More people suffer mental health problems than you probably expect – at least one in four. Substance use disorders (including alcohol abuse) are among the most common medical conditions in the U.S. Nearly one-third of adults in the U.S. will develop an anxiety disorder, and 21% will have a mood disorder some time in their lives. This program is based on the latest research and evidence and helps participants learn how to recognize and aid individuals suffering from a behavioral health issue.

In this 3-course series, learners are taken through the most prevalent behavioral health issues, including specific cultural manifestations. They are trained to give short substance abuse assessments and what effects are. They practice implementing what they have learned through sample dialogs and case studies. Students use written assignments, facilitator feedback and peer interactions as learning tools.


  • Three weeks, two to three hours per course.
  • Consists of three one-week courses.

The courses in this track will equip you to:

  • Understand behavioral healthcare issues encountered in nonclinical settings, including serious mental illnesses, substance use disorders and the mental health consequence of trauma exposure.
  • Recognize the warning signs of serious mental illnesses, and substance and alcohol abuse, and exposure to trauma.
  • Understand and, in some cases, administer and interpret drug and alcohol screening tools and identify appropriate interventions.
  • Define stress, its physiological consequences, and illnesses that can result from it.
  • Differentiate between types of depression and types of anxiety disorders and the treatment options for these disorders.
  • Promote exercise for depression, anxiety and stress management.
  • Describe the relationships between stress, attachment and personality disorders.
  • Apply communication skills to interact compassionately and empathetically with individuals who have a mental illness or substance use disorder.
  • Create referral plans for sending clients to local and national agencies and services that can handle treatment and more in-depth screening for behavioral health problems.

Course List

Who should enroll in this track?

  • Nonclinical health care professionals who interact with patients suffering from depression, anxiety disorders, or stress
  • Program directors or coordinators who supervise a nonclinical team.
  • Drug and alcohol counselors and case managers.


Participants who successfully complete this learning track receive a Certificate of Completion in Behavioral Health Care.

“I appreciated all the resources available for print out. Also, the information was easy to follow and easy to digest, considering what a ‘hairy’ subject mental health and behavior health is.”

Mariuca Tuxbury,
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