Behavioral Health Microcredential

Program Info

  • Length Of Study:
    10 weeks - must be completed within the time period
  • Online Type:

    Asynchronous

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About

Behavioral health is the promotion of mental health, resilience and wellbeing. It also includes treatment and support of behavior changes for better health, including weight loss, smoking cessation, and eating disorder for example. The more allied health professionals understand behavioral health, the better they can engage with and support their patients in every health setting.

The demand for healthcare professionals to identify and support the nation’s growing behavioral/mental health challenges is more critical than ever, and healthcare professionals of all kinds are facing new and unique challenges in the primary care and community settings. Anyone working with patients today needs to have a strong background in identifying and responding to people with a range of behavioral issues. The behavioral health course will provide students with the ability to identify the most common behavioral health issues facing communities and focus on prevention and early interventions to avoid more serious problems. Students will learn how to activate critical community resources to provide support to those in need and aided by therapeutic communications techniques. Students will learn about crisis prevention and intervention and gain a broader understanding of the ethnic and racial disparities that lead to behavioral and mental health illness.

Length of Study

10 weeks - must be completed within the time period

Prerequisites

Currently employed in a health care setting with regular interaction with patients.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the most common mental/behavioral health conditions and how they might appear in different contexts such as during a home visit, in the clinic, etc.
  2. Explain the etiology, signs and symptoms, complications, medications, and treatment modalities for mental health conditions, including addiction, in adults and adolescents.
  3. Identify teaching strategies and information that assist the client in experiencing psychological stressors to meet their needs for health maintenance, promotion, or restoration.
  4. Describe the impact of trauma on themselves, on patients and communities and consequences to behavioral health.
  5. Describe therapeutic communication techniques when managing patients with mental/behavioral health issues.
  6. Describe principles of cultural humility and identify skills and practices to practice cultural humility in work with diverse clients and communities in the behavioral health context.
  7. Explain the impact of racial and ethnic disparities in health diagnoses and treatment of mental/behavioral health conditions.
  8. Identify evidence-based practices that prevent and address mental/behavioral health issues, and the mental/behavioral health needs of those with addictions.
  9. Know how to make a closed loop referral to needed resources.
  10. Identify and assess client/community challenges in accessing mental/behavioral healthcare and articulate possible solutions.

Online Type

Asynchronous

Credential Awarded

Certificate

Student Cost

In recognition of the impact of the pandemic on our communities, Futuro Health is waiving tuition for all programs and courses at this time.

$100 non-refundable registration fee.

$20 per month membership for education and training as part of the application process.

Enrollment

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Be willing to certify high school diploma/GED.
  • Currently employed in a health care setting with regular interaction with patients.
  • Legally allowed to work in the United States.
  • English fluency.
  • Ability to sit and stand for prolonged periods of time.
  • Be computer and internet proficient.
  • Have home access to reliable high-speed internet.
  • Have a working laptop or desktop computer that is less than 7 years old.
    • NOTE: iPads and Chromebooks will not work.
  • Be willing to commit 3-5 hours per week to participate in this course.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to stay calm under pressure.
  • Must be current on any outstanding Federal Student loans.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical thinking and problem solving.
  • The ability to manage multiple tasks concurrently.
  • Compassion and empathy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Be referred by a member of SEIU-UHW who is in good standing (if you are not already a member of SEIU-UHW).

Additional Requirements

  • Skills in problem-solving, setting priorities, and using good judgment for decisions.