Recovery and Transformation Academic Certificate

This certificate may be taken in conjunction with the Behavioral Health and Human Services associate degree program.

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Our Recovery and Transformation academic certificate program will prepare you to work in a behavioral health and human service field that relates to understanding substance abuse. You will learn how to demonstrate a basic set of helping skills (warmth, empathy, reflective listening) needed for entry employment in the addictions field, work as a culturally sensitive ethical practitioner, demonstrate a stronger sense of self resulting from personal growth experiences, and use critical thinking and writing skills needed for working with clients. Individuals working in the addictions field require diverse backgrounds, training and experience. Students come to the program degreed, non-degreed and from various academic disciplines, bringing with them varied levels of understanding and expertise in the assessment and treatment of mental health and substance abuse.


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Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers– est. salary $38,775*
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors– est. salary $44,436*
Social and Human Service Assistants– est. salary $32,154*


EMSI Data, 2017; Philadelphia Metropolitan Statistical Area; *these jobs may require a bachelor's degree or higher.

Courses and Completion Sequence

The following courses and sequence of courses is designed for the optimal success and completion of the Recovery and Transformation Academic Certificate degree/certificate. Any alterations should be discussed with your academic advisor.

Semester 1

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies   3 credits
BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health & Human Services   3 credits
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills BHHS 101, must be taken concurrently or prior; acceptance into the BHHS curriculum or related certificate program 3 credits
ENGL 101 - English Composition   3 credits
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology*   3 credits
FNMT 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3 credits

General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College’s general education requirements is also available.

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