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.

Strategies

  • Obtain internship in licensed drug & alcohol prevention or treatment program
  • 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
Addictionologist
Art Therapist
Child Advocate
Child Psychologist
College Student Affairs CommunityService Worker
Community Relations Representative
Community Relations Director
Copywriter
Correctional Caseworker
Corrections Officer
Cottage Parent
Counselor:Alcohol/Drug
Counselor: Crisis Intervention
Counselor:Guidance Counselor: School Criminologist
Customer Service Representative
Customs/Immigrations Officer
Drug and Alcohol Curriculum Developer

Drug &; Alcohol Curriculum Specialist
D&A Treatment
D&A Prevention
Editor
EEO/AA Specialist
Employee Assistance Director
Employee Relations Employment Counselor
Health Club Manager
Health Educator
Hospice Coordinator
Human Resources Administrator
Human Resources Professional
Mental Health Coordinator
Mental Health Minister
Minority Relations Specialist
Motivational Researcher
Music Therapist
Nurse
Outplacement Specialist
Penologist

Personnel Assistant
Personnel Interviewer
Personnel Manager
Prisoner Classification Interviewer
Probation Officer
Psychologist
Psychometrist
Public Health Statistician
Public Policy Developer
Public Relations Specialist
Recreation Specialist
Regulatory Administrator
Safety Engineer
Sales Representative
Social Service Administrator
Social Worker
Sociologist
Teacher
Television Research
Training & Development Professional 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
Pathways of Addiction: Opportunities in Drug Abuse Research
Alcoholics Anonymous
Al-Anon/Alateen
Narcotics Anonymous
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

Contact Information

 

Megan Adukaitis
Director of Career Development


Career Development Office:
400 St. Bernadine St.
Bernardine Hall, Suite 103
Reading, PA  19607
Phone: 610-796-8225
Fax: 610-790-1968

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

Email: career.development@alvernia.edu