Scope of Practice and Program Objectives

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Learn more about a Child Behavioral Health Specialist and provide feedback on our draft scope of practice and draft program objectives

Open for feedback before 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23. Email ballmerinstitute@uoregon.edu

 

The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health at the University of Oregon 

A bold new approach to promote the behavioral health and wellness of children and adolescents  

Made possible by a transformational gift from Connie and Steve Ballmer, the University of Oregon launched The Ballmer Institute for Children’s Behavioral Health in Portland, Oregon to promote the behavioral health and wellness of children and adolescents. We define behavioral health as an umbrella term that encompasses the mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being of individuals.  

The Ballmer Institute leverages transdisciplinary faculty expertise in the College of Education and Department of Psychology. These leading faculty bring deep knowledge of evidence-based practices including culturally responsive and affirming delivery of services garnered from years of research, innovation, and practice. Learn more about our faculty. 

Our goal is to create a bachelor’s degree level child behavioral health workforce that expands children’s and adolescent’s access to behavioral health services, with targeted coursework and clinical training that focuses primarily on promotion and prevention with a secondary emphasis on selected intervention services. As we strive to achieve this goal, there will be an intentional emphasis on improving access for children and adolescents from historically and persistently underserved communities.  

Draft Child Behavioral Health Specialist: Professional Role 

Child behavioral health specialists support the behavioral health of children and adolescents across identities and abilities, from a variety of family structures and backgrounds, in schools, public health, and  health care settings. Behavioral health encompasses the mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being of individuals.  

A child behavioral health specialist provides comprehensive, responsive, evidence-based services supporting children’s behavioral health. They work within a team of professionals to deliver universal behavioral health promotion and prevention services and selected intervention services, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of historically underserved populations.  

Draft Program Objectives 

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of health equity and promotion in children and adolescents across identities and abilities, from a variety of family structures and backgrounds, including culturally responsive and affirming delivery of services. 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of risk and protective factors that affect the behavioral health of children and adolescents, with an emphasis on persistently underserved communities. 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of prevention and intervention theory, and the ability to identify evidence-based practices and programs, with an emphasis on addressing the needs of historically underserved populations. 

  1. Demonstrate foundational intervention skills with children, adolescents, and families from all communities, including direct service, and delivery of evidence-based programs. 

  1. Demonstrate professionalism across service settings, including understanding of professional ethics, and appropriate consultation with practitioners. 


Open for feedback before 5 p.m. on Monday, May 23. Email ballmerinstitute@uoregon.edu