Social Services Technician

The Social Services Technician (SST) Certificate prepares students for a wide variety of employment options within the social services profession. The SST Certificate provides understanding and experience with the methods, skills, and critical theories that support effective work.  In addition, students come away prepared to meet the professional standards and engage in the expected behaviors of persons licensed to work in a social services setting at the paraprofessional level. Completion of the certificate prepares participants to qualify and pursue registration as a Social Service Technician under the Michigan Bureau of Health Professions.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the SST certificate, students will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Apply critical thinking skills within the context of professional social work practice;

  2. Understand the value base of the profession's ethical standards and principles including practice without discrimination and with respect;

  3. Understand and interpret the history of the social work profession, contemporary structures and issues;

  4. Use theoretical frameworks supported by empirical evidence to understand individual development and behavior across the lifespan and within families, groups, organizations and communities;

  5. Use communication skills differentially within client populations, with colleagues and communities, and work collaboratively within the structure of organizations and service delivery systems.


Social Services Technician Certificate (18 - 22 credit hours)

Social Services Technician Core Requirements (12 credit hours)

EDC 240Psych of Child Development3
or EDC 302 Adol Devl & Classroom Mgmt
EDC 306Applied Behavior Analysis I3
CHE 201Medical Terminology3
or HHS 202 Mental Health Terminology
SWK 200Intro to Social Work3
or CHE 101 Intro to Health Education
Total Credit Hours12

Social Services Technician Specialty Courses (6 credit hours - Choose two course from the following) 

EDC 439Child Maltreatment and Trauma3
HHS 370Medicine and Addiction I3
SWK 3003
SWK 301Intro to Macro Social Work3
SWK 3023
SWK 3053
Total Credit Hours6

Additional Job-Ready Courses and Experiences (The following are optional choices that can assist students in preparing for professional SST employment; could include 1-4 credit hours.)

CHE 402Internship CHE3
PDED 418Topics in Education1-3
Crisis Prevention Institute Training (CPI)
Basic First Aid- Red Cross
CPR/AED Training
Mental Health First Aid
Bloodborne Pathogens Certification
Background Check and Fingerprinting
Total Credit Hours4-6