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Online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation

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  • Duration 9 months
  • Cost per Credit $410
  • Credit Hours 18

Program Benefits

  • Earn 18 credits that can be applied to a bachelor’s degree
  • Accelerated coursework
  • Study on your schedule
  • Gain career-ready skills without completing a full degree

Become an Advocate for the Vulnerable

Address the essential service and rehabilitation counseling needs in your community with the online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation from The American Women’s College of Bay Path University (TAWC). This nine-month program delivers the career-ready skills for a variety of direct-service positions, plus the academic credential to pursue further study in the field.

Take a Step Towards In-Demand Direct-Service Careers

The need for human services and rehabilitation counseling professionals is on the rise. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the field will grow 10% by 2031, creating more than 294,000 new jobs.1 With the online Human Services & Rehabilitation Certificate, you can become qualified for a variety of these new positions in just nine months.


6 Total Courses

3 Credits per Course

The online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation offers an accelerated curriculum that can be accessed entirely online. Through courses taught by industry experts, you’ll build the foundational skills to advance the independence, integration, and participation of individuals with rehabilitation counseling needs.

Note: Students must complete PSY 101 prior to enrolling in the program.

Courses Highlights

This course will explore the role and responsibilities of human service professionals working in a variety of settings while serving varying populations. The course will examine the history of human services, its professional standards and ethical standards, key models and intervention strategies, as well as the foundational knowledge and skills required to be successful in the field. This course will also explore the evolution of the field of human services; diversity, equity and cultural humility; and issues related to social justice and advocacy in all related systems impacting individuals, families, and larger communities.

This course will provide students with a basic understanding of mental health crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies, milieu management, and how to work and communicate effectively with individuals who may be presenting with impaired judgement or impulsive tendencies. Elements of self-awareness and self-care are embedded throughout this course, as well as components related to ethical considerations and trauma informed care. Students will also gain an understanding of larger systems issues and how to determine appropriate dispositions.

Prerequisite: PSY101 and PSY240

This course will consider the biological, psychological, environmental, social, and cultural factors that interact with ability issues. It will examine common disabilities that affect an individual’s function, explore social and political issues that impact service delivery, as well as review the history of disability care in the US. Considerations for working with individuals with disabilities will be explored, such as ethical guidelines, interpersonal skills, and accessibility. Through an increased awareness of intersectionality, students will gain a greater understanding of the socio-cultural factors and interdependent systems that impact individuals with disabilities.

This course explores the principles, practices, and issues in case management with an emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies. Students will review the history and evolution of case management as a delivery strategy used in human services and related fields such as social work, counseling, and healthcare. Models of case management and the phases of assessment will be explored in order to develop the skills to create strength-based assessments and service plans. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of planning, assessment of community resources, referral procedures, crisis intervention, and setting appropriate boundaries. Through the use of case studies, students will assess client needs and determine the types of data necessary to ensure the ethical delivery of services. Issues related to ethics, cultural humility, and advocacy in case management delivery will also be explored.

This course is designed to enhance student exposure and understanding of macro and clinical interventions available for youth and families, with a close examination of systems. Topics covered include theoretical underpinnings of our systems of care, safety planning, wraparound services, and in-home therapy. Students will investigate multi-levels of care, all while ‘imagining better’ and thinking creatively about what that might look like. This course will explore services and care through a diversity lens, aligning goals and ideals with race, equity, and inclusion. A special focus will be placed upon learning the development and execution of critical documents and written reports necessary for advocacy with young people. This course is designed to provide students with a solid platform on which they may continue to develop a rich and meaningful practice with youth and families.

(This course is graded Pass/Fail.) Students receive supervised training from practicing professionals normally during the final semester of the fourth year. Learning is achieved through observation and/or direct participation. Students are placed appropriately in settings that relate to their individual and educational career objectives. Sites may include public educational facilities, human services agencies, mental health clinics, and law enforcement and criminal justice agencies.

Prerequisite: A minimum GPA of 2.0, senior status, and approval of department chair. Open only to psychology majors

Why Earn Your Human Services & Rehabilitation Certificate Online?

The online Human Services & Rehabilitation Counseling Certificate serves as a fast-track to a variety of direct-service careers. Regardless of your academic background, this program offers the opportunity to build foundational skills for a new career without committing to a full degree program. You can access your courses from the time and place of your choice while still prioritizing your full-time professional and personal responsibilities.

This certificate can also be completed along with a bachelor’s degree to widen your options for careers after graduation. With an online certificate from TAWC, you can qualify for new professional opportunities and make a name for yourself in a field dedicated to helping the vulnerable in just nine months.

What You’ll Learn

When you complete the online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation, you will be able to:

Admissions Requirements

Application Deadline 01/11/24

Start Date 01/21/24

Applicants will need the following to apply:

A completed application
Official transcripts from your high school or all regionally accredited institutions you have attended

Tuition Details

$410 cost per credit

$7,380 total tuition

Learning with TAWC is an investment in your future, which is why all of our certificate programs are eligible for financial aid. During the application process, a tuition planner can help you explore all available options for funding your studies.

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The online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation provides a fast track to gaining the foundational skills required for employment in a variety of direct-service roles. In just nine months, you can obtain the academic credential to pursue the career you want in the field of human services and rehabilitation.

Our application deadlines are on a rolling basis, please visit the Admissions page for start dates and their deadlines.

You’ll complete 18 credits to earn the online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation. You can review courses now.

You’ll complete six courses to earn the online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation. Courses include Introduction to Human Services, Crisis Intervention for Community and Mental Health Settings, Understanding the Ability in Disability, Principles of Case Management, and Systems of Care for Children and Families. For additional curriculum details, visit the program page.

Those who hold an online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation often pursue career titles such as community liaison, community outreach coordinator and personal care aide. According to, these positions offer annual salaries that range from $29,261 to $59,887. Learn more about your career options here.

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