Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services

The wellbeing of families and children has an impact on many societal systems such as schools, the economy, health and welfare systems, and criminal justice. Kaplan University’s 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. The degree program could help you make a difference in a child or family’s life, which in turn will benefit your community.

Qualified credits earned in fulfillment of this certificate in human services may be transferable to certain Kaplan University degree programs.

Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services Program Highlights

The curriculum will introduce you to child and family services and provide students with the foundational skills and general knowledge to help them succeed in this field.

This program is designed to help you:

  • Examine developmental milestones of children and adolescents.
  • Recognize appropriate skills required of a human service professional.
  • Assess client needs to determine appropriate interventions and/or services.
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Higher Education at the Highest Standards

Kaplan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and committed to the highest standards. Our specific programs hold additional industry-relevant approvals and accreditations.

What Are the Career Opportunities?

Kaplan University’s Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services program could help graduates 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, and human services program specialists help provide client services with family support, identifying and obtaining benefits, social and community service programs, and assisting social workers resolve or prevent problems related to substance abuse, human relationships, rehabilitation, or dependent care.

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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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Curriculum: All Tracks

  • Certificate Requirements

    Total Certificate Requirements Credits: 43

    Total Program Credits: 43

    • CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HN 115: HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM AND PROFESSION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HN 205: APPLIED SKILLS FOR HUMAN SERVICES Change

      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. 

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HN 220: PREVENTION AND CRISIS INTERVENTION Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      HN 144

    • SS 144: SOCIOLOGY Change

      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.

      Credits:

      5

      Prerequisites Required:

      Any college composition course

    • HN 330: CASE MANAGEMENT IN HUMAN SERVICES Change

      Students will learn the importance of time management, how to prioritize and organize data, and the skills critical for working effectively with human services clients. 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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      None

    • HN 370: CHILD WELFARE AND FAMILY 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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      HN 144

    • HN 377: STUDIES IN CHILD AND ADOLESCENT DEVELOPMENT Change

      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.

      Credits:

      6

      Prerequisites Required:

      HN 144

Curriculum: Concentration

Can I Afford This?

Kaplan University is committed to helping you find more ways to save on college tuition. Our Tuition Cap, military reductions, and transfer and experiential learning credits are some of the ways we can help lower the cost of your tuition and help you graduate sooner.

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