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 Human Service Certificate is your stepping stone to a career and further education.
You can complete this 6-course, 19-credit certificate in one year, two semesters. Your education will provide you the entry level Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) to ensure you are prepared to ethically and competently fulfill the duties and responsibilities required for entry-level employment in various sectors of the Helping Professions.Some courses are even available over the summer semester.
You 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. You will be 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.
Upon Certificate completion, you will acquire a broad understanding of Human/Social/Community Service,an interdisciplinary knowledgebase, and the skills required to be a Best Practices Helping Professional (Critical Thinking, Complex Reasoning, Communication, Being a Team Member, Engaging in Human Interaction, Applying Content Knowledge, Lifelong Learning, Ongoing Professional Development and Personal Growth).
In addition, this Certificate will provide you provide you with the following Essential Employability Qualities (EEQ’s) and attributes intended to prepare you to make important contributions to your place of work.
- thinkers and problem solvers
- principled and ethical
- responsible and professional
These 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.
The Human Service Certificate provides entry level Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s) to ensure graduates are prepared to ethically and competently fulfill the duties and responsibilities required for entry-level employment in various sectors of the Helping Professions. This education includes an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve.
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.
And to enhance your employability after completing this certificate, you have the option of matriculating in the Advanced Human Service Certificate or the Human Service Associate Degree. Both include supervised, real-world Internship experiences.
This program is financial aid eligible.