Academic Program Proposal

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Proposal
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Proposal
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Academic
Program
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MHEC Final
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Final
Decision
Date
1/13/2017Community College of Baltimore County
Proposal
L.D.C.Adolescent Behavioral Health Counselor3/14/2017Approved4/20/2017
Adolescent Behavioral Health Counselor Program Description
The Lower Division Certificate (L.D.C.) in Adolescent Behavioral Health Counselor prepares graduates to work in the adolescent and family specialty practices. The crises of addiction and co-occurring mental illness have a significant multigenerational impact on the family. The purpose of this certificate is to prepare students to intervene with families and to work in settings such as inpatient and outpatient behavioral health treatment facilities, Juvenile Drug Courts and Problem-Solving Courts, and juvenile restorative justice programs.  Graduates of the program will be able to utilize a variety of counseling skills relevant to behavioral health counseling with adolescents and their families; assess and document a client's current status and apply age-appropriate and culturally relevant therapeutic techniques; develop, prioritize, and implement a plan to address a client's or family's presenting problem; conduct themselves professionally and ethically as counselors in culturally-diverse settings; and, express themselves professionally, both verbally and in writing, to a variety of audiences, including clients, other professionals, and external monitoring agencies.