Undergraduate degree: BS
About the Major
Do you have a passion for supporting children and adolescents? Are you interested in a career focused on improving the well-being and mental health of children and adolescents, particularly for youth that have been historically underserved? Would you like to begin building the skills you need to deliver evidence-based interventions for youth as part of your college degree? With a degree in child behavioral health, you will be a part of the next generation of mental health professionals ready to meet the challenges that youth face today.
Our child behavioral health major provides students with applied training in the delivery of evidence-based interventions to promote well-being and prevent mental health problems from developing and worsening in children and adolescents.
In building this novel program, training elements typically present only in graduate degree programs have been brought into our undergraduate major including:
- Specialized training in applied skills in early identification, promotion, and prevention
- 700 hours of applied practice in community settings, such as schools and the healthcare system, that will be supervised by Ballmer Institute clinical faculty
- Competency assessments to ensure proficiency in clinical skills
Child behavioral health graduates will be prepared to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation in youth-serving settings such as K–12 schools, the health care system, and other community settings. The skills students develop are aligned to existing career opportunities such as a mental health associate or social emotional learning interventionist and can also provide a solid foundation for future graduate study.