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Social Service SOCS.S.STC

Short-term Technical Certificate - 26 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Effective as of Fall 2022

What is the program about?

The Social Service Short-Term Certificate is designed to provide the tools needed for employees and volunteer leaders in human service agencies and nonprofit organizations, emphasizing communication skills, analysis of social problems, and an understanding of the social welfare system. Students will be introduced to careers in social work, mental health, and chemical dependency; and will be eligible for their Chemical Dependency Counseling Assistant (CDCA) Phase 1 upon completion.

Program Outcomes

  • Engage in policy practice to advance social responsibility and ethic of service.
  • Demonstrate professional ethics, attitudes, and behaviors when interacting with clients in practicum settings.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the Social Work profession including history, functions and roles, ethics, and history.
  • Demonstrate the ability to critically think and solve problems using guided discussion, research, and class participation.
  • Communicate effectively with groups and individuals in a variety of ways through writing skills, oral communication, listening, and information literacy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of cultural diversity locally and globally and difference in practice.

Career Opportunities

This certificate enhances careers in sociology, social work, education, government, health care, public safety, human services, nonprofit organizations and related fields.


21 of the 26 hours are embedded in the AA in Social Work. The AA in Social Work is transferrable to:

Wright State University Social Work
University of Cincinnati Online Social Work
University of Cincinnati Social Work
University of Dayton Food Sustainability, Human Rights, and Women and Gender Studies
Capital University Social Work


  • DEV 0035


CDCA Phase 1


Course Title Credits
SWK 1213 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
COM 2206 Interpersonal Communication 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SWK 2207 Anti-Oppressive Social Work 3
ENG 1101 English Composition I 3
MHT 1130 Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling CDCA Preliminary 3
SWK 1206 Introduction to Social Work 3
SOC 1115 Sociology of Marriage & Family 3
MHT 2138 Ethical Issues in the Helping Professions 2
- View the Master Syllabus - View the Course Schedule

Program Accreditation Information


This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.