Psychology and Behavioral Health


Students interested in working in the socially relevant, rewarding field of Psychology and Behavioral Health will explore issues in mental health, social problems, and criminal justice. This program provides a solid foundation for a student who wishes to work in, or pursue further educational opportunities in psychology, psychiatric technicians, youth counselors, case technicians, human service assistants, home care aides, and addiction rehabilitation assistants. Students in the psychology and behavioral health program explore techniques to help people cope with various concerns and problems that affect their lives, such as substance abuse, disability, domestic violence, and more. Areas of focus include instruction in human service skills such as counseling, social work, and psychology. In addition, the Psychology and Behavioral Health program provides students with a comprehensive understanding of how a person’s mental health evolves and affects their behavior and self-image. Finally, the theoretical side of psychology is blended with real-world applications, often using case studies. As a result, the student is prepared to enter the workforce as a mental health professional, such as an addictions counselor.


Upon the successful completion of this program of study, graduates should be able to:

1.     Describe key concepts, principles, and overarching themes in psychology

2.     Apply ethical standards to evaluate psychological science and practice

3.     Gain an appreciation for the delivery of health care in the environment of continuously changing vulnerable, racial, ethnic, and cultural demographics.

4.     Exhibit effective verbal and writing skills to enhance interpersonal skills.

5.     Demonstrate the principles of critical thinking in the process of problem resolution.

6.     Establish an understanding of the evolution of how mental health has been perceived in the United States over the past hundred years.

7.     Develop a critical self-awareness to understand the influence of personal biases and values when interacting with diverse groups.

8.     Identify ways in which oppression, privilege, discrimination, and social and economic disadvantage contribute to inequalities and injustices within the health system.

9.     Evaluate the credibility of research data as well as sources of information.

10.  Identify appropriate methods for working with clients to improve their psycho-social experiences and daily living.

Rachelle Chaykin

Rachelle Chaykin

Associate Dean