Basic Direct Care Skills (Microcredential)

Basic Direct Care Skills provides a core foundation of knowledge for direct care workers in the field of child welfare.

Courses will help you develop an understanding of the impact a client’s environment has on their functioning. Family dynamics and a basic understanding of psychological theories are also covered.

Those who successfully complete the Direct Care Skills microcredential are well-prepared to begin rewarding careers in direct care in residential facilities for youth, the elderly or the disabled. All of the courses in the microcredential can also be applied to the college’s well-respected Human Services A.A.S. degree.

This microcredential is the first in a series of three stackable credentials. Courses are offered on campus and many are also offered in an online format.


  • Social Service Systems
  • Human Development and the Family
  • Orientation to Field Work
  • General Psychology

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Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to explain and describe the impact a client's environment has on their functioning. Additionally, they will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of basic family dynamics and the associated psychological theories.

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