Social Services


Students participating in this one-year program receive instruction leading to two professional-level certifications. These certifications prepare students to work with individuals who have developmental and/or intellectual disabilities. Additional instruction will be given to make students highly eligible for employment opportunities at various social service agencies. The program will also provide an excellent foundation for continued study and professional development in this field.

Using highly interactive curricula, students will learn information and strategies critical to providing direct care to children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. They will apply those strategies via classroom activities and hands-on experiences with individuals receiving services through Woodfords Family Services in Westbrook.

Instructor: Laurie Shannon

 


Professional Licenses/Certifications
Behavioral Health Professional (for work with children)
Direct Support Professional (for work with adults)
American Heart Association First Aid/CPR
State of Maine Mandated Reporting

 

Skills/Knowledge Acquired
Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Cultural Competency
Family and Team Dynamics
Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Supports
Basic nutrition and meal preparation
Maltreatment and Mandated Reporting
Professional Documentation
Rights and Advocacy
Principals of Instruction/Teaching People
Trauma

 

Course Activities
Holiday Giving Drive
Open and respectful classroom discussion
Guest speakers
On-location job shadowing
Host activity nights for both children and adult consumers
Public Transportation practice
Budget development and management
Role-plays

 

 

Entry Level Career Opportunities
Behavioral Health Professional​​​​​
Foster Family Support Worker
Direct Support Professional

 

Career Opportunities (with further education)
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA)​​​
Field Supervisor
Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Community Case Manager