This certificate is designed to be completed in one year over two semesters. It provides the opportunity to explore and build on the foundational education acquired in the basic Human Service Certificate program. Students focus coursework on academic and career interests in human services, mental health, gerontology, substance abuse disorder treatment (SUD Tx), and/or the specific sector of the helping professions that interests them. 

This certificate includes a semester-long internship in which students practically apply their classroom lessons. This minimum 125-hour supervised internship involves approximately 8-10 hours per week for 15 weeks at a site of the student’s choosing. 

Because this certificate combines classroom learning with field experience, students gain the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to prepare them to ethically and competently fulfill the duties and responsibilities required for employment as a helping professional. This includes an understanding of and sensitivity to diverse populations. Students can matriculate in the Human Service Associate Degree program, which includes a second supervised internship experience. All courses are taught by instructors with practical experience as helping professionals. This program is financial aid-eligible.

 

Curriculum Abbreviations

  • CL – Number of lecture/classroom hours per week for the course
  • LAB – Number of simulation laboratory, laboratory or clinical hours per week for the course
  • CR – Number of credit hours for the course
CourseTitleCLLABCR
ADCL 120CSurvey of Addictive Behavior and Treatment303
PSYC 280CIndividual Counseling: Theory and Practice303
PSYC 220CHuman Growth and Development: The Life Span303
ADCL 235CPhysiology and Pharmacology of Addiction303
HSV 221CSocial and Professional Issues in Today’s Society303
HSV 195CHuman Service Practicum I1284
Total Credits19

1To 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.

Learning outcomes for this advanced certificate include critical thinking, complex reasoning, communication, being a team member, engaging in human interaction, applying content knowledge, plus lifelong learning, ongoing professional development, and personal growth. 

In addition, students are able to:

  • Describe the obligations required of the helping professional with respect to adhering to best practices behavioral, ethical, and legal standards of conduct and confidentiality.
  • Establish therapeutic relationships and boundaries with diverse clients.
  • Demonstrate basic, entry-level interviewing, counseling, and other skills needed to therapeutically interact with clients.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of accepted principles of client documentation and record management.

Students gain knowledge of human service delivery systems, case management techniques, ethics, and group facilitation skills. Learned communication skills include conflict resolution and the appropriate interpersonal and social skills to use in interactions with diverse populations using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion.

Graduates can also:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of and the ability to practice and to engage in the competent respectful, non-judgmental, supportive, and professional relationships required of the human service professional in their interactions with individuals in various situations: academically, one-on-one, groups, as team members, and at a practicum site with clients and staff.
  • Understand the facts, concepts, theories, and principles taught and learned in program courses and how each informs the knowledge, skills, attitudes, capabilities, interest in life-long learning, professional development, and socially conscious behavior required of the competent, ethical, and multi-culturally aware human service professional.
  • Identify, analyze, evaluate, and select the appropriate strategies, methods, and tools required for effective communication (verbally, non-verbally, in writing, on computers and electronic devices) with individuals in a variety of human service professional contexts and settings.
  • Actively listen, process information, ask questions, seek answers, integrate knowledge, search for meaning, and develop ideas and concepts that result in relevant and consequential action.
  • Understand the importance of developing healthy practices of self-care, self-reflection, increased self-awareness, and personal responsibility, all of which are critical to being a best-practices helping professional and a productive member of society.
  • In addition to the above, graduates will be able to:
    • Describe the obligations required of the helping professional with respect to adhering to best practices behavioral, ethical, and legal standards of conduct and confidentiality.
    • Establish therapeutic relationships and boundaries with diverse clients.
    • Demonstrate basic, entry-level interviewing, counseling, and other skills needed to therapeutically interact with clients.
    • Demonstrate knowledge of accepted principles of client documentation and record management.

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Students are provided a strong foundation for employment and participation in the rapidly changing workplace of the helping professional. Individuals already employed in entry-level helping professional positions will find this certificate useful to upgrade their existing knowledge base and advance in their careers.

Community-based organizations and agencies where students can seek employment include human services, mental health, gerontology, SUD Tx, social services, child and family services, crisis services, assistance programs, and senior centers.

Students who complete this program can enter into the following professions: case manager, direct support worker, mental health worker, veterans’ services worker, recovery support worker, behavioral management aid, group home worker, residential counselor, and social worker assistant.

 

Candidates are required to have a personal interview with the department chair of Human Services.

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