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3300 W Camelback Rd 
Phoenix AZ 85017 

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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science - Substance Use Disorders (Online)

Grand Canyon University's Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Substance Use Disorders program introduces students to behavioral health and substance abuse disorders and addiction. The substance use disorder curriculum offers a strong foundation for students who want to pursue a master’s degree in counseling, mental health, criminal justice, clinical or forensic psychology or human services.

Among GCU’s five critical competencies: effective communication, critical thinking, Christian worldview, leadership and global awareness, perspectives and ethics. Additionally, this emphasis in substance use disorders covers six domains:

  • Concepts of behavioral health
  • Behavioral health skills • Cultural competency
  • Behavioral health information technology
  • Professional network
  • Substance use disorders

The emphasis in substance use disorders teaches students to determine substances that are abused and their respective effects. Students will also practice rapport building and interviewing skills, identify various assessment tools, learn documentation strategies for treatment plans. They will also examine ethical codes and organizational policies.

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