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
Drug &; Alcohol Curriculum Specialist
Prisoner Classification Interviewer
Public Health Statistician
Public Policy Developer
Public Relations Specialist
Social Service Administrator
Training & Development Professional Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor
Youth Corrections Officer
Professional OrganizationsUpon graduation, Behavioral Health majors receive advance standing with the Pennsylvania Chemical Abuse Certification Board.
Web sitesCouncil 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
Pathways of Addiction: Opportunities in Drug Abuse Research
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug 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
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