Behavioral Health Certification

Earning a Certificate in Behavioral Health is an excellent choice for college graduates who wish to transition into a new career field. Behavioral health is a dynamic and growing field with an increasing need for qualified, professional employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that employment of substance abuse and behavioral disorder professionals is projected to increase by 31 percent between 2012 and 2022, a rate much higher than the average for all occupations. 

BH 201 Foundations of Chemical Dependency

BH 202 Origins of Mental Illness
BH 204 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy
BH 303 Counseling Techniques I
BH 310 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
BH ___ Elective*
BH ___ Elective*

* For a complete list of the many Behavioral Health Elective course offered, please see the most recent Alvernia Course Catalog.

In addition to academic quality, the Behavioral Health Certificate Program’s commitment to excellence is exemplified through the credentials, dedication and enthusiasm of its faculty. They are not only excellent teachers, but also practicing professionals who stay current with changes in the behavioral healthcare field. Students gain both knowledge and skills for the most up-to-date issues and practices as they prepare to enter the workplace upon graduation.

Career Success

Graduates of Alvernia’s Behavioral Health Certificate Program find employment in inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation centers, hospitals, corporate employee assistance programs, prevention and intervention centers, and other social agencies. The program maintains an excellent employment placement rate. The Career Services Office can provide assistance with resume preparation, interviewing and job searches.

Career Opportunities

  • Addictions
  • Mental Health
  • Criminal Justice
  • Children and Youth
  • Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation
  • Hospitals
  • Corporate EAP's
  • Prevention
  • Intervention
  • Advocacy
  • Medication Assisted Treatment


All courses are approved by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), the foremost drug and alcohol credentialing organization in Pennsylvania.

Coursework from the Behavioral Health program can be used to fulfill Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) requirements for certification and re-certification of addiction counselors. Students from outside Pennsylvania should contact the Chemical Abuse Certification board in their state for information about requirements and the certification process.

View the curriculum above required for this degree, read about the program in our brochure, learn more about our admission process, or request more information.


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