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BHS Degree Program: Behavioral Health Studies AAS

Meet the Faculty

Department Chair:
Cathleen Ferrick

Phone:  207.216.4379

Cathleen Ferrick has been teaching for fourteen years and has been a full-time faculty member at York County Community College since 2015.    More...

Department Chair Introduction

How Long?

Estimated Degree
Completion Time

Full-Time Semesters 
61Credit Hours

Please note, these estimates are based on a student taking an average of 15 credits per semester and do not include college preparatory or developmental courses.


The sequencing of courses in this program begins in the fall semester. Students entering in the spring or summer will likely take longer than two years to complete the program.

The Associate in Applied Science Behavioral Health Studies program is designed to prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to pursue a position in the mental health field or continue their studies at the Baccalaureate level.  Areas of study include trauma, vocational rehabilitation, substance abuse issues, human development, cultural awareness, counseling theories, victim advocacy and the role of mental health providers.  Graduates of the associate degree program are eligible to receive their Mental Health Rehabilitation Technician Community Certification (MHRT/C) by virtue of their degree.  This certificate represents the minimum licensing qualifications necessary for working in the mental health field in Maine and is required for all positions funded by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.  They will also be eligible for certification, at the provisional level, as a Victim Advocate by the National Advocate Credentialing Program. Graduates of this program will obtain a marketable degree with two embedded certifications which will allow them to work with multiple populations including individuals confronting mental illness, developmental delays, substance abuse, and other behavioral health conditions.


Qualified graduates of the Behavioral Health Studies program will be eligible for entry level employment at community health centers, hospitals, schools, social service and mental health programs, and child care settings.  Specific jobs may include, but are not limited to, Community Support Worker, Residential Service Worker, Rehabilitation Technician, Youth and Family Counselor, Education Technician II, Case Manager, Direct Support Professional, Life Skills Coach, Victim Advocate, and In-home Support Worker.

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Students who successfully complete the Associates in Applied Science in Behavioral Health will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the ethical principles involved in the human service field and how situational factors might impact the interpretation of those principles.
  2. Engage in assessment and collaborative service planning with clients, their families, and human service professionals while understanding the potential barriers clients may face in accessing resources.
  3. Demonstrate an awareness of personal and professional development in order to remain effective and promote optimal functioning for the self and clients.
  4. Utilize technical skills to effectively gather, analyze, evaluate, and share data while conforming to both legal and ethical guidelines for accessing and distributing confidential information.
  5. Communicate the importance of inclusion, cross-cultural sensitivity and diversity.

Behavioral Health Studies
Program Sheet

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Getting Started

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