Human Services/Pre-Social Work

Certificate in Disabilities/Mental Health

Want to specialize in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities?

Many individuals struggle with mental illness and or developmental disabilities. Often they are cared for in crisis centers, community residencies, sheltered workshops, halfway houses, social rehabilitation clubs and other agencies specifically designed to serve this population.

In the state of Connecticut 'deinstitutionalization' has given birth to a multitude of settings to provide mental and developmental health care.

This certificate program is designed for students who will work in any of the variety of mental health settings in both the mental illness and developmental disabilities fields.

You will train with professionals and acquire the skills and knowledge to work with and impact this population in a positive way.

Certificate Program Requirements and Outcomes

Course No. Title Credits
HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H133 Disabilities and Mental Health 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3

Contemporary Social Issues
Social Inequality
Elective Psychology 3
HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
PSY*H258 Behavior Modification 3
PSY*H245 Abnormal Psychology 3
HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I 3
  Total Credit Hours 30

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a beginning understanding of a wide range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of social work service, and be knowledgeable about the necessity of a collaborative relationship with
  • area support.
  • Identify the diverse challenges facing people with mental illness, and use effective advocacy strategies to address such challenges.
  • Describe confidentiality guidelines, and Human Services ethical standards of practice, and recognize his or her own personal limitations and professional behavior as a helper.
  • State the psychological theories that may help the Human Services Provider.
  • Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have on the developmental disabilities and how to deal with them.
  • Understand sociocultural dynamics that underlay social issues in America today.
  • Be knowledgeable about formal and informal assessment practices that reflect both the needs and strengths of disadvantaged people.
  • Provide disadvantaged people the support and information necessary to build self-esteem and empowerment skills.
  • Apply knowledge and skills needed to work with people with mental illness in a variety of agency settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination.

Program Coordinator
Kathleen A Leblanc
203-596-8616 (p)
Room: K617