Homelessness now ranks as a top concern of residents throughout California. With increasing resources devoted to addressing homelessness, government agencies and nonprofit organizations alike face challenges in building staff with the expertise essential to driving positive results. In concert with subject-matter experts, we have developed this certificate program to equip you with the tools you need to succeed in this demanding field. Whether you have a background in social work, public benefits, health and mental health, criminal justice, or urban planning, this program will provide a holistic view of the crisis of homelessness, the diverse and unique needs of homeless people, and the array of policies and programs designed to help them.
Learning Format Online
Duration 9 months *
Duration times can vary talk to your student success coach for more information.
Total Units 13 Units
Approaches to homelessness, including best practices and initial engagement
Characteristics, demographics, and perceptions of the homeless population
Methods for detecting and preventing human trafficking in child and adult populations
Techniques for mental health assessment and approaches to treatment
The impact of substance abuse on the homeless community
Case management methods and models of client advocacy for effective application
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
Online with Live Sessions
Course Schedules are Subject to Change
Required (13 Units )
Working with the Homeless PopulationThis course provides an overview of homelessness, the factors contributing to it, historical and current best practice solutions, and best practices in engaging those in various homeless situations.