Youth & Behavioral Health Concentration
The fully-online Master of Science in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health (MSCABH) program offers four areas of concentration within the overall program curriculum. Applicants should review the information on each of the four concentrations and select the one that most closely fits with your desired interests and career goals. If after viewing the information on the concentrations, you are still uncertain about which one would fit best with your specific situation, please contact either the Director(s) of the Concentration(s) for which you plan to apply, and/or the Program Director, Dr. Bruce L. Levin. Keep in mind that there is overlap between all concentration curriculum and the choice of concentration should be based on your specific interests, and career and educational goals. The choices of concentration and track (thesis or applied/non-thesis track) need to be declared at the time of application.
In this concentration, students will gain knowledge and practical experience in these areas:
- Effectively infusing child and adolescent behavioral health principles and values into evidence-based practice, with an understanding of practical application.
- Understanding service system conditions and characteristics that impact the planning and delivery of CABH services.
- Providing effective services for people with co-occurring disorders.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the value of youth and families as full partners in educating behavior health professionals and in the delivery of care in CABH.
- Demonstrating an in-depth understanding of CABH advocacy, including consumer and family participation in advocacy efforts.
- Demonstrating an understanding of the value of interdisciplinary teamwork and collaboration within CABH and the ability to translate multiple perspectives across contexts/systems.
- Critically evaluating applied services research and specifying a broad range of CABH literature to analyze CABH issues and problems.
- Demonstrating ability to work with children and families from culturally- and linguistically-diverse backgrounds.
- Utilizing strengths-based approaches in the delivery of care, in a way that empowers families in addressing CABH challenges.
- Developing leadership skills at a system/policy level that are grounded in child and adolescent behavioral health research.
- Discriminating evidence-based practices in CABH for specific organizational and community contexts.
- Demonstrating an ability to integrate and synthesize research findings, with an understanding of relevant methodologies and models in order to translate research into practice.