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Westfield State University to offer Leadership in Human Services Academy

The College of Graduate and Continuing Education and the Department of Social Work at Westfield State University will offer a Leadership in Human Services Academy beginning February 1.

This hybrid certificate program will provide social workers and other human service professionals with the core knowledge of leadership, administration, and supervision necessary to help them be successful as they transition into a leadership role within an agency.

“This program grew from conversations with our graduates and area agency administrators, said Robert Kersting, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Social Work Department. “We consistently heard about great workers who moved into supervisory or leadership positions but lacked core knowledge and skills for these new roles. This program is designed to provide individuals making the transition with those core skills to make them successful leaders.” 

The program is divided into four units. For each unit, participants will complete five one-hour online modules and then attend a three hour face-to-face seminar that explores the application of material covered in the online modules. These seminars are scheduled to take place on February 22, March 15, April 5, and April 26, 6–9 p.m. The entire program takes 12 weeks to complete.

The cost of this program is $800 and licensed social workers will earn 32 CEUs by completing it. Individuals who do not wish to commit to the entire certificate program may enroll in individual online trainings at $30 per module for which licensed social workers can earn 1 CEU each. To register online, visit

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