BHA Course Catalog BHA II

Psychophysiology and Behavioral Health CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.220
Description:
This 16 contact hour course provides instruction, information, and skill development about how the mind and body interact. Students will learn in depth about different parts of the body and brain so they can understand how these parts and functions of the body impact their client’s functioning, thinking, feelings, and behavior. Additionally, students will learn about personality, sleep, and emotions. Course type: Self-paced

Introduction to Co-Occurring Disorders CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.225
Description:
This 8 contact hour course will cover common mental health and substance use disorders such as anxiety, mood, personality, conduct, and thought disorders, in addition to how disorders can co-exist and affect treatment services and processes. Through applied exercises, students will practice their developing skills associated with identifying, and describing these disorders and how they coexist. Relapse prevention techniques as they relate to both substance use and mental health disorders will be discussed. Course type: self-paced

Tobacco Dependency Treatment CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.228
Description:
This 8 contact hour course will present information on the magnitude of tobacco use, including the prevalence of disease and death in Alaska. Students will learn about the biology of tobacco use and pharmacotherapy used to treat tobacco use disorders, including treating tobacco users with medical conditions. Students will learn best practices for tobacco treatment, while considering the implications of Alaska Native tobacco use patterns. Available statewide and regional treatment resources will be discussed. Course type: Self-paced

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual Practice Application CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.230
Description:
This 12 contact hour course will address foundational information about the philosophical and practice basis of evaluating behavioral health disorders. Students will learn to use criteria contained in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) and the use of DSM-derived screening tools to develop working impressions and to contribute information to clinical diagnosis. Course type: Instructor-led (on-line)

Advanced Interviewing Skills CHAPCB Sec.8.20.235
Description:
This 16 contact hour course will introduce methods of interviewing that can be utilized with clients throughout the counseling process. Students will gain an understanding of fundamental theories of the various counseling methods such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and relapse prevention. Students will learn specific skills from each method and demonstrate these skills throughout the course in two, instructor-led, live classes. Course type: (Blended) Instructor-led (online) two instructor-led, live class sessions to be determined

American Society of Addiction Medicine Patient Placement Criteria Practice Application CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.240
Description:
This 12 contact hour course provides students with a philosophical and practice basis for  evaluating substance use disorders. The course will cover the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Patient Placement Criteria. Applied exercises will provide students with an opportunity to determine client placement recommendations using the ASAM dimensions. Course type: Instructor-led

Case Studies and Clinical Case Management CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.245
Description:
This 8 contact hour course provides students with the opportunity to discuss and analyze case studies for various behavioral health issues. The evaluation of the availability and usefulness of different services will be discussed within the context of the case studies. Additionally, students will participate in applied exercises to evaluate community resources, gain practice presenting case reviews, and recognize the importance of multidisciplinary teams and making and receiving referrals. Course type: Self-paced

Traditional Health-Based Practices CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.250
Description:
This 8 contact hour course teaches using Alaska Native written resources and the oral tradition of storytelling. These practices will teach students about the history of traditional lifestyles and health practices among Alaska Native cultural groups prior to Western contact while also focusing on holistic wellness through Alaska Native traditional values.  Course type: (Blended) Instructor-led (online) two instructor-led, live class sessions to be determined

Intermediate Therapeutic Group Counseling CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.255
Description:
This 16 contact hour course provides an in-depth exploration of the therapeutic group process and its application in village-based practice. Topics include determining the criteria for participation in groups of various types, how to screen for whether candidates are appropriate for participation, the role and function of therapeutic group leaders, and the benefits and limitations of therapeutic group services. Students will participate in role playing group scenarios and will facilitate a group with supervisor observation and evaluation within 6 months of the completion of the course. Course type: Instructor-led (in-person intensive)

Applied Crisis Management CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.260
Description:
This 8 contact hour course will provide students with knowledge and skills related to debriefing village based crises and the identification, prevention and basic treatment options of Posttraumatic Stress Disorders. Students will learn skills related to the evaluation of individual, family, and community strengths and risks following crises, and for how to access necessary resources after a crisis event. Short and long term intervention models for responding to crises will be reviewed. Course type: self-paced

Community Development Approach to Prevention CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.270
Description:
This 12 contact hour course will present students with practical information, discussion, and applied activities to prepare them to develop and implement behavioral health prevention efforts within a village-based context. Students will explore the foundational philosophies of community development and will then engage in the processes of identifying key issues, choosing appropriate prevention strategies based on community readiness, and writing a development strategy plan. Course type: Self-paced

Family Systems II CHAPCB Sec. 8.20.275
Description:
This 16 contact hour course will provide information related to family systems, child development,  parenting, and couple’s issues. The implications for behavioral health treatment within these systems will be reviewed. Students will learn how to teach basic communication, parenting and anger management skills in a clinical setting. Information regarding reporting abuse or neglect, and ethics and confidentiality will be discussed. Students will learn strategies for working with disrupted families and other agencies involved in the family system. Course type: self-paced