Direct Support Professional
Direct Support Professional 1 Microcredential

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Advance your career as a Direct Support Professional with our microcredential designed to empower those already in the field. Ideal for employed professionals seeking NADSP Level I certification, this comprehensive program comprises two illuminating 3-credit Human Services courses. Delve into the heart of the industry with a comprehensive understanding of ethical decision-making, policy dynamics, and legal considerations. Enhance your professional journey with a unique portfolio workshop, where you’ll hone your professional writing and reflection skills to present a sophisticated portfolio that showcases your DSP Level I proficiency. Propel your expertise to new heights and chart a confident course toward advanced certification. student in the classroom

NYS Part Time Tuition Assistance

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MVCC Microcredentials

Gain these in-demand skills

  • Ethical decision-making
  • Policy understanding
  • Legal considerations
  • Professional writing and reflection
  • Communication techniques
  • Theoretical systems for understanding human behavior
  • Professional ethics and standards
  • Self-awareness
  • New York State Mandated Reporter Certification
  • Ethical considerations in social services
  • Policy considerations in human services
  • Legislation understanding
  • Economic security awareness
  • Professional portfolio creation

Course List

Introduction to Human Services HS101 3 cr.

This course provides an exploration of the broad field of human services, introduces theoretical systems for understanding human behavior, and examines professional ethics and standards. Communication techniques and procedures are stressed. A continual theme throughout is the need for self-awareness. Students complete New York State certification as a mandated reporter.

Ethics, Policy, and Law HS231 3 cr.

This course introduces the field of social services with emphasis on ethical and policy considerations faced by human service practitioners, chemical dependency counselors, and educators. Ethical decision-making, professional competence, self-disclosure, confidentiality, and related topics are covered as they apply to working in counseling and educational settings. It examines legislation affecting the role of the practitioner and the economic security of the client.