The Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences subscribes to a colleague model of education in which both students and faculty bring knowledge and experience to share. The model is active-horizontal with emphasis on partnership and learning, rather than passive-vertical with emphasis on expertise and teaching. Education becomes a two-way enterprise, an essential ingredient to a truly multidisciplinary endeavor.

Integrating the related sciences in an ultimately productive manner requires mastery of relevant subject matter combined with responsible entrepreneurship, relevant business knowledge, and effective communication with colleagues and the public. The educational model embraced by the School for its student-colleagues parallels the client-centered learning paradigm that student-colleagues may ultimately bring to their own clients for overcoming dysfunctional habits through self-regulation processes.