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Human Services Academic Certificate

The Human Services certificate program of study is primarily for persons in Human Service agencies who wish to expand their career options and for students expressing an interest in the field. Career options include social and human service assistants, community and social service specialists, personal and home care aides, counselor aides and mental health technicians. Students will be provided with courses that will help in their development of core academic skills in reading, writing, mathematics and computer literacy. They will also be provided with core helping skills by taking key courses in Behavioral Health and Human Services, in areas such as group dynamics and case management. Students will also do one practicum, which may be completed at their place of employment. Along with the core helping skills, students will be introduced to job-specific helping courses in fields of practice such as addictions, disabilities, gerontology or youth work. Students will also select either Child Abuse and Family Violence or Crisis Intervention to complete the certificate.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a basic set of helping skills (warmth, empathy, reflective listening) needed for entry-level employment in human service agencies.
  • Work as a culturally sensitive ethical practitioner.
  • Demonstrate a stronger sense of self resulting from personal growth experiences.
  • Use critical thinking and writing skills needed for working with clients.

Program Entry Requirements:
The program is open to interested students. New students are required to take College placement tests. Students identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English courses prior to program entry. Students requiring developmental mathematics courses must complete them in addition to the requirements of their certificate program.

Program Of Study And Graduation Requirements:
Graduation from this program is based on successful completion of the required 33 credits of course work with a grade of "C" or better in the core BHHS courses and a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0.

Human Services Academic Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits  

First Semester

BHHS 101 - Introduction to Behavioral Health and Human Services   3  
BHHS 111 - Introduction to Helping Skills BHHS 101, which may be taken concurrently 3  
BHHS 105 - Introduction to Group Dynamics   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3  
YW 101 - Foundations of Youth Work or
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies or
BHHS 171 - Introduction to Social Gerontology or
BHHS 161 - Introduction to Disabilities
  3  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology*   3  

Second Semester

BHHS 194 - Case Management Practice BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
BHHS 195 - Practicum in Behavioral Health/Human Services I BHHS 111 with a "C" grade or better 3  
ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3  
BHHS 151 - Family Violence, Abuse and Trauma or
BHHS 241 - Crisis Intervention
  3  
MATH 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3  

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 33

*Students with computer experience may apply for credit by exam through the Computer Technologies Department.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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