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NCMC To A Degree: Behavioral Health Support Program

Author: Janna Ingram, NCMC Behavioral Health Instructor


February 17, 2022

Janna Ingram
Janna Ingram
Janna Ingram, NCMC Behavioral Health Instructor

The Behavioral Health Support program at North Central Missouri College is an Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) and is designed to prepare you for the role of Community Support Specialist.  The coursework includes 61 credit hours with hands-on, clinical practicum experiences. Students will apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-world situations within the behavioral health support professions.  Students will become familiar with the many roles and functions of behavioral health support workers and transpire into trained professionals.

The fully online program can be completed with flexibility to do course work on your schedule.  The program offers a schedule that can fit any need.  Students will engage in supervised behavioral health activities within social services agencies, complete site visits, talk with professionals in addition to identifying and building relationships with community resource partners.  Courses include Online, on-Campus, North Belt Center and Summer Course options to fit your busy needs.  Additional options include Behavioral Health Support electives for any degree seeking student and Dual credit options.

While the role of Community Support Specialists have traditionally been held by Bachelor’s level graduates, students who earn this two-year degree are prepared and eligible for the workforce within various mental health and drug rehabilitation agencies.  Additional career opportunities could include half-way houses, correctional facilities, schools, private treatment or rehabilitation centers in addition to other human services agencies.

Students enter this program with a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Some have years of experience, and some have none at all. Experience in the mental health field is neither required nor expected. Students with and without experience in the field can be successful in this program.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics, Employment in Social and Human Services assistance is projected to grow about 17% adding approximately 60,000 new positions to the existing 400,000 over the next decade.  The Bureau reports that “Growth is expected as more people seek treatment for their addictions and more drug offenders are sent to treatment programs rather than to jail.”

If you would like to learn more about the Behavioral Health Support Program at North Central Missouri College, you may contact me at [email protected] by email or by phone at (660) 357-6302.   Visit myCOMPASS to stay up to date on current class offerings and changes for Fall 2022.

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