The Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health Certificate provides the academic foundation and hands-on field placement training for students to successfully embark on a career working with children, adolescents and their families in treatment settings such as schools, community agencies, residential programs, hospitals and family homes.
The program helps students develop the necessary knowledge, attitude and skills to establish professional therapeutic relationships, identify treatment goals and intervention strategies, engage in conflict resolution and problem solving management techniques, and work collaboratively with other professionals in the human service field. The program emphasizes prevention, intervention and treatment strategies to facilitate positive change in children, adolescents and their families.
Working with children, adolescents and their families can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. There is a high demand for human service practitioners in agencies that serve children, adolescents and their families. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that human service careers are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States.
Students interested in participating in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly, or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship, or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider, may be required to undergo criminal background checks, including a national as well as local check (i.e. Massachusetts Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Record Information (SORI)). Depending on the contents of these criminal background check(s), a student's participation in an academic program that involves working with children, the disabled, or the elderly or which includes a clinical affiliation, internship or field placement with a private or public healthcare provider may not be allowed, and therefore may impact a student's ability to complete program requirements. Furthermore, please note that eligibility to participate in the program and/or clinical affiliation, internship or field placement as a result of screening requirements, such as criminal background checks, is not a guarantee of eligibility to sit for professional credentialing examination(s) or employment upon graduation.
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