Trinity Western University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Human Services

Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology

Dr. Chuck Macknee, Chair
Dr. Michael Wilkinson, Coordinator, Human Services

The Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology offers a Certificate in Human Services (30 sem. hrs.) embedded within the B.A. Psychology, B.A. Sociology, or B.A. Social Sciences programs. Human Services students must fulfil the requirements for the major in one of these degree programs (see the respective program checklists.)

For students who have already fully completed a university degree, a post-degree Certificate in Human Services (30 sem. hrs) is available.

The Human Services Certificate program is a set of courses in Psychology and Sociology with an applied focus. The program introduces students to the helping professions and not only equips students to help others, but allows vocational discernment within the helping professions. A Human Services professional is educated and trained to work with individuals and communities experiencing emotional, cognitive, or social problems. Human Services professionals find entry level positions as psychological aides, social work assistants, case workers, youth workers, and community workers; in fields including mental health, wellness, and substance abuse treatment; and in settings such as faith-based social services, group homes, and government agencies.

This program both requires and enhances a student’s empathy for people, communication skills, interpersonal skills, insight into personal strengths and weaknesses, commitment to Human Services as a vocation, and analytical skills. SOCI 201 should be taken prior to completed practica. Practicum settings may include such areas as services to children, to the aged, to people who have challenges (emotionally, physically, academically, etc.), and to individuals in corrective custody.

The Human Services Certificate program at Trinity Western University is recognized by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). CSHSE is an accrediting body in the USA “committed to improving the quality, consistency, and relevance of human service education programs.”

Program Checklists and Requirements:

Major in Psychology with Human Services Certificate, B.A. degree;

Major in Sociology with Human Services Certificate;

Major in Social Sciences with Human Services Certificate;

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