Behavioral Health: Principles of Health Navigation and Peer Support Certificate, Spanish Enhancement

The certificate in Behavioral Health: Principles of Health Navigation and Peer Support prepares students to work as health educators, health navigators/promotores, and peer support specialists in settings such as hospitals, substance use recovery organizations, mental health counseling centerselder- and youth-serving organizations, the criminal justice system, public health agencies, community-based health advocacy organizations, and schools and universities. Students become familiar with public health-driven applications for promoting behavior change, identifying and navigating barriers to clients’ uses of health systemseffective communication using culturally responsive language, and the value of “peers with lived experience” in assisting others who have mental health and substance use challenges. Students enhance their interpersonal skills of rapport-building, effective client advocacy, entry-level crisis managementde-escalation techniques, and assisting clients with confidence-building, motivation, and goal setting. The certificate’s requirements prepare students for becoming certified as community health workers, health navigators/promotores, peer health educators, or as peer support specialists (students should be aware that criteria for these special designations/licensures may vary from state to state).  

To earn the certificate in Behavioral Health, students must earn a “B” or better in each required course. Any Western student, including those who are not pursuing an undergraduate degree, may earn the Behavioral Health certificateStudents can learn more about the disciplines of Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, and Communication on individual program websites and by contacting faculty members in those disciplines. 

A total of 18 credits is required, including: 

COM 371Small Group and Conflict Management3
PSY 100General Psychology (GT-SS3)3
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology (GT-SS3)3
SPAN 324Spanish for Medical and Social Services (pre-requisite: SPAN 202, or WebCAPE score of 509 or higher, or instructor permission)3
and one of the following:3
Development Psychology
Death and Dying
Health Psychology
and one of the following:3
Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine
Drugs and Society
Total Credits18