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Certificate
Human Services
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The certificate of human services will help students learn the skills that pertain to helping people, such as conflict management, goal-setting, and active listening. Students will also learn how to help individuals and families cope effectively with stress.

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Essential Knowledge and Skills

Outcomes

  • Effectively communicate principles pertaining to helping individuals and families in distress.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how to conduct basic research in marriage and family studies.
  • Apply effective interpersonal skills pertaining to human service work.
Certificate of Human Services
Program Requirements
Certificates lead to associate and bachelor's degrees. For more information about which programs this certificate stacks into, visit the Programs List page.
This is an advanced certificate. If you are pursuing an Applied Health degree, you must first complete Community Health Planning & Implementation and Community Health Methods & Evaluation . If you are pursuing a Marriage & Family Studies degree, you must first complete Advanced Marriage and Family Functioning .
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Certificate
15 CREDITS
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Associate
60 CREDITS
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Bachelor's
120 CREDITS
Certificate of Human Services
Course Code
Course Name
# of Credits
FAML420
The Helping Relationship
3
FAML420 — 3 credits
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The Helping Relationship
This skill based course prepares students to effectively use interpersonal communication skills associated with helping individuals and families in a variety of settings. Role playing will be one of the primary learning methods. These skills are especially valuable for students planning to enter a human service profession, counseling/therapy, or planning to pursue graduate studies.
FAML360
Family Stress and Coping
3
FAML360 — 3 credits
x
Family Stress and Coping
This course involves a study of families under stress, including the many external and internal influences that play a role in determining a family’s experience of stress.  An ecological model will be used to understand potential risk factors that pose problems for families, along with protective factors that help families to be resilient. Focus will be maintained to learn ways to help families under stress.
FAML430
Family and Community Relationships
3
FAML430 — 3 credits
x
Family and Community Relationships
This course consists of ecological and gospel perspectives on providing family-focused prevention and intervention services and support to diverse families. Emphasis will be on communicating with families, empowering parents, developing family and professional partnerships, interagency collaboration, and accessing and linking families and community resources.
HS460
Drugs of Use and Abuse
3
HS460 — 3 credits
x
Drugs of Use and Abuse
This course is designed to give students the nature and effects of specific drugs from all major classes on human beings from the physiological, psychological, and sociological viewpoints.
SW463
Child Welfare Services
3
SW463 — 3 credits
x
Child Welfare Services
This course is planned and organized to acquaint students with the role of the generalist social work practitioner in the field of child welfare. An overview of public and private programs that provide services to children is provided. These services include counseling, adoptions, foster care, residential care, school-based services, home-based services, court services, and daycare services. Also addressed are social problems that impact children, particularly those who are disadvantaged because of disability, racism, sexism and poverty.
For questions about this program, contact BYU-Pathway Support
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Looking Ahead
Potential Employment
When seeking employment in the field of family studies and human services, these search terms may be helpful:

  • Human services assistant
  • Juvenile services
  • Childcare worker/teacher
  • Social and human service assistant
  • Psychiatric technician
  • Personal care aide
  • Case aide

Or, search for jobs requiring the skills obtained in this certificate, such as communication, problem solving, leadership, conflict resolution, or customer service.

Degree Options

Customize your degree

BYU-Pathway degree programs (offered in partnership with and granted from BYU-Idaho) are made up of a series of certificates, general and religious education courses, and electives.

Use the following tool to view options for building a degree.
View descriptions for individual certificates and degrees .

Select a Degree Applied Business Management Applied Health Applied Technology Family History Research Marriage & Family Studies Professional Studies

  • Applied Business Management
  • Applied Health
  • Applied Technology
  • Family History Research
  • Marriage & Family Studies
  • Professional Studies

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      Associate Degree Associate of Applied Business Management Associate of Applied Technology Associate of Applied Health Associate of Family History Research Associate of Marriage & Family Studies Associate of Professional Studies

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        Bachelor's Degree Bachelor's of Applied Business Management Bachelor's of Applied Technology Bachelor's of Marriage & Family Studies Bachelor's of Applied Health Bachelor's of Professional Studies

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        Associate
        Bachelor's

        First Certificate Associate of Family History Research Associate of Applied Business Management Associate of Applied Technology Associate of Marriage & Family Studies Associate of Professional Studies Associate of Applied Health Bachelor's of Applied Business Management Bachelor's of Applied Technology Bachelor's of Marriage & Family Studies Bachelor's of Professional Studies Bachelor's of Applied Health

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        General Education & Elective Courses

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        General Education & Elective Courses

        Bachelor's of Professional Studies

        Students who complete an associate degree in family history research may continue on and earn a bachelor's degree in Professional Studies.