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How families and children fare has an impact on many societal systems, including schools, the economy, health, welfare, and criminal justice systems. The Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services is designed for individuals who want to pursue a position or potential promotion in the field of human services. Consider this program if you have a goal of making a difference in the lives of others, including children and families. The degree program could help you make a difference in a child or family’s life which in turn will contribute to the greater good of society.
Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate program may be transferable to certain Kaplan University degree programs.
The curriculum will introduce you to child and family services and provide basic skills and general knowledge.
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Courses in the human services certificate program focus on the knowledge and skills that can help you secure your first position* or assist with a potential promotion. Below are some courses to help you prepare for the human services field:
HN 205: Applied Skills for Human Services—Students will gain an understanding of the basic interviewing skills and documentation techniques required of a human service worker. Students will learn how to respond to a variety of situations involving clients with different needs and backgrounds, ask probing questions to elicit the required information, and document the client's needs correctly, considering confidentiality, legal, and ethical implications.
HN 220: Prevention and Crisis Intervention—Students will learn appropriate and ethical prevention and intervention strategies. Using case studies and scenarios, students will identify risk factors that contribute to crisis situations and distinguish between intervention and prevention strategies.
HN 330: Case Management in Human Services—Through the use of case studies, students will assess client needs and determine the types of data necessary to ensure the ethical delivery of services. Students will practice essential interviewing skills and explore best practices in recording data from these interviews.
HN 370: Child and Family Welfare—This course will assist students who will be working with children and their families in a human services setting. Students will examine how the family functions as a system and they will use this information to develop proper communication techniques and intervention skills for working with children and families. Students will design a list of resources and materials that will assist human service workers that choose to work with this population.
HN 365: Studies in Child and Adolescent Development—This course explores the various aspects of child and adolescent development, including the psychological, social, emotional, cognitive, and biological changes specific to these age groups. Students will identify milestones of development, typical and atypical behavior, and the interrelationship between the person, family, and community. Using real-world scenarios, students will design ethical interventions based on the theoretical understanding of this population.
The human services certificate program could help graduates who wish to enter or advance in the child and family welfare field.* Career opportunities include working as a social and human services assistant in a variety of organizations including, state, government, nonprofit, or private sector organizations.
Human services assistants, advocates, caseworkers, family support workers, or human services program specialists help provide client services with family support, identifying and obtaining benefits, social and community service programs, or assisting social workers resolve or prevent problems related to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.
Kaplan University offers multiple start dates, giving you greater flexibility with your education, life, and work schedules. Certain start dates may not be available at all ground locations; speak with an advisor for additional information.
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Apr 19, 2017
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May 17, 2017
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Jun 07, 2017
Building on your existing writing strengths will help develop a foundation for a successful education and career. You will learn strategies to express yourself with confidence and communicate your ideas effectively in personal, academic, and professional situations.
Total Program Credits: 43
The course introduces students to the human services field and the Kaplan University human services degree programs. The field of study, skill sets, and the various human service agencies and diverse populations encountered in the field will be discussed. Students will research the human services degree and course offerings along with their professional and personal goals in order to map out their specific degree plan and career goals.
Students will gain an understanding of the basic interviewing skills and documentation techniques required of a human service worker. Students will learn how to respond to a variety of situations involving clients with different needs and backgrounds, ask probing questions to elicit the required information, and document the client’s needs correctly, considering confidentiality, legal, and ethical implications. The course also addresses a number of other issues critical in human services such as problem solving, avoiding self-disclosure, and cultural sensitivity in verbal and nonverbal communications.
You will learn appropriate and ethical prevention and intervention strategies. Using case studies and scenarios, you will identify risk factors that contribute to crises and distinguish between intervention and prevention strategies. Particular attention is given to crises involving youth and families in a variety of settings.
An understanding of the dynamics of human societies and group behavior is useful for any work environment or professional career. This course is an introduction to the basic concepts of the discipline of sociology. Students will explore society and social life through the study of language, culture, race and ethnicity, gender, inequality, education, deviance, and sociological theory and methods. Students are also encouraged, through course assignments and discussions, to examine the influences of society on their personal lives.
Any college composition course
This course provides an overview of the issues and conditions that result in the need for human services. You will analyze historical and current events impacting the human services profession. In addition, you will explore the various systems impacting the profession and techniques to effect social change.
This course will assist students who will be
working with children and their families in a human services
setting. Students will examine how the family functions as a
system and they will use this information to develop proper
communication techniques and intervention skills for working with
children and families. Students will design a list of resources
and materials that will assist human service workers that choose
to work with this population.
This course explores the various aspects of
child and adolescent development, including the psychological,
social, emotional, cognitive, and biological changes specific to
these age groups. Students will identify milestones of
development, typical and atypical behavior, and the
interrelationship between the person, family, and community.
Using real-world scenarios, students will design ethical
interventions based on the theoretical understanding of this
The 25% tuition reduction applies only to international students living outside of the United States. This discount does not apply to military students. Please check with your advisor to see if you are eligible.
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