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 Courses (24 Units)24
Computer Concepts
Intro to Personal Computers
Introduction to Economics
Principles of Microeconomics
Personal Finance
Group Design and Leadership
Drug and Alcohol Treatment
Intro to Social Welfare
Interviewing
Intro of Human Services
Required Work Experience (6 Units)6
Select six units of the following courses (no more than four units of any course):
Human Services Wrk Exp-1st Sem
Human Services Wrk Exp-2nd Sem
Human Services Wrk Exp-3rd Sem
Human Services Wrk Exp-4th Sem
Restricted Electives (6 Units)6
Select six units from the following courses:
Gerontology
Issues in Family Violence
Cultural Anthropology
Social Psychology
Human Sexuality
Abnormal Psychology
Personal and Social Growth
Marriage and Family Life
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.