Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services
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.
Human Services Certificate in Child and Family Services Program Highlights
The curriculum will introduce you to child and family services and provide basic skills and general knowledge.
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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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?
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.
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- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Any college composition course
- HN 300: HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIAL POLICY Change
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- CM 107: COLLEGE COMPOSITION I Change
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