So what is Behavioral Medicine?
According to the Society of Behavioral Medicine, it is the “interdisciplinary field concerned with the development of and integration of behavioral, psychological, and biomedical science knowledge and techniques relevant to the understanding of health and illness, and the application of this knowledge and these techniques to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation”
We want our clinical mental health students to graduate from our program with a foundation of knowledge in common medical disorders, medical terminology, and strategies clinical mental health counselors can utilize to prevent and treat medical illness. A degree program such as ours would of course not prepare graduates to function as independent medical providers, but to work in a collaborative fashion with multidisciplinary teams, be able to communicate credibly with medical providers, and to be able to provide clients with support in preparation for medical tests and procedures, diagnostic trajectories, and supportive care. Our graduates learn to incorporate assessment techniques that may assist in detecting symptoms attributable to medical disease and to attend to the biopsychosocial model throughout the course of care.