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Behavioral Health Technician

State certified Behavioral Health Technicians (BHT) work under the supervision of licensed professionals, such as social workers, psychologists, or psychiatrists, to support the overall treatment and care of individuals with mental health or behavioral disorders.

Students must complete the required 20 credits of course work within a 12-month period. Although offered through the College of Social Work, coursework and subsequent state certification is open to enrolled undergraduate U students in any discipline. The curriculum focuses on developing competencies around core skill sets, including professional advocacy, ethics, and applied therapeutic communication skills. The coursework ties directly to the scope of practice defined by the state, and includes virtual clinical simulations. 

Undergraduate students interested in participating in coursework required for state certification as a Behavioral Health Technician can reach out to Prof Stephanie Bank for additional information.

Behavioral Health Technicians:

  • A woman at a table shows a digital tablet to a small child who is being held by a manWork under the direct supervision of licensed professionals, who provide guidance, oversight, and evaluation of their work.
  • May work under the indirect supervision of licensed professionals, performing specific services within the approved scope of practice.
  • May collect intake assessment information used to determine the well-being of a patient and the potential type of treatment options that might be appropriate.
  • May support licensed clinical professionals in developing treatment plans and implementing interventions designed to address behavioral health issues.
  • May conduct direct observation and monitoring of clients' behaviors, documenting significant observations, and reporting findings to the supervising professional.
  • May facilitate therapeutic activities and recreational programs to enhance clients' social skills, emotional well-being, and overall functioning.
  • May implement crisis intervention strategies in accordance with established protocols, ensuring the safety and well-being of clients during emergencies.
  • May provide education and support to clients and their families on behavioral health issues, treatment options, and community resources.
  • May implement behavioral management strategies including de-escalation techniques and crisis intervention as needed.

Over the next year, the College of Social Work will collaborate with other academic disciplines interested in adding additional course options to the curriculum approved by the state. The addition of coursework options from other colleges and departments will offer students a deeper understanding of the allied human services professionals with whom they are likely to interact. Academic programs interested in participating in coursework required for state certification as a Behavioral Health Technician can reach out to Prof Stephanie Bank.

Last Updated: 5/22/24