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Homeless Support Specialist

Professional Certificate for Homeless Support Specialist

Professional Certificate for Homeless Support Specialist

Online Program

At-a-Glance

9 months

$2,600

Online

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Homelessness has much stigma around it, but statistics tell us that the homeless population is including more young adults and the elderly. Human trafficking of both adults and children continues to be an issue, as does mental health and substance abuse. In order to decrease homelessness, professionals trained in understanding the approaches, methods of management, and other facets of homelessness are needed, especially from a human-centered viewpoint. Gain a comprehensive overview, including best practices, professionalism, ethics, cultural competency, and more.

Designed For

  • Those who work with the homeless population
  • Those who work for nonprofit or healthcare organizations, law enforcement, and fire department employees who work directly with the homeless population
  • Those who work for government agencies at various levels who work directly with the homeless population
  • Nonprofit board members

What You'll Learn

  • Facts of and approaches to homelessness, including best practices, initial engagement, and how to be an active listener/learner of a homeless individual
  • Characteristics, demographics, and perceptions of the homeless population
  • Identification of human trafficking in child and adult populations
  • Methods for mental health assessment and the two primary approaches to treatment
  • An introduction to substance use and abuse, including historical study and prevention
  • Case management methods for effective application, including holistic collaboration with other departments or agencies, responsibilities, confidentiality, and different models of client advocacy

What You Can Do With This Program

Positions are available in a variety of industries and can include nonprofit organizations, government, private companies, and more. Jobs might include:

  • Social workers
  • Rehabilitation counselors
  • Mental health counselors
  • Police patrol officers
  • Case managers

Real People. Real Results.

“My experience at UCR Extension was great. My instructors worked in industry, not just academics, and were able to share real-world scenarios for the assignments we were learning and participating in. I took real-time experiences back to the office, and implemented the new knowledge immediately.”

Tracy Trettin

Administrative Operations Manager
UCR School of Medicine
Riverside, CA

Earning the Certificate

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Working with the Homeless Population

BMSC X440.1

3 units

Identifying and Preventing Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adults

BMSC X440.2

1 unit

Quarter 2

Mental Health Issues in the Homeless Population

BMSC X440.4

3 units

Faces of Homelessness

BMSC X440.3

2 units

Quarter 3

Effective Case Management: Connecting to the Homeless Community

BMSC X440.5

2 units

Introduction to Substance Use and Abuse

BMSC X440.6

2 units

Instructor Spotlight

“The Homeless Support Specialist program is a tremendous resource for anyone who works with individuals in homeless situations, or cares about creating solutions. It not only provides practical tips and skills, but also a broad understanding of the issue and the factors contributing to it.”

Damien O'Farrell

President and CEO
Parkview Legacy Foundation

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