Advanced Human Service Certificate

Course Number Course Title CL LAB CR
# ADCL 120C Survey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment 3 0 3
# PSYC 280C Individual Counseling: Theory and Practice 3 0 3
# PSYC 220C Human Growth and Development: The Life Span 3 0 3
# ADCL 235C Physiology and Pharmacology of Addiction 3 0 3
# HSV 221C Social and Professional Issues in Today's Society 3 0 3
# HSV 195C Human Service Practicum I* 2 8 4

# Indicates major field courses
*In order to enroll in HSV 195C a student must have achieved a Grade of “C” or higher in each practicum prerequisite, have an overall GPA of 2.0, plus Permission of the Department Chair of Human Service.

Curriculum for students entering program in 2019-20.

This certificate provides individuals an opportunity to further explore firsthand the various sectors of the helping professions and get a real sense of the direction they may want to take to advance in their career or in their pursuit of a more advanced credential/degree. As students move through the various certificate courses and pursue completion of this certificate, they will focus their coursework on their academic and career interests in human services, mental health, gerontology, substance use disorder treatment, and/or the specific sector of the helping professions which interests them.

'Stacking' this certification into the Human Service Degree enables NHTI, Concord's Community College to further respond to:

  1. student needs for a credential that can lead to career advancement and degree completion;
  2. ongoing employer demands for educated individuals who are trained to the specific requirements needed to interact with clients and patients in various human service agencies, organizations, and settings.

In addition, 'stacking' this certificate into the Human Service Degree will provide students with a 6 course (19 credit) pathway to achieve not only an educational credential but also the incentive to go on to complete the Human Service Associates Degree (which also includes a Mindful Communications Certificate). Overall, this credential is designed to provide and strengthen a pathway for student persistence, retention, and completion.

This program is financial aid eligible. To be eligible for federal financial aid, students must submit an official, final high school transcript, or the equivalent documentation that demonstrates high school completion, to the NHTI Admissions Office.

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Admission Requirements

  1. Complete the online application or the PDF version for admission to NHTI.
  2. Have official transcripts forwarded to NHTI by secondary and postsecondary institutions previously attended.
  3. Applicants who have earned a high school equivalency certificate must submit a copy of the certificate, including scores, as well as official transcripts reflecting completed school work and grades prior to leaving school.
  4. Candidates required to have a personal interview with the Department Chair, Human Services.
  5. See also General Admission Requirements:­admission-reguirements.

Sobriety Statement The Human Service Department abides by the accepted national standard that recommends a minimum of two years of sobriety for any prospective trainee in the field of alcohol and other drug use counseling.  

Health, Character and Technical Standards The college must ensure that patients/clients are not placed in jeopary by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in practica, service learning and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client care responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers and/or patients/clients and their families.  

Character Expectations

  • Human Service and Addiction Counseling students work closely with individuals of all ages in the field. Many of the Practicum sites and potential employers will perform a background check through the New Hampshire Department of Safety as well as police and potential FBI checks. A student's driving record will also be examined and considered prior to acceptance of some practicum and employment opportunities. The student may be called upon to pay for the previously mentioned background checks, etc;
  • Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for practica. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview or meeting, so that future goals will not be compromised.

Health Consideration

  • All Human Service majors will receive NHTI Health forms following acceptance. These forms must be completed and along with requested health physical exam, TB testing, prior to the start of classes. Each student is required to obtain NHTI Liability Insurance, starting in each academic year. The students will be billed directly. Students are also eligible to purchase Health Insurance through NHTI for their own health needs.

Technical Standards Technical Standards have been established as guidance tools to inform program applicants of skills and standards necessary for successful completion of the Human Service programs. Any applicant who has concerns or questions regarding the Technical Standards is encouraged to contact the Department Chair to discuss their individual issues. Students in the Human Service programs must be able to demonstrate:

  • Ability to communicate verbally as a student in classes, and later as a professional in individual and group counseling situations;
  • Sufficient verbal skills and language to: collaborate with a wide variety of helping professionals in clinical, societal and professional areas; deliver accurate and required information; and to search for information, e.g., questioning;
  • Sufficient writing ability to formulate written assessment, charting notes, and reports, etc.;
  • Ability to sustain cognitive integrity in areas of short- and long-term memory, areas of written documentation and follow-through of responsibilities;
  • Ability to concentrate on the execution of treatment plans, assigned skills and tasks as well as the integration and communication of this work for both short and long term periods of time;
  • Ability to work in settings that may lend themselves to frequent interruptions, immediate crisis response and role responsibility exchange;
  • Ability to cope with a variety of stressors, including people-place occurrences, and demonstrate safe and required care for individuals and the workplace as a whole;
  • Ability to secure transportation to practicum sites and classes;
  • Ability to consistently attend and participate in classes;
  • Ability to demonstrate and maintain organizational skills, time management and professional respect and conduct as a human service student, either at a practicum site, or in the community.
  • Ability to adhere to and practice the Human Service Department's ethical guidelines.

Additional Information

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Michael O'Bryant
Human Service and Addiction Counseling Dept. Chair
(603) 271-6484 x4269

31 College Drive
Concord, NH 03301
(603) 230-4011

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