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  • Human Services Practitioner (HSD)
    Program Description

    Career, Degree (AS)

    The Human Services Practitioner Program provides the academic work and field experience for successful careers in human services, as well as a strong foundation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities. This program is unique in that students may choose to specialize in either Mental Health or Gerontology. Students are encouraged to build upon their unique abilities to work collaboratively with individuals, families, and agencies. The program fosters the development of the skills necessary for practitioners in human services through active learning strategies, clinical field placements, community research projects, and case studies. Upon graduation students are qualified for entry level positions such as mental health counselor, residential case manager, outreach worker, gerontology assistant, crisis intervention worker, life skills counselor, family advocate, and community organizer. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that human service careers are among the fastest growing occupations in the United States.

    The following certificates may be applied to the Human Services Practitioner Associate Degree Program: Mental Health Certificate, Gerontology Certificate, Gerontology Activities Specialist, Youth Worker Certificate, Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate, Family Development Credential.

    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.

    For more information, please contact us at (978) 762-4000 or bciarame@northshore.edu.

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