Child Behavioral Health (BA/BS)

The child behavioral health major provides students with knowledge and skills to improve the behavioral health and wellness of youth. Students will learn how to equitably deliver evidence-based interventions to promote wellness and prevent mental health problems from developing or worsening in children and adolescents. This degree encompasses classroom instruction and supervised practical training by experts in behavioral health. Students will gain over 700 hours of supervised community-based practice as part of this major. Child behavioral health specialists who graduate from this program will be prepared to support the behavioral health and wellness of children and adolescents across identities and abilities and from a variety of family structures and backgrounds in schools, the health care system, and other community settings. With a degree in child behavioral health, you will be part of the next generation of mental health professionals and ready to enter the workforce with the skills necessary to:

  • Identify youth who can benefit from early intervention or referral to mental health services
  • Equitably deliver evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that promote the well-being of youth 
  • Teach youth to identify and regulate emotions, set goals, problem solve, practice mindfulness and other skills to support well-being
  • Help children and families establish healthy habits for sleep, physical activity, digital media use, and develop supportive relationships
  • Collaborate with other professionals like teachers, psychologists, and physicians to support health and wellness for youth 

The major is designed as a 2 + 2 program with the first two years focused on the completion of core education requirements, bachelor's degree requirements, and pre-major core curriculum in Eugene or another institution. The latter two years involve specialized coursework and applied practical experiences completed at the Ballmer Institute at the University of Oregon Portland.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of health equity and promotion in children and adolescents across identities, abilities, and family backgrounds/structures.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of risk and protective factors that affect the behavioral health of children and adolescents, with an emphasis on persistently underserved communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of prevention and intervention theory, and the ability to identify evidence-based practices and programs, particularly addressing the needs of historically underserved populations.
  • Demonstrate foundational intervention skills with children, adolescents, and families from all communities, including culturally responsive and affirming delivery of services and evidence-based programs.
  • Demonstrate professionalism across service settings, including understanding of professional ethics, and appropriate consultation with practitioners.

Child Behavioral Health Major Requirements

Students in the child behavioral health major must complete the pre-major core curriculum and the program requirements (listed below).

Pre-major Requirements

Introductory Psychology/Human Services3-4
Issues for Children and Families
Exploring Family and Human Services
Mind and Society
Healthy Communities
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion4
Diversity in Human Services
Introduction to Ethnic Studies
Philosophy and Cultural Diversity
Social Inequality
Human Development3-4
Human Development in the Family Context
Developmental Psychology
Total Credits10-12

 Major Requirements

Professional Core
BEHT 412Ethics and Professional Practice for CBHS4
BEHT 481Supervised Practicum I in Child Behavioral Health4
BEHT 482Supervised Practicum II in Child Behavioral Health4
BEHT 487Integrated Practice I in Child Behavioral Health8
BEHT 488Integrated Practice II in Child Behavioral Health8
BEHT 489Integrated Practice III in Child Behavioral Health8
Knowledge Core
BEHT 320Risk and Resilience in Youth Development4
BEHT 321Digital Media and Behavioral Health4
BEHT 340Evidence-Informed Decision-Making4
Skill Development Core
BEHT 411Foundational Interviewing and Counseling Skills4
BEHT 413Screening and Risk Assessment4
BEHT 471Child and Youth Supports and Interventions I4
BEHT 472Child and Youth Supports and Interventions II4
BEHT 473Parent and Family Supports and Interventions4
BEHT 474Community Interventions to Support Youth and Families4
DEI Core
BEHT 350Diversity Equity and Inclusion Theory I3
BEHT 351Diversity Equity and Inclusion II3
DEI Elective Courses (4 courses/12 credits)12
Supporting Behavioral Health of Tribal Youth
Behavioral Health: Asian and Pacific Islander
Supporting Behavioral Health of Latinx Youth
Supporting Behavioral Health of Black Youth
Supporting Neurodiverse and Disabled Youth
Improving Behavioral Health of LGBTQ Youth
Total Credits90