Social Services

Social Service is a one-year program designed to provide students with the skills and experience necessary to obtain employment in the social services field. Participating students will receive instruction which will lead to two professional-level certifications. Additional instruction will be given which will make them extremely marketable to social services agencies upon graduation. The program will also provide an excellent foundation for continued study and professional development in this field.

Using highly interactive curriculum, 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. All students will gain the following certifications; First Aid/CPR through the American Heart Association, the 35 hour Behavioral Health Professional (for work with children) and the 45-hour Direct Support Professional (for work with adults). Students will shadow direct-care professionals at Woodfords and will work with Woodfords Program Supervisors in the spring, to plan and host an activity night for both children and adult clients. Upon completion of this program, students will be granted a job interview with Woodfords Family Services.

Students will acquire skills and knowledge in the following areas;

  • Basic nutrition and meal preparation
  • Cultural Competency
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Effective Communication
  • Maltreatment and Mandated Reporting
  • Positive Behavior Supports
  • Professional Development
  • Professional Documentation
  • Rights and Advocacy
  • Principals of Instruction (Teaching people)
  • Trauma


  • Budget management
  • First Aid/ CPR
  • Guest speakers
  • Healthy meal preparation
  • On-location job shadowing
  • Public Transportation practice
  • Role plays

Job Opportunities

  • Behavioral Health Professional
  • Direct Support Professional
  • Foster Family Support Worker

Post secondary options:

Social Worker, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Field Supervisor, Community Case Manager and more!