Human Services Generalist, Certificate


The mission of the Social and Human Services Program is to provide the highest quality education to future and current Human Service Professionals with a learning environment that supports the development of culturally competent, compassionate, and accountable professionals. The Program prepares graduates who are dedicated to the autonomy, dignity, and diversity of the people they serve.

The Human Services Generalist College Credit Certificate (CCC) is a shorter program of study that consists of select courses from the Social and Human Services Associate in Science Program, Human Services Generalist Track. The CCC is designed to prepare students for work with diverse populations in a variety of human services environments, to provide a foundation for AA students who wish to pursue a higher degree in a related field, or to provide supplemental training for persons previously or currently employed in the field of human services.

After successful completion of the Human Services Generalist CCC, the student will be able to perform the following:

  1. Understand the importance of legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities.
  2. Understand the risk factors that lead to human services intervention.
  3. Examine the theories utilized in human services.
  4. Display an understanding of treatment knowledge.
  5. Demonstrate competencies of practice using various interventions.

Program Highlights

All courses in the Program are available fully online (no classroom attendance) or offered in a blended format (occasional classroom attendance). The Social and Human Services Program is an open enrollment program; upon admittance to the college, no additional application is required. The Human Services Generalist, CCC can be completed in 3 semesters of part-time attendance if students begin in the Fall Semester. All courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.

The Social and Human Services Program is always looking for ways to enhance the students learning experience. To provided the students with hands-on learning, Chip, an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog, recently joined the Social and Human Services team. Chip will be assisting with teaching courses and can be seen around campus participating in student support services.

Chip Animal Assisted Therapy Dog


Animal Assisted Therapy Dog

Co-Instructor for HUS 1001 sec 10F Introduction to Human Services

Program Distinctions

The Social and Human Services Program is a member of the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) and supports the work of the Council in setting national standards for human service education. The Social and Human Services Program is also a Florida Certification Board approved provider. Students who complete the Human Services Generalist College Credit Certificate (CCC) may meet the training requirements for one or more of the following certifications with the Florida Certification Board or the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC). Click here to see how our Program meets the training requirements of the Florida Certification Board (PDF). Our program meets the training requirements for certification only. The Florida Certification Board has additional requirements that must be met for full certification. Click on the following links for more information:

NOTE: HUS 2200 Dynamics of Groups and Group Counseling includes 8 hours of Whole Health FCB-approved program equivalence training. Students who hold a baccalaureate degree or higher may obtain academic training in the Social and Human Services Program to earn additional certifications such as the Certified Addiction Professional (CAP). Contact the Florida Certification Board for more information.

Add this Certification to Your AA Degree

Students pursuing an AA degree can use their electives to earn the Human Services Generalist Certificate. Adding this Certificate may give students who wish to pursue a Bachelor’s degree a competitive edge in applying to Bachelor’s degree programs in related fields (such as Social Work, Behavioral Healthcare, Child and Youth Studies, or Psychology). These students will have a solid foundation for future studies and will graduate from FSW with the training required to immediately begin working in the field of Social and Human Services.

Students interested in adding the Human Services Generalist Certificate to their AA studies and/or pursuing a Bachelor’s degree after graduation should consult with the Program's Student Success Advisor very early to avoid taking excess credit hours and to assist with transfer to other institutions. There are particular courses that are required for the bachelor's degree. These courses are outlined in the State Common Prerequisites Manuals. Additionally, the Social and Human Services Program has established articulation agreements and 2+2 Pathways to Success that allow students to transfer directly into Bachelor’s degree programs in related fields. Contact the Student Success Advisor for more details.

Program Contact Information

Cristy Clark, Ed.S., LMHC Program Director, Social and Human Services Email: Phone (239) 432-7391

Faculty Information

Adjunct Faculty

  • Elizabeth Badillo, MSW, LCSW, RPT-S
  • Dana Buonanducci, MS, LMHC, NCC
  • Janetta Mullins, MS, Registered Intern
  • Elena M Engle, MA, LMHC, EMDRIA
  • Karly Philips, MSW, LCSW