Behavioral Health Counseling

Major: Behavioral Health Counseling
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 180.0
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years); No Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1508
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 21-1011

About the Program

The Behavioral Health Counseling program offers an innovative approach to undergraduate education offering interactive and experiential courses taught by certified, licensed, and experienced professionals. The program is designed to develop the clinical competencies needed to counsel and support people experiencing mental illnesses, substance use disorders, and children and families. During the freshman and sophomore years, students develop a foundation for clinical practice by studying humanities, social sciences, writing, biological sciences, math, and research methods. Students utilize this foundation to translate evidence- based research into practice. Students also complete ten required courses focusing on interpersonal communication skills, ethical standards, multicultural competence, addictions counseling skills, cognitive behavioral approaches, assessment and treatment planning, and psychiatric rehabilitation practices. 

Students apply their knowledge and practice the skills learned during the program via community-based learning and using Drexel University's state of the art Center for Inter-professional Clinical Simulation and Practice. Students then select from a broad variety of electives based on their career interests. Diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice principles are incorporated across the rigorous curriculum. The major also offers a co-op experience in a clinical setting that greatly enhances the student’s preparation for employment after graduation and for graduate study.

For additional information about this major, visit the Counseling and Family Therapy Department on the College of Nursing and Health Profession's web site.

Degree Requirements 

General Education Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development *1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
Computing/Communication Requirement
CS 150Computer Science Principles3.0
or COM 230 Techniques of Speaking
English
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Life Science
BIO 100Applied Cells, Genetics & Physiology3.0
or BIO 107 Cells, Genetics & Physiology
or BIO 161 General Biology I
or BIO 164 General Biology Laboratory I
Mathematics
MATH 107Probability and Statistics for Liberal Arts3.0
or MATH 100 Fundamentals of Mathematics
Humanities and Social Sciences
ANTH 101Introduction to Cultural Diversity3.0
PSY 240 [WI] Abnormal Psychology3.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Any HIST course4.0
Humanities and Social Sciences Electives24.0
Free Electives54.0
Behavioral Health Counseling Courses Required30.0
Life Span Human Development
Developmental Psychology
Foundation of Behavioral Health Care
Counseling Theory and Practice
Ethics and Professional Responsibility
Introduction to Addictive Disorders
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Principles and Practices
Multicultural Counseling
Group Counseling I
Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling I
Assessment and Treatment Planning
Behavioral Health Counseling Electives39.0
Select from the following:
Behavioral Disorders
Genetics and Mental Health
Recovery and Relapse Prevention
Case Management Methods
Crisis and Brief Intervention
Psychopharmacology for Counselors
Careers in Behavioral Health
Child Psychopathology
Preventing Substance Abuse
Advanced Counseling Intervention
Addictions Counseling with Special Populations
Problem Gambling Interventions
Trauma-Informed Care
Special Topics in Mental Health
Cognitive and Behavioral Counseling II
Family-Focused Interventions
Child and Adolescent Support
Forensic Behavior Health Service
Group Counseling II
Co-Occurring Disorders
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Competencies
Behavioral Health and Aging
Senior Research Project
Total Credits181.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.


 Sample Plans of Study  

4 year, no co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ANTH 1013.0BACS 2203.0BACS 2553.0VACATION
BACS 1003.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0SOC 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 107 or 1003.0Free elective3.0PSY 2403.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0Humanities/Social Science electives6.0 
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0   
 16 15 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 2343.0BACS 2323.0BACS 2003.0VACATION
BACS 2363.0COM 230 or CS 1503.0BACS 4013.0 
BIO 100 or 1073.0BACS elective3.0BACS elective3.0 
Free elective3.0Free elective3.0Free electives*4.0 
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0History elective4.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0 
 15 16 16 0
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 3013.0BACS electives6.0BACS elective3.0VACATION
BACS 3043.0Free electives9.0Free electives9.0 
BACS elective3.0 Humanities/Social Science elective3.0 
Free elective3.0   
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0   
 15 15 15 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BACS electives9.0BACS electives9.0BACS elective3.0 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0Free electives9.0 
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 181

4 year, one co-op

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
ANTH 1013.0BACS 2203.0BACS 2553.0VACATION
BACS 1003.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0CIVC 1011.0 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0SOC 1013.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
MATH 107 or 1003.0Free elective3.0PSY 2403.0 
UNIV NH1011.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0Humanities/Social Science electives6.0 
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0   
 16 15 16 0
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS 2343.0BACS 2323.0COOP 101*1.0BACS 3013.0
BACS 2363.0COM 230 or CS 1503.0BACS 2003.0BACS 3043.0
BIO 100 or 1073.0BACS elective3.0BACS 4013.0BACS elective3.0
Free elective3.0Free elective3.0BACS elective3.0Humanities/Social Science elective3.0
Humanities/Social Science elective3.0History elective4.0Free elective3.0Free elective3.0
  Humanities/Social Science elective3.0 
 15 16 16 15
Third Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
BACS electives6.0BACS elective3.0COOP EXPERIENCECOOP EXPERIENCE
Free electives9.0Free electives9.0  
 Humanities/Social Science elective3.0  
 15 15 0 0
Fourth Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCredits 
BACS electives9.0BACS electives9.0BACS elective3.0 
Free electives6.0Free electives6.0Free electives9.0 
 15 15 12 
Total Credits 181

Co-op/Career Opportunities

Drexel University has long been known for its cooperative education program, through which students mix periods of full-time, career-related employment with their studies. The Behavioral Health Counseling curriculum includes one co-op option that exposes students to the varied work environments of behavioral health professionals. Co-op provides students with an opportunity to assess their personal strengths and interests for a career in behavioral health by observing successful mental health and addictions professionals in action. Co-op students work for six months in paid or unpaid positions consistent with their interests, abilities, and aptitudes.

After Graduation

Graduates of the Behavioral Health Counseling program are widely acknowledged by regional employers as being among their best prepared new employees. This reputation helps graduates easily find preferred employment in a variety of behavioral health care settings. Many graduates elect to continue their education in graduate and doctoral programs at Drexel or leading universities across the nation. Within Drexel, students may select excellent graduate programs preparing them for licensure as behavioral health clinicians and/or administrative, research, and behavioral health policy-making positions.

Career Opportunities

Behavioral health counseling professionals are employed in a wide range of venues. Counselors are needed in social service agencies, schools, health care facilities, and inpatient and residential treatment settings. Counselors work with children, adolescents, adults, and elderly individuals who experience disability due to mental illnesses or substance use disorders. Graduates who choose to enter the behavioral health workforce find immediate employment in areas such as psychiatric rehabilitation; family and child support services; addictions counseling; case management and services coordination; forensic mental health services; individual and group counseling; and crisis intervention.

The behavioral health care field is tremendously diverse and encompasses far more career opportunities than are listed here. There are career choices to be made at all levels of service — from direct care to administration and policy making. In this regard, students will find tremendous benefit both in the listings and outreach offered by Drexel’s Steinbright Career Development Center and in the diverse professional career experience our faculty bring to our students.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center web page for more detailed information on post-graduate opportunities.

Facilities

The College of Nursing and Health Professions is located at Drexel University's Health Sciences Campus in Center City. A Clinical Learning Resource Center offers a simulation lab where students practices skills needed in their chosen behavioral health career. Sessions are video captured to allow students the opportunity to observe and critique their performance.

Behavioral Health Counseling Faculty

Veronica Carey, PhD (Capella University) Assistant Dean of Diversity and Student Affairs. Associate Clinical Professor. National and international speaker on psychiatric rehabilitation evidence-based best practices and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Adheres to social justice as an essential curriculum content orientation.
Lisa T. Schmidt, PhD (University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey). Associate Clinical Professor. The identification of best practices in psychiatric rehabilitation, illness management and recovery, and psycho-education.
Ebony White, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS (Montclair State University). Assistant Clinical Professor. Research focused on addressing issues in transracial adoption and improving trauma informed care within the African American community. Understanding global mental health within the African diaspora and expanding developmental pathways through advocacy and social justice.
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