Established in 2022, the Behavioral Health Support Specialist (BHSS) Certificate provides foundational training for working and aspiring paraprofessionals. It was created to serve a workforce increasingly expected to provide clients and their families with treatment and behavioral health care related to substance use disorders, self-harm, violence, homelessness, and certain illnesses.
The program focuses on the specialized needs of LGBTQ+ communities in health care settings and covers topics including: the field of behavioral health care, scope of practice, cultural competency, communication strategies, ethics and confidentiality, and human sexuality. Students – enrolled annually as a cohort – will learn about the challenges facing LGBTQ+ clients. Courses are held online and remotely, with required in-person fieldwork through community-based partners in Los Angeles.
Format: Combination of Online and Remote (online synchronous)
Duration: This cohort-based program must be completed in four consecutive quarters.