Aug 11, 2020  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Supervision and Leadership in the Helping Professions Certificate

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Donna Rowe, 413.552.2029,


Direct support staff in the human services field are often promoted into supervisory and leadership positions with no direct experience or education to support their success in that role. The human service industry has recognized a need to provide appropriate education to individuals in supervisory and leadership roles in order to promote their success and the success of the staff they supervise. Human service supervisors work in a variety of settings, such as group homes, vocational programs, after school programs, nursing homes, shelters for the homeless, and correctional facilities. The populations served may include individuals with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, individuals with mental health issues, children and youth, the elderly, individuals with substance abuse issues, individuals who are homeless, and victims of domestic violence.

This 24-credit certificate is appropriate for staff in human service programs who have been promoted into supervisory positions and want to upgrade their skills and knowledge or for those individuals who aspire to move into a supervisory and leadership role.

The Certificate is designed to strengthen writing, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills by including readings, assignments, and discussion of the daily experiences, challenges, and concerns of front-line supervisors. The courses in the Certificate can be transferred into the Human Services, A.S.  Program.


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CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sexual Offender Registry Information) background checks may be required prior to field work and practicum placement and will be conducted by specific agencies in accordance with state regulations. CORI and SORI results are confidential.

Depending on course selection, 80% of this program can be completed online.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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