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Community Support Human Services Practitioner Certificate

Program Overview

If you have a strong desire to help people, are sensitive to other people’s problems, and would like to work to help them address problems in living, a career as a Community Support Human Service Practitioner could be for you. As a Community Support Human Service Practitioner, you will be working directly with individuals with emotional disability, mental illness, developmental disability, and/or substance abuse issues.

The Certificate in Community Support Human Service Practitioner at NECC will prepare you with the skills you will need to provide direct client services in residential or community based programs. You will learn about a variety of problems such as homelessness, child abuse and neglect, substance abuse, and domestic violence. The certificate integrates the National Community Support Skill Standards into the curriculum and is approved by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.

Career Opportunities

Social and Human Services Assistants are listed among the fastest growing occupations. The completion of this certificate will allow you to pursue many career paths. You might work in shelters for the homeless, domestic violence programs, community residences, adolescent programs, independent living programs, vocational programs, or home support services. You may also choose to directly transfer the credits earned in this certificate toward NECC’s Associate Degree in Human Services.

Additional Opportunities

As a student in this program, you will participate in practicums (supervised clinical experiences) where you will provide direct support services to individuals using interpersonal communication, interviewing, observation, problem solving, case management, and documentation skills in accordance with the human service philosophy. Practicum experiences allow you to experience the human services profession firsthand, and give you the opportunity to grow as a person and a professional.

Getting Started

Ready to get started? It’s easy! Northern Essex has an open admissions policy, which means that if you have a high school diploma or GED you are eligible to enroll at NECC. Just fill out an application, attend an orientation/assessment session, and then register for classes.

Print the Community Support Human Services Practitioner Certificate Program Sheet (PDF)

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