours
An introduction to various theories of behavior change, including dynamic, behavioral, cognitive, humanistic, and existential approaches to therapy. Individual, group, and family therapies will be discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY 230 (can be taken concurrently)

PSY 234 - Trauma and Recovery
3 credits/3 contact hours
This course will provide an overall theoretical basis for trauma assessment and intervention. Students will learn concepts of trauma theory, treatment options, and stages of recovery. The psychological and biological effects of trauma will be examined and clinical outcomes for the major trauma-specific disorders will be explored.
Prerequisite: PSY 230 (may be taken concurrently)

PSY 244 - Psychosocial Rehabilitation
3 credits/3 contact hours
This course will examine psychosocial rehabilitation as a core organizing principle of all behavioral health care. The philosophies and values of psychosocial rehabilitation and their application in essential client services will be examined with a focus on diagnosis, treatment options, and recovery models. Attention will be given to the experience of disability, components of service delivery, and the importance of collaborative planning.
Prerequisite: PSY 230

SOC 210 - Social Problems
3 credits/3 contact hours
This course will develop students’ skills of critical analysis through the application of sociological principles to current social issues. Examples of issues which may be examined are: stratification and inequality around the globe, poverty, health care, homelessness, aging, racial/ethnic conflict, gender roles and national and global conflict.
Prerequisite: SOC 101