Human Services Leadership — Youth, Family, and Community Engagement Proficiency Certificate


The Human Services Leadership — Youth, Family, Community Engagement Proficiency Certificate will provide students with a coherent framework of understanding that encompasses issues related to youth development, addiction and recovery, trauma-related experiences, resilience and transformation, leadership styles, and conflict resolution in the human service field. This certificate prepares students to work within facilities and organizations within their communities, such as faith-based ministries, recovery centers, community and recreation facilities, youth-oriented programs, and programs geared toward substance use and misuse, prevention, and intervention. This certificate will also provide continuing education credits (CEUs) for professionals, such as social workers, nurses, psychologists, and other human service workers interested the field of addiction and recovery leadership, as well as youth work. The certificate is also a pathway for student cohorts who are participants in the Office of Collegiate Recovery. When completed, courses in the certificate may be applied to the BHHS Associate in Applied Science degree.

Program Learning Outcomes:

At the completion of the Human Services Leadership – Youth, Family, and Community Engagement Proficiency Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Describe the pharmacology of various addictive substances and explain the psychological consequences and the sociological conditions that are both the cause and the result of substance abuse
  • Describe the various theories addressing the causes and stages of conflict and analyze the various ways to resolve conflicts in specific settings
  • Describe how the inter-relationship of the social determinants of health and trauma-related events and experiences impact families, communities, and positive youth development
  • Discuss the theory behind various methods of engaging and strengthening family and community resources, including faith-based healing practices, and how to apply them 
  • Explain the community empowerment models of recovery, resilience, and transformation

Program Entry Requirements:

The Human Services Leadership – Youth, Family, and Community Engagement Proficiency Certificate is open to all interested students. Students are required to satisfy placement at the time of admission. Students who are identified as needing developmental course work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate English courses as part of the Certificate. 

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:

Successful completion of the program requires a grade of "C" or better in each of the courses listed. 

Course Sequence:

Course Number and Name Prerequisites Credits
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies   3 credits
BHHS 131 - Faith and Spirituality in Human Services    3 credits
BHHS 151 - Family Violence, Abuse and Trauma   3 credits
BHHS 191 - Introduction to Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care   3 credits
BHHS 110 - Principles and Practice of Positive Youth Development: Community, Family and Youth Engagement   3 credits
LEAD 120 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution Theory and Practice   3 credits

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate:


General Education Requirements:

All general education requirements necessary for graduation are met through the courses in the program as indicated above. Students who wish to take courses that differ from the general education courses indicated above must complete a course substitution request form. To access the form, login to the MyCCP portal, and in the Student tab, under Electronic Forms, click on the Records and Registration Forms link, then choose Request For Course Substitution Of Graduation Requirement link. A more detailed explanation of the College's general education requirements is also available.

For More Information, Contact:

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