Bachelors in Behavioral Health – Counseling

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health program is designed to help students learn and understand what constitutes psychological, emotional, and spiritual well-being for individuals. Specialize by selecting one of two emphases counseling, and coaching. All students will learn to consistently practice integration of psychology and Christianity. Counseling students develop practical counseling skills to pursue advanced degrees or work in a variety of mental health organizations. Coaching students apply psychological principles and strategies to encourage personal growth in individuals. With an important emphasis of applying knowledge in an experiential setting, the program includes a credit-earning internship that reflects a minimum of 135 hours at an off-campus site.

Why Behavioral Health at ACU?

In addition to a faculty to student ratio of 17:1 and a rigorous and biblically-integrated curriculum, ACU’s Behavioral Health program offers several unique advantages:

  • The behavioral health program at ACU is unique in its practicality, both clinical-based and biblically-integrated so graduates are equipped with hands-on counseling skills.
  • ACU’s graduates have successfully pursued occupations and graduate work in the behavioral health and medical fields for over 2 decades.
  • ACU’s program has adopted the five (5) major learning objectives recommended by the American Psychological Association.

What will I study?

The Behavioral Health program provides a biblical liberal arts foundation with an innovative approach to general studies that reclaims a Christian conception of the Liberal Arts, preparing students to be influential thinkers. Career-related focus areas will include:

  • General Principles of Psychology
  • Human Development
  • Counseling Skills: Principles of Counseling, Cross-Cultural Counseling, Counseling Theories, Internship Experiences
  • Group Counseling and Principle of Coaching
  • Christian Integration in Practice

 

Career Paths

Students who select the Behavioral Health Major will be able to choose from a variety of job opportunities in the mental health community such as:

  • Case Manager
  • Behavioral Health Technician
  • Psychiatric Technician
  • Law Enforcement Officers
  • Trainers
  • College Admissions Counselor
  • Correctional Occupations
  • Coaching
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Lawyer
  • Human Resource
  • Management
  • Border Patrol

Graduates from ACU will also be well prepared to pursue graduate work leading to licensure in counseling and other behavioral health disciplines.

Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences

Arizona Christian University
Building 2000
1 W. Firestorm Way
Glendale, AZ 85306

  Phone:
(602) 386-4111

  Email:
[email protected]

Academic Major Courses

Core requirements accumulate to 30 credits, 15 credits of Biblical and Theological Studies and 8 credits of science courses.

CourseCourse NameCredits
PSY 202General Psychology3
PSY 210Statistics for Behavioral Studies3
PSY 212Research Methods3
PSY 312Human Development3
PSY 322Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 400Human Sexuality3
PSY 497Internship ^3
BEH 490Behavioral Health Capstone3
PSY 300Tests and Measurements3
PSY 311Principles of Counseling3
PSY 320Cross-Cultural Counseling3
PSY 467Counseling Theories3
PSY____Psychology Elective3
PSY____Psychology Elective3
 

Checksheets

At Arizona Christian, we structure our programs to effectively prepare students to transform culture in their workplace. Our checksheets are annual guides that support students along the path toward graduation.

Campus

Online

Faculty

Our professors are experts in their respective fields and passionate about the subjects they teach; they challenge, and stretch their students to reach their goals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analyze what they learn in the classroom thoroughly. These are some of the professors you will work closely with:

Benjamin Pundit

Assistant Professor

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Dr. Pundit worked as a mental health therapist, Social Services Director in a nursing facility, a social worker in a hospital, a crisis counselor and a crisis evaluator in an ER, and a Site Coordinator which he managed 25 staff members and 950 severely mentally ill consumers in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Pundit was also trained in OB/GYN and Natural birth, Family Medicine, and Endocrinology.

John Hinson

Assistant Professor

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John Hinson is an instructor in the behavioral health department at Arizona Christian University. He has master’s degrees in both mental health counseling and theological studies. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Arizona. He has more than a decade of experience as a full time professional counselor. His counseling specialty has been with individuals who struggle with various addictions as well as their families. He was employed for nearly three years at The Meadows in Wickenburg AZ as a family therapist and trauma specialist before entering private practice in Mesa AZ. John began his teaching career as an Adjunct Professor in 2009 at Arizona Christian University. John is a native of North Carolina.

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