This 24 credit minor focuses on the basic competencies associated with helping people in recovery from serious mental illnesses. Students complete 15 credits of required coursework and nine elective credits. Students should consult with faculty in the Behavioral Health Counseling Program for advice in selecting electives that will best meet their educational and career goals. Students may begin coursework in this minor at any point in their undergraduate education.
This minor can be completed in conjunction with a wide range of Drexel majors, including:
- Health Sciences
- Criminal Justice
- Health Services Administration
- General Humanities
- Nutrition and Food Sciences
What you'll learn
Students in this program will study:
- basic therapeutic relationship building skills;
- evidence-based practices for helping people in recovery from serious mental illnesses improve their ability to live, learn, work, and socialize successfully in the community;
- how to help people understand the role of psychotropic medications in managing the symptoms of mental illness;
- crisis intervention steps and methods.
What makes the Drexel Behavioral Health Counseling Psychiatric Minor program unique?
- Classes meet once per week for three hours to allow time for interactive role-play practice and demonstration of subject matter.
- Small class size allows for individualized attention to student skill acquisition.
- Students engage in community based learning by conducting assessments with individuals receiving services at a provider agency.
- This minor is exceptionally relevant to the recovery-oriented transformations taking place in behavioral health care today, yet it is difficult to find courses like this in most universities.
- Our faculty are certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioners and nationally and internationally recognized trainers.
- Students interested in working with adults with serious mental illnesses will find that psychiatric rehabilitation knowledge and skills are essential to promoting recovery and consequently will experience greater job satisfaction.
Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioners work as supported employment or education specialists, residential counselors, community rehabilitation program specialists, Assertive Community Treatment team members, peer counselors, and case managers.
The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the Compliance pages for more information.
Students may elect to begin coursework in this minor at any point in their undergraduate education. It is strongly suggested that students pursuing this minor consult with faculty in the Behavioral Health Counseling program for advice in selecting electives that will best meet their goals in this minor.
Required Courses and Course Descriptions