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5430 Human Services: Certificate

Students learn the basic knowledge and skills required to work with clients of social service agencies and organizations. Human service professionals work directly with clients and are accurate, reliable, responsible, and self-motivated. In addition, they work under well under pressure and possess excellent written and oral communication skills. This Certificate program is designed to facilitate transfer into either the Human Services AA degree program or the Social Services AA Transfer degree program. All interested students must take HUMS 100, Introduction to Human Services, as the first course in the curriculum. Prior to enrollment into all other Human Services courses, students must complete a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a State Police Criminal Record Check. If the student has any questions regarding this, he or she should contact the Division Dean. The complete program is available at the Harrisburg, Lancaster, and York campuses. Some of the required courses are available at the Gettysburg and Lebanon campuses.

Completion of a certificate allows the graduate to apply basic human services skills at the entry level. Opportunities exist in fields such as mental health, mental retardation, substance abuse, gerontology, women’s services and family services. Further education is required for higher positions within agencies.

This curriculum is designed to prepare students to:

  • Communicate effectively with clients and their families
  • Disarm anger and resolve conflicts
  • Establish rapport and an effective working relationship with clients and their families
  • Empathize with a client’s feelings
  • Discuss the ethics and laws applicable to the human service field
  • Assist with case management
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