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Fundamentals of Behavioral Health

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The purpose of the Fundamentals of Behavioral Health Module is to improve quality of care. It provides individuals working in healthcare, the knowledge and skills needed to understand and more effectively recognize and appropriately respond to behavioral health problems and mental health disorders. This includes adapting to unpredictable situations that may be encountered and responding to angry and/or aggressive behavior.

Module Entry Requirements
Must be working in a healthcare facility

Knowledge and Skills Developed:
• Knowledge of behavioral health problems and mental health disorders
• Legal requirements, ethical responsibilities, reporting and documentation
• Communication, compassion and teamwork
• Resiliency, personal empowerment and selfcare
• Therapeutic settings, treatment modalities and resources

Appropriately Respond
Appropriately Respond


Unit 1: Mental and Behavioral Health, Behavioral Health Problems, and Mental
                  Health Disorders
Unit 2:  Legal Requirements, Ethical Responsibilities, Reporting, and Documentation
Unit 3:  Communication, Compassion, and Teamwork 
Unit 4: Resiliency, Personal Empowerment, and Self Care
Unit 5:  Therapeutic Settings, Treatment Modalities, and Resources 
Unit 6:  Recognizing and Responding to Aggressive Behavior

Units 1-5 is 10 Hours and Unit 6 is 5 Hours

Unit Contents
Important and Relevant Narrative Information
Application Activities
Critical Thinking Mini-Case Study
Behavioral Health Reflective Learning Journal
5 Question Self-Graded Knowledge Check 

Module Completion Requirements
  • Read Unit narrative information, view videos, and respond to the application activities.
  • PASS the Unit Critical Thinking Mini-Case Study. May attempt three times. 
  • PASS the Unit Behavioral Health Reflective Learning Journal. May attempt three times.
  • Answer the Unit’s Knowledge Check questions.
  • PASS each of the 2 multiple choice Knowledge Assessments (Exam) with a 74% or higher taken at the end of Units 2 and 5. May attempt three times.  
  • Complete and submit the Module Evaluation


Julie Russell RN has been an instructor since 2012 for an Instructor Led CNA Course in Powder River County. Julie has been teaching online CNA courses with Montana Health Network/NE MT AHEC since July 2017. Julie began teaching the Community Health Worker training program in May 2018. Julie has extensive healthcare experience in frontier Montana. Some of Julie’s healthcare roles include: long term care, Federally Funded Community Health Center, Community Health, School Nursing, and Limited Permit Radiology. Julie is excited to share her extensive experience to aid in building a Community Health Worker Program in eastern Montana.

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