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Human Services Assistant―Certificate

The human services field focuses on improving the lives of others. Under the supervision of social workers, psychologists, sociologists and other professionals, human service providers work to ease and prevent problems caused by poverty, inadequate housing, unemployment and illness. These professionals work with people in family settings, group settings and as individuals, primarily providing counseling and life skill lessons.

Human service workers are caring professionals and sensitive to the needs of their clients. They often serve as problem solvers and resource guides to other community services. Good candidates must be patient and empathetic. Confidentiality, a strong sense of responsibility and effective time management skills are important traits in this profession. 

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to provide students the first educational step to a professional career in human services. The program offers course work and field experience related to the introductory principles of human behavior specific to the practice and techniques in human services. Graduates may find employment as a human service assistant, social service aide, case management aide or geriatric aide. All courses in this program transfer into the AS degree in human services at PHSC.

Length

This program can be completed in one year if students attend classes on a full-time basis.

Location

This program can be completed on the West Campus in New Port Richey. General education courses and some of the program courses can be completed on the East Campus in Dade City, North Campus in Brooksville, Spring Hill Campus and Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in Wesley Chapel.

Format

Courses and clinical components are part of the program curriculum. Students will gain experience with local community agencies.