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What can I do with a major in Behavioral Health?

A degree in Behavioral Health provides theoretical and practical training for professional roles in prevention and treatment settings. In addition, and perhaps more importantly, it is highly valued by related fields such as criminal justice, addiction, and children/youth agencies. Because of its wide application, the degree is designed to expand employment and placement opportunities for its majors upon graduation.

Alvernia's Behavioral Health Degree was one of the first of its kind in the United States. Students who pursue this major find the subject area extremely relevant, challenging, and rewarding in their quest to understand one of society's major problems.


  • Obtain internship in licensed drug & alcohol prevention or treatment program
  • Minor in related academic area such as Criminal Justice Administration or Psychology
  • Attend 12 Step meetings
  • Obtain internship in mental health facility
  • Gain volunteer experience at hotline or crisis center
  • Learn another language
  • Consider earning a graduate degree in counseling or other psychological field
  • Become familiar with governmental hiring processes
  • Get experience in advocacy
  • Enhance knowledge of community problems
  • Gain leadership experience as a resident hall advisor, admissions tour guide, etc
  • Volunteer as a tutor

Career Titles

Account Executive
Activity Leader
Addictions Counselor
Addictions Specialist
Alcohol/Drug Counselor
Art Therapist
Behavioral Health Billing Specialist
Behavioral Health Coach
Behavioral Health Counselor
Behavioral Health Evaluator
Behavioral Health Technician
Behavioral Intervention Specialist
Behavior Specialist Consultant
Behavior Support Specialist
Behavior Therapist
Case Manager
Child Advocate
Child Psychologist
College Student Affairs CommunityService Worker
Community Relations Representative
Community Relations Director
Correctional Caseworker
Corrections Officer
Cottage Parent
Crisis Intervention Counselor
Crisis Stabilization Counselor
Customer Service Representative

Customs/Immigrations Officer
Drug & Alcohol Curriculum Developer/Specialist
Drug & Alcohol Prevention   
Drug & AlcoholTreatment
EEO/AA Specialist
Employee Assistance Director
Employee Relations Employment Counselor
Guidance Counselor
Health Club Manager
Health Educator
Health Services Case Worker
Hospice Coordinator
Human Resources Administrator/Manager
Human Resources Administrator/Manager
Human Resources Professional
Inpatient Liaison
Life Skills Specialist
Mental Health Coordinator
Mental Health Intake Specialist
Mental Health Minister
Minority Relations Specialist
Motivational Researcher
Music Therapist
Outplacement Specialist
Personnel Assistant
Personnel Interviewer
Personnel Manager
Prisoner Classification Interviewer

Probation Officer
Program Coordinator
Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Public Health Statistician
Public Policy Developer
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Specialist
Recovery Support Specialist
Regulatory Administrator
Rehabilitation Counselor
Residential Case Worker
Safety Engineer
Sales Representative
School Criminologist
Skill Development Coordinator
Social Service Administrator
Social Worker
Television Research
Training & Development Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Youth Corrections Officer

Professional Organizations

Upon graduation, Behavioral Health majors receive advance standing with the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board.

Web sites

Council on Chemical Abuse: Programs, treatment services
Easy Does It Inc.: Assists people in recovery
The American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc.: Resource guides
Web of Addictions: Informational site for addictions studies
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Drug Abuse , and Violence Prevention, US Department of Education
National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information: Prevention Online
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Society for Prevention Research: Early career planning and placement

Contact Information


Career Development Office:
400 St. Bernadine St.
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Reading, PA  19607
Phone: 610-790-2878

Monday - Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Evening hours by appointment.

Email: career.development@alvernia.edu

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