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Family and Child Services Certificate
Today’s families look different than they did only a few decades ago. State and social policies have changed as well. If you’re interested in learning more about this area of human services, consider our Family and Child Services Certificate program. Aligning with criteria established by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, this eight-course program provides foundational knowledge about human services while offering a deeper examination into family violence, child abuse and neglect, intervention techniques and case management.
The undergraduate Certificate Program in Human Services Family and Child Services is comprised of 4 fundamental courses that provide a foundation for more specialized courses within this human services area, and an additional 4 courses focused on developing competence in professional skills such as case management, client intake and interviewing, and basic group and individual counseling techniques. Students will examine theories involving the interconnected and interdependent features of contemporary families in a range of social systems, and will demonstrate an understanding of assessment strategies, consequences and contributing factors of family violence across socio-economic strata and the full range of diverse populations experiencing family violence. Students will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of reporting requirements, treatment interventions, repressed memory controversy, working within the criminal justice system and the tenets of the Children's Justice Act addressing investigation, prosecution and judicial handling of abuse and neglect cases.\r
The Family and Child Services Certificate is a certificate program that provides a foundation and overview of theory and practice in the field of family and child services. This program does not prepare students for any type of professional certification or licensure as a counselor or mental health provider.
The requires a minimum of credits, which may come from a combination of required and elective courses.
Most certificate programs are credit-bearing, and many are eligible for federal financial aid for students who qualify. Please note that the A+ Fundamentals, CCNA and Network+ Technologies certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. The Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program (noncredit) is not credit bearing and not eligible for financial aid. Students completing the noncredit Application Delivery Networking Certificate Program will receive a letter of completion.
While widely available, not all courses are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats.