Human Services is a vast profession that describes many types of occupations. The common thread is service to individuals and to society. If you’ve an interest in helping others, then the Advanced Human Service Certificate is your stepping stone to a career and further education.
One you complete the (basic) Human Service Certificate consider the Advanced Certificate. It’s your Next Step to career advancement. You can complete this 6-course, 19-credit Certificate in one year, two semesters. It provides you the opportunity to further explore and build upon the foundational education you acquired in the (basic) Certificate.
In addition, you will get a real sense of the direction you will want to take in your career or your pursuit of a more advanced credential/degree. As you move through the various courses in this Certificate, you will focus your coursework on your academic and career interests in human services, mental health, gerontology, substance abuse disorder treatment, and/or the specific sector of the Helping Professions which interest you.
This Advanced Certificate also includes an Internship where you will practically apply the knowledge you’ve learned in the classroom. Your semester-length, minimum 125-hour, supervised Internship involves approximately 8-10 hours per week for 15 weeks at a Site of your choosing, a Site that may lead to employment. Employers are enthusiastic about our students because of the education they receive which is needed to interact with clients, patients, and site personnel at various human service agencies, organizations, and settings.
Because this Certificate combines classroom learning with actual field experience, you will gain the basic Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) to prepare you to ethically and competently fulfill the duties and responsibilities required for employment as a Helping Professional. This education includes an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve.
Learning Outcomes 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. Interwoven through these KSA’s is an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations with whom helping professionals interact.
In addition to the above, you 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.
Students will gain knowledge of human service delivery systems, case management techniques, ethics, and group facilitation skills. Communication skills learned will include conflict resolution and the appropriate interpersonal and social skills to utilize in interactions with diverse populations using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion. Students are provided a strong foundation for a lifetime of engaged 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 as a means to upgrade their existing knowledge base in order to advance in their careers.
Potential non-profit and for-profit community-based organizations and agencies where students seek employments include: human services, mental health, gerontology, substance use disorder treatment, social services, child and family services, crisis services, assistance programs, and senior centers. Potential job titles include: 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.
All courses taught by instructors with practical experience as Helping Professionals. And, NHTI’s ﬂexible scheduling allows for learning on your terms. Year-round day, evening, 8-week and online classes help get you there. Some courses are even offered over the Summer Semester.
This program is financial aid eligible.
And to enhance your employability after completing this certificate, you have the option of matriculating in the Human Service Associate Degree which includes a second supervised, real-world Internship experience.