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Professional Human Services Work Certificate Program

Certificate -  Human Services Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017 and spring 2018. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Prospective students should go to bhcc.edu/admissions and contact an admissions counselor. Current students should stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230 or email academicadvising@bhcc.mass.edu from your BHCC email.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Intro to Human Services Profession w/ Field Practice HSV101 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Addiction HSV112 3 PSY101 and ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement.
Counseling PSY215 3 PSY101
Case Management in Human Services HSV218 3 PSY215 and ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement.
Abnormal Psychology PSY227 3 PSY101
Professional Ethics in Human Services HSV214 3 ENG111 and HSV101 and HSV112
Learning Community or Career Elective see note* 3
Total Credits 27
Last Modified Date: April 5, 2017

*Note: New degree-seeking students enrolled in 9 credits or more must take a Learning Community Seminar or a Learning Community Cluster within their first year.

Student may choose a learning community that best fits his/her interests. Due to the prerequisite requirements, it may not be possible to complete this certificate program in one year.

Career electives: AHE104, HSV215, HSV219 or PSY233.

Program Overview

This certificate prepares students for direct service jobs in human services providing the delivery of services to participants in human service organizations.

Criminal Offender Record Information and Sex Offender Registry Information Checks

As a prerequisite for a clinical placement in the Professional Human Services Work Certificate Program, all students must undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check. These checks are required due to potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, or the elderly during a clinical experience. Students found to have certain criminal convictions or pending criminal actions will be presumed ineligible for clinical placement. The College is authorized by the Commonwealth’s Department of Criminal Justice Information Services, pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 167-178B, to access CORI records. Sex Offender checks shall be performed pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 178C-178P.

For more information regarding the College’s CORI/SORI check process, please contact the College CORI/SORI Officer at 617-228-2193.

Career Outlook

Students completing the Professional Human Services Work Certificate Program qualify for generalist careers in social welfare, mental health, community development or other similar human service organizations in the community serving families and children, adolescents, elders or other specific populations in need of services through community programming.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  • Use assessment practices to respond to the needs of participants and enhance these individuals in leading a life that involves self-empowerment, assertiveness, and strong decision-making skills. 
  • Communicate effectively and establish collaborative relationships to allow planning, implementation of support services, and interventions with participants, agency supports, and other community resources. 
  • Demonstrate knowledge of supports available, while understanding the challenges facing participants, assist in gaining resources for aid, advocate by overcoming challenges and providing supports through community and educational resources. 
  • Demonstrate skill in handling crisis prevention, intervention and resolution techniques to solve problems and keep detailed documentation of the process and outcome of each situation.
  • Participate in the life of a human services agency, being familiar with the mission and “best” practices of human services organizations, demonstrating these skills in professional activities