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Ruby's Academy For Health Occupations

Behavioral Health Technician


    Course Description

    The BHT program is a 30-hour professional development program designed for healthcare workers who want to build on their current certification or licensure to work with individuals with behavioral disorders. This is an entry-level credential for those who assist primary counselors and therapeutic staff by providing clinical support services to adults or children who are receiving substance abuse or mental health services in residential programs, in-patient settings or community based programs.

    Basic knowledge of the 12-Step Program is recommended. As some BHT’s in the field have experienced mental health or substance abuse issues in their lives, many employers require that those individuals have had 1 to 2 years of recovery for employment purposes. This is oftentimes determined on background records but each employer has different requirements which are sometimes based on the current Florida Statutes.

    Content Specific Training

    30 hours of content specific training, allocated as follows:

    • Clinical Competence: 8 hours
    • Maintaining Client and Personal Safety: 4 hours
    • Documentation and Patient Confidentiality: 4 hours
    • Ethical and Professional Responsibilities: 4 hours
    • Electives: 10 hours in any BHT domain

    Course Certification

    Upon completing the course here at Ruby’s Academy for Health Occupations, a 30-hour BHT certification is awarded. After qualifying work experience is completed, Behavioral Health Technicians can apply to take the Certification Exam as a BHT. Certification is awarded through the Florida Certification Board.

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    About Ruby’s Academy For Health Occupations

    Our mission at Ruby’s Academy for Health Occupations is to educate allied health professionals to meet the ever changing needs of the health care sector. We provide students with a quality career oriented education combined with practical experience, knowledge and skills to excel in the healthcare field.

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