BHA Course Catalog BHA I
General Orientation CHAPCB Sec.8.20.050
Description: This 28 contact hour course describes the Alaska Tribal Health System and the origins and services provided by Community Health Aides, Dental Health Aide Therapists and Behavioral Health Aides. It covers the process of BHA certification, introduces the electronic Behavioral Health Aide Manual, and reviews the topic of documentation. Course type: Self-paced Offered: Quarterly beginning January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th.
Orientation to Village-Based Behavioral Health Services CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.100
Description: This 8 contact hour course provides an introduction to providing behavioral health services in a village based setting. It covers the importance of providing prevention, early intervention, and case management in rural communities. Emergency behavioral health response protocols and the use of clinical supervision to support quality of services will be evaluated. Students will create a strength-based professional development plan that identifies their strengths, areas for development, and their training and supervision needs. Students will present the plans to their supervisor and instructor to gather feedback. Course type: Self-paced Offered: Semi-Annually April 15th and October 15th.
Ethics and Consent CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.110
Description: This 6 contact hour course provides foundational information regarding the importance of professional ethics and evaluates the differences among ethics, policies, and laws. Dual relationships and the need for boundaries within a village based setting is discussed. Client rights and BHA advocacy for clients is reviewed along with the appropriate steps for consent. Applied exercises will be used to help students identify and develop responses to common ethical and consent issues. Course type: Instructor lead Offered: RADACT
Confidentiality and Privacy CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.115
Description: This 6 contact hour course will provide foundational and practice information about confidentiality and privacy requirements, including the Federal Privacy Act and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Exceptions to confidentiality, client consent, and protecting privacy, including written and electronic records will be reviewed. Students will identify and develop responses to common confidentiality and privacy situations and also practice obtaining appropriate authorizations and consent in various settings. Course type: Instructor lead Offered: RADACT
Introduction to Behavioral Health CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.125
Description: This 24 contact hour course will provide students with an understanding of what behavioral health is. It will provide instruction, information, and critical skill development for BHA students to work effectively with individuals experiencing mental health, substance abuse, and other common behavioral health concerns. Course type: Self-paced Offered: Semi-Annually April 15th and October 15th.
Introduction to Counseling CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.135
Description: This 12 contact hour course will provide a basic orientation to the counseling profession. The course will cover effective counseling skills, client and counselor roles, and interviewing and listening skills. Students will learn about problem identification, goal development, and action planning, while demonstrating the use of the client centered approach. Course type: (Blended) self-paced and three (3) instructor-led sessions; at approximately the 2 week, 6 week and 10 week marks. Enrollment Details: This course must have at least 3 students enrolled or it will be rescheduled. Offered: Semi-Annually April 15th and October 15th.
Introduction to Documentation CHAPCB Sec.8.20.140
Description: This 12 contact hour course provides instruction and skill development for Behavioral Health Aide (BHA) students in the area of the clinical documentation. BHA students will review the essential components of a behavioral health record, develop their understanding the relationship between assessment, treatment plan and progress notes, and learn and practice writing high quality progress notes according to standard formats. This course also addresses special topics in documentation including the role of third party payors and accrediting bodies, keeping records for family and group treatment, and ethical issues in documentation. Course type: Instructor-led webinar March 26 from 8:00am-5:00pm and March 27 from 8:00am-12:00pm and August 24 from 8:00am-5:00pm and August 25 from 8:00am-12:00pm.
Survey of Community Resources and Case Management CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.145
Description: This 8 contact hour course provides information about the identification and use of available community resources related to coordinating client services and case management. Students will practice evaluating the appropriateness of potential agency-based and other community resources. Applied exercises in identification of resources and case management will be provided. Course type: Instructor lead Offered: RADACT
Working with Diverse Populations CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.150
Description: This 12 contact hour course provides information for students to gain the ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds. This course also provides opportunities for BHA students to build awareness of how personal and historical trauma impacts clients.
Course type: Self-paced Offered: Semi-Annually January 15th and July 15th
Introduction to Group Counseling CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.155
Description: This 8 contact hour course will cover types and uses of groups, and how to encourage and support self-help groups. Students will learn how to assess the potential for establishing groups, and evaluating group counseling dynamics. Privacy and documentation of group counseling will be discussed. Applied exercises in which students may practice group counseling skills will be provided. Course Type: In-Person Offered: TBD
Crisis Intervention CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.160
Description: This 16 contact hour course will explore common causes of stress and crises and the differences between the two. Students will learn how to assess for levels of risk and how to determine potential interventions for each level of risk. Students will learn ways to support their clients and communities during and after a crisis, including finding opportunities for positive change following a crisis. Course type: Self-paced Offered: Quarterly January 15th, April 15th, July 15th and October 15th
HIV/AIDS and Blood Borne Pathogens (8 contact hours) CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.165
Description: This 8 contact hour course will provide information on universal precautions, health status, risk reduction, and counseling support regarding hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, HIV, and other infectious diseases that pose common risks for individuals with substance use disorders. Testing, counseling, treatment, and referral options will be discussed, in addition to how to approach lifestyle and risk issues. Course type: Self-paced Offered: RADACT
Community Approach to Promoting Behavioral Health (8 contact hours) CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.170
Description: This 8 contact hour course will present information on community-based prevention activities, including the community needs assessment process, community readiness assessment process, and concepts related to community development. Students will learn the key features of prevention and processes for identifying key stakeholders to partner with when addressing community behavioral health issues. Students will learn the basic steps for developing prevention strategies and for providing brief public presentations.
Course type: Self-paced Offered: RADACT
Family Systems I (16 contact hours) CHAPCB Sec.8.20.175
Description: This 16 contact hour course will provide an introduction to foundational information on family systems theory, family roles, and the effects of behavioral health disorders on individuals and families with an emphasis on Alaska Native family systems. Communication within families, responses to common family stress and understanding family roles will be reviewed. This course will focus on teaching students to support healthy families by identifying strengths and working with families to develop strategies to promote health and healing. Course type: self-paced Offered: on Relias until August 31, 2020 Course type: self-paced Offered: October 15th
Recovery, Health, Wellness and Balance (8 contact hours) CHAPCB Sec.8.20.180
Description: This 8 contact hour course will provide information on how personal health, wellness, and balance affect the ability to provide behavioral health services. Students will learn strategies for coping with personal and work-related stress to prevent burn out, including supervision and self-care. Applied exercises to help students practice skills associated with the maintenance of their own health and wellness will be provided. Course type: self-paced Offered: on Relias until August 31, 2020 Course type: self-paced Offered: RADACT