Jun 03, 2023  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog (DRAFT) 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog (DRAFT)

Human Services: Behavioral Healthcare Specialist Certificate (BHCS-CC-HS)

Location(s): Housatonic

DRAFT CT State Community College Catalog 2023-2024

  • New students enrolling for the first time in Fall 2023 will begin as students of Connecticut State Community College under this draft catalog. 
  • Continuing students from one of the 12 community colleges will be transitioned into a CT State program in this draft catalog as of the start of the Fall 2023 term.
  • This catalog is a draft to be finalized in the Spring of 2023. The policies, courses and programs described are not applicable until the Fall 2023 term and may be updated as circumstances require.

Health encompasses more than just physical health. Behavioral healthcare refers to the treatment of mental illnesses and substance abuse disorders; and is an important component of an effective healthcare delivery system. This program will prepare individuals for employment in entry-level professional positions in public and private agencies serving mentally ill and substance abusing patients. Instruction is also provided to allow for the continuation of studies at two- and four-year programs in the areas of substance abuse and mental health.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will understand and/or acquire knowledge in:

  • Skills, strategies and techniques necessary for entry-level professional positions in substance abuse and mental health treatment facilities.
  • Professional competencies in report writing, assessment, case management, treatment planning and other professional functions within the Behavioral Health Care field.
  • Models of research and theory for diagnosing and treating individuals with mental health and addiction issues.
  • Professional competencies in working with clients individually and in groups within diverse populations.
  • Direct client engagement and supervision in a clinical setting within the Behavioral Health Care field.
  • Preparation for continued studies at 2- and 4-year educational institutions in the area of addiction and mental health.

This certificate includes 120 hours of supervised field placement work in HSE 287. Students may be required to complete a background check, proof of health (e.g., vaccinations), and drug screening for field work.