Human Services

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2020 Domestic | International
Saint JohnSeptember 2020 Domestic | International
Fredericton September 2020 Domestic | International
MonctonSeptember 2020 Domestic | International
St. AndrewsSeptember 2020 Domestic | International
WoodstockSeptember 2020 Domestic | International

Program Overview

Human Services workers specialize in community enrichment. They work in diverse settings to improve the success, safety, and health of people with a variety of challenges. You’ll learn about human development, communications, social roles, lifestyle planning, psychology, family support, and program planning. Rewarding work awaits human services workers.


The requirements for this certificate program may be achieved within one academic year of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway College Entry High School Diploma

    (NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies)

    Career Possibilities

    Graduates may be employed with family services, family support centers, early intervention programs, mental health centers, developmental preschool, residential services, vocational employment and programs, and public schools. Graduates may find a position in government, non-profit and private agencies, and your work setting could include offices, clinics and hospitals, day treatment programs, group homes, shelters and client's homes. Your job title could be supported employment counsellor, residential support worker, educational assistant, youth counsellor or family support worker.

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    Specific Considerations

    Host agencies require students to provide a current criminal record check and vulnerable sector check from a recognized police service in order to be considered for an applied workplace experience. Individuals who have been convicted criminally and not pardoned are usually prohibited from proceeding to a work placement. Additionally, most practicum hosts require you to complete a Social Development Record Check. This will be submitted by the host before the workplace practicum begins It is the student's responsibility to ensure that he or she is eligible to participate.

    Prior to the beginning of the applied workplace experience, host facilities may require the completion of an Immunization and Medical Form.

    As a condition of employment, some employers may require proof of valid CPR Level C Lifesaver certification.

    Program Courses

    Courses are subject to change.

    This course teaches students how to create documents that are organized, unified, and coherent.

    This course introduces students to human services as a profession and gives them the opportunity to explore their own personal values and life experiences in the context of social work and the broader society. Students review the theoretical perspectives on providing inclusive supports for citizens with disabilities and challenges and identify the role and responsibilities of a human services worker.


    Students write behavioural programs (focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems) that are appropriate for the individuals with whom they work and the situations in which they work.


    • CSSC1063E

    This course introduces the student to the classifications of behaviour and the various methods of gathering observational data and using that data to support the reasons for behaviour change.

    Time may be made available during the delivery of this course for students to "job shadow" professionals in the industry so that they can make the connection between theory and practice and use hands-on experience in a host site to help develop their perspective on programming.

    Students examine the diversity of human service work. They develop skills, strategies and techniques necessary to improve the quality of services delivered in the human service field.

    Students participate in practical activities to assist them in designing and assessing the strategies and activities they choose, to assist individuals.

    Health for Human Service Workers consists of an in-depth study of the factors that contribute to one's health. Students critically examine their own lifestyle in terms of wellness and learn about health issues affecting their potential client base. They also examine various health-related conditions in clients and share strategies with clients that promote, model and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

    Students are provided an overview of the modern family. They examine individuals with disabilities, mental illness, and conditions such as Autism that present stressors and challenges. Research and case studies are used as tools in identifying intervention models for enabling and empowering families.

    This course provides the learner with information and the opportunity to explore support measures for those with mental health issues.

    Participants are challenged to apply human relations and interpersonal communications theory to workplace-based and real life situations. They use a problem solving perspective in suggesting and carrying out appropriate communication strategies and techniques.

    This workshop introduces students to the process of finding employment. It explores the various strategies and resources available, and examines the role of social media.

    This course provides an introduction to the meaning of community service.  Students learn how community service can enhance a student’s educational experience, personal growth, employability, and civic responsibility. Students participate in one day of volunteering to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility and to help the New Brunswick Community College realize its vision of transforming lives and communities. 

    This course examines theories of child development, milestones throughout development, and factors that influence development from conception to age twelve.  Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in the physical, cognitive/language, and emotional/social domains.

    Building on the knowledge acquired in PSYC1034 - Growth and Development: Conception to Age Twelve, this course examines the developmental milestones and factors that influence development in individuals from adolescence through the remainder of the lifespan. Emphasis is placed on developmental sequences in the physical, cognitive, and emotional/social domains.


    • PSYC1034E

    Students are introduced to the major concepts and theoretical perspectives of the field of psychology. They explore such topics as history, research methods, sensation, perception, consciousness, memory, and intelligence using critical thinking and skeptical inquiry.

    This course reviews information about preventative self-care emphasizing prevention of back, joint, and muscle injuries.

    A safe and healthy workplace is the responsibility of the employer and the employee. This course introduces students to the importance of working safely and addresses how employers and employees can control the hazards and risks associated with the workplace. Students will also learn about the roles and responsibilities of key stakeholders including WorkSafeNB, the employer and the employee in ensuring workplaces are safe.

    NOC Codes

    4212 - Social and community service workers

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: St. Thomas University, Bachelor of Applied Arts in Gerontology
    Articulation Period:
    Information: Those graduates who have completed a supervised Gerontology placement may receive 30 credit hours toward the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Gerontology.

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