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Explore Behavioral Health


What is Behavioral Health?

Behavioral health is a broad branch of healthcare specifically focused on social, emotional, and mental well-being. This professional field often includes working with individuals who struggle with mental illness, behavioral problems, or unhealthy lifestyle habits. Behavioral health encompasses many areas of need and various professions with many career pathways and opportunities.

What types of jobs are in the Behavioral Health field?

  • Counselor

  • Therapist

  • Community Health Worker

  • Social Worker

  • Mental health nurse

  • Prevention Specialist/Aid

  • Peer Counselor

  • Chemical Dependency Counselor Assistant

  • Psychologist

  • Psychiatrist

  • Licensed Behavioral Health Counselor

  • Substance use disorder prevention

  • Mental Health Technician

  • And many more!

Behavioral Health Careers Institute for High School Students

Are you passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of others? Are you curious to explore the rewarding field of mental and behavioral health? We are thrilled to announce that the Appalachian Children Coalition is launching its inaugural Youth Behavioral Health Careers Institute this summer.

This day-long event is designed to provide you with a comprehensive overview of the diverse career paths available within the mental and behavioral health domain. Through engaging activities and interactive sessions, you will have the opportunity to:

  1. Discover various professions in the mental and behavioral health field, including their roles and responsibilities.

  2. Connect with like-minded peers from the Appalachian Ohio region who share your enthusiasm for this field, fostering valuable networking opportunities.

  3. Participate in team-building exercises, educational workshops, mental health and wellness activities, and career exploration sessions, ensuring a well-rounded and immersive experience.

By attending the Youth Behavioral Health Careers Institute, you will gain valuable insights into these rewarding fields, develop essential skills, and explore potential career paths that align with your interests and passions.

Choose the location and date that works for you:​

  • Shawnee State University, Wednesday, June 19, 2024*

  • Washington State College of Ohio, Tuesday, July 16, 2024

*as part of SSU Bear Tracks Residential Summer Program

Don't miss this exciting opportunity to embark on a journey of self-discovery and career exploration. Register by clicking here to secure your spot in this exclusive event. View our FAQs here. 

We look forward to welcoming you and supporting your aspirations in the mental and behavioral health field.

Why choose a career in Behavioral Health?

  • More people are seeking behavioral health services and treatment 

  • A tremendous need exists for behavioral health professionals in the Appalachian Ohio region

  • Increased acceptance of the importance and utilization of behavioral health services has made behavioral health services more appealing

  • Demand for increased mental health services makes behavioral health professions a stable career choice 

  • Helping people achieve fulfilling lives is personally rewarding

  • There are countless specialties and ways to serve in clinical and non-clinical settings (Keep in mind that for most careers in the behavioral health field, the requirements differ by state and employer)

Interested in learning more about how you can start a career in mental and behavioral health? Let us know and we'll be in touch!

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