Certificate of Achievement in Human Services (Social Work)

Division: Social Sciences

This certificate prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Human Services (Social Work). Students completing this certificate will acquire skills in critical thinking, case planning, crisis intervention, theory-based assessment, working knowledge of community resources and hands-on work experience in a human services agency in the community.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze a person or family in a case vignette and come up with the key issues that are impacting the case.
  • Identify any legal and ethical issues in providing services to a case vignette.
  • Discuss planned interventions to assist the person or family in a case vignette.
  • Use knowledge of community resources to “treat” issues in a case vignette.
  • Identify ways to manage the student’s own issues that result from providing services to a case vignette, such as supervision, consultation and setting limits.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be prepared for employment in the following fields: entry-level jobs in Health and Human Services and a variety of non-profit service organizations working in eligibility, case management, crisis, residential care and substance abuse treatment.

REQUIRED CERTIFICATE COURSES24
COMP 005Computer Concepts4
or COMP 130 Intro to Personal Computers
ECON 025Introduction to Economics3
or ECON 040 Principles of Microeconomics
or BUS 297 Personal Finance
HSRV 101Group Design and Leadership4
HSRV 102Drug and Alcohol Treatment3
HSRV 120Intro to Social Welfare3
HSRV 121Interviewing4
HSRV 122Intro of Human Services3
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REQUIRED WORK EXPERIENCE 6
Select six units of the following courses (no more than four units of any course):
WEXP 193 HHuman Services Wrk Exp-1st Sem1-4
WEXP 194 HHuman Services Wrk Exp-2nd Sem1-4
WEXP 195 HHuman Services Wrk Exp-3rd Sem1-4
WEXP 196 HHuman Services Wrk Exp-4th Sem1-4
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RESTRICTED ELECTIVES6
Select six units from the following courses:
ANTH 010Cultural Anthropology3
HSRV 103Gerontology3
HSRV 104Issues in Family Violence3
HSRV 105Case Management3
HSRV 110Ethics in Behavioral Science3
PSY 001General Psychology3
PSY 005Social Psychology3
PSY 010Human Sexuality3
PSY 034Abnormal Psychology3
PSY 133Personal and Social Growth3
SOC 026Marriage and Family Life3
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TOTAL36

The Certificate of Achievement requirements include completion of the certificate courses with a “C” or better grade in each course. Required and support courses may be substituted with the approval of the Social Sciences Division Chair.