The Certificate in Habilitative Services is designed for individuals who have or are pursuing a degree in a human services field and are interested in working with children and adolescents (age 3-17) with diagnosed developmental disabilities in the home and community setting. Approved human service degrees include the following: counseling and guidance, psychology, nursing, education/special education, sociology, child development/human development, social work, therapeutic recreation, marriage and family therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language pathology/ communication disorders, art therapy, dance therapy, music therapy and behavioral sciences/ABA. Students who do not have or are not pursuing a degree in a human services field will need to complete the Certificate in Special Education Services which includes all of the coursework for the Certificate in Habilitative Services with additional courses aligned with Habilitative Interventionist standards.
Students who either a) complete the Certificate in Habilitative Services and have a degree in a human services field, or b) complete the Certificate in Special Education Services and have a bachelor’s degree in any field will complete the coursework requirements to work for a developmental disability agency as a 3-17 Habilitative Interventionist teaching adaptive skills and supporting the development of pro-social behaviors. Interventionists work in the home and community setting focused on individual client goals including communication, social skills, self-management, self-help, and independence. In order to become a Habilitative Interventionist, individuals also need a minimum of one year supervised experience working with children with developmental disabilities which is typically provided by the hiring agency