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Certificate in Family Services

Certificate in Family Services

Total Credit Hours: 30-32

About Certificate in Family Services

The Certificate in Family Services program is designed to provide entry level training for paraprofessionals providing human services to families.  Emphasis is placed on developing competencies for the effective delivery of human services.

Course requirements may identify prerequisites that must be completed with a passing grade. Prerequisite course credits are not counted as credits earned towards the program unless they are certificate core course requirements. Prerequisites are identified in the course description section of this catalog and below with a + sign next to each course with a prerequisite.

Major Requirements
Course Course Name Credits
EN110 Freshman Composition 3
PY120 General Psychology 3
SO130 Introduction to Sociology 3
HM110 Introduction to Community Services 3
FA192 Family Services Practicum 3
HM201 Social Welfare:  A World View 3
Choose 1 course from the following
ED220 Human Growth and Development 3
CD221 Child Growth and Development
Choose 3 Courses from the following
ASL100 American Sign Language I 4
ASL110 American Sign Language II 4
CD260 Social & Emotional Development 3
CJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ101 Juvenile Justice Process 3
CJ104 Dynamics of Substance Abuse 3
CS151 Windows Applications 3
ED231 Introduction to Exceptionalities 3
EN125 Introduction to Human Communication and Speech 3
HL202 Nutrition 3
HU120 Pacific Cultures 3
OA101 Keyboarding Applications 3
  Certificate Total 30-32
2019 - 2020 College Catalog

General Requirements for Certificates

Effective fall Semester 2003, several academic policy changes were implemented to ensure that students are adequately prepared to meet business and industry standards. All Undeclared or newly Declared Students enrolled in regularly scheduled postsecondary courses must be enrolled in or must have completed developmental coursework for Math and English or have successfully placed into post-secondary Math and English (or equivalent).

Students must fulfill the English general education requirement by the time they have enrolled in 12 credits of classes. This means that students may take only nine (9) credits before they must begin meeting the general education requirements. All declared students in Certificate programs will be required to successfully complete minimum general education course requirements. For more information, refer to the Admissions Information, General Education Policy section of this catalog.

A. General Education Requirements

Students must demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, understanding and speaking English as indicated by one of the following:
Test out of the English Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of EN096 or EN097 courses
Test out of the Math Placement Test (or equivalent), or
Satisfactory completion of MA098 course

*Students in the Certificate of Construction Technology program can successfully complete their math requirements with MA094 Mathematics for the Trades in lieu of MA098 Intermediate Algebra.

B. Major Requirements

Total Major Requirements vary by program.

Minimum Total Credits Required for a Certificate is 30 credits.

* No course may be counted for both Major and General Education requirements.
** Placement testing is not mandatory for admission to the College. Completion of placement testing of equivalent, however, is required for enrollment into English and mathematics courses. Therefore, students who plan to enroll full-time in a program should take the placement test to be eligible for a full load of courses.

2019 - 2020 College Catalog

Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Family Services program, students will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate effective communication skills with clients and co-workers.
  2. Demonstrate appropriate competency needed in the effective delivery of human services.
  3. Demonstrate professionalism and ethical conduct within the field.

CJ104 Dynamics of Substance Abuse

This course is designed to introduce students to the problems of substance abuse in our society. Students will examine the history of dangerous drug use, basic pharmacology and classification, the social impact of drug abuse, physical and psychological consequences of drug use and dependence, various treatment modalities, legal implications of illicit drug use, and current law enforcement efforts.

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CJ101 Juvenile Justice Process

This course is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the history, philosophy, and practical application of the American Juvenile Justice System. Students will examine the juvenile justice responsibilities of police, courts, and juvenile corrections with additional emphasis on current practices of Juvenile Justice agencies in Guam

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CD260 Social & Emotional Development

This course teaches skills needed to promote social and emotional development in young children and use positive guidance strategies to handle inappropriate behavior. Temperament, parenting styles, and child rearing issues such as feeding, potty training, and tantrums are a few of the topics covered. This course also provides students opportunities to plan and implement activities that promote children’s self-concept, emotional, social and pro-social development.

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Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting

The Certificate in Sign Language Interpreting is designed to train individuals to become Sign Language Interpreters and facilitators of communication for the Deaf. The program combines theoretical and practical learning experiences that will further develop the students’ linguistic knowledge and understanding of American Sign Language (ASL), as well as their awareness of Deaf culture

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Associate of Science in Office Technology

Upon completion, the student will be able to perform as an office manager completing a variety of office processes, maintenance, and management, including oral and written communication; formatting simple to complex business correspondence; formatting reports; tables and administrative documents; filing; operating computers and business machines; using computer software application programs; distributing mail; answering the telephone; and providing good customer service.

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Associate of Science in Human Services

The Associate of Science in Human Services program provides a multi-disciplinary, culturally diverse curriculum as the foundation for entry-level career pathway in the human services field. The program prepares students with the knowledge and skills required for employment at entry level para-professional positions in human services assisting social workers and other allied health professionals like counselors, psychologists, nurses and medical doctors.

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