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Wagner Human Services Paraprofessional Certificate Program

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"An unparalleled experience of personal growth and commitment"  

Two Year Certificate Program
Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 3:40 PM

New class beginning Fall 2015
Open House and Information Session: Wednesday, August 19

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The Wagner Paraprofessional Certificate Program is an intensive two-year certificate program which trains human service workers to help children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including schools, hospital, counseling centers, and community agencies. The program requires a two-year commitment of one full day per week for 30 weeks each year. In addition, during the second year students are required to do field work. Participants will be prepared to work as volunteer paraprofessionals, under the direction of professional staff in various community organizations, congregations, and agencies.

Students in the program will be trained to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of situations such as:

  • Parent-child relations
  • Marital relationships including intermarriage, blended families, and single parenting
  • Mid-life transitions
  • Divorce
  • Health and aging issues
  • Bereavement, death, and dying

Graduates of the Human Services Paraprofessional Certificate Program make a commitment of two years of community service.

Tuition & Fees: Upon completion of the intensive two-year Wagner Program, graduates earn a Human Services Paraprofessional Certificate. Tuition is $2000 per year and is partially subsidized. Some scholarships are available through a special grant from the Wagner Program. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee and an additional fee at Graduation. Enrollment is limited.


The training process will encourage students' self knowledge and personal growth. As part of this process they will:

  • Learn more about themselves and how they relate with others
  • Explore and clarify interests in the field of human services
  • Identify their own unique interpersonal skills
  • Develop and improve interpersonal communication skills
  • Learn group dynamics and the role of the facilitator in group process
  • Increase awareness and sensitivity
  • Understand how these needs and values affect their role in individual and group counseling
  • Explore contemporary life issues from both a secular and Jewish perspective.


This community service training program includes:

  • The human growth and development process, including the life cycle and life crises, and the Jewish approach to them
  • Basic listening and communication skills for individual counseling and group facilitation
  • Understanding group process
  • Identifying available resources in the community - Jewish and general - to help people in need
  • Evaluating an individual's or family's need for support - and how to refer the available assistance to them
  • Organizing, designing, and helping to implement Human Services Programs

The method of instruction includes lectures, discussions, audio-visual aids, workshops, growth groups, peer counseling, supervision, and on-site field work.
Professional staff will present course work and supervise student training.

For more information, please call (310) 440-1246 or email the program director.