To provide formalized education for both entry level workers and current workers who do not have college education. This certificate will qualify students to work in the field of Mental Health as Direct Support Professionals, Outreach Counselors or Educational Specialists. It will also qualify students to work as Relief staff on weekends or as Part Time Staff in various Human Service Programs. The one-year Certificate program leads directly into the two-year Human Servics Practitioner Associate Degree program.
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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