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Sinclair College

Social Work Specialist SWS.S.CRT

One-year Technical Certificate - 36 Credit Hours

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Social Work
Effective as of Fall 2021

What is the program about?

Social Work Specialists can provide assistance to Social Work and Social Service Professionals in the field and may perform duties such as providing information or referring individuals to public or private agencies for assistance, interviewing individuals or family members to compile information on social, educational, criminal, institutional, or substance abuse history; and advising clients regarding food stamps, child care, and transportation, The Social Work Specialist Certificate is the third of three certificates within the Social Work pathway that prepares students to work with those in need to overcome difficulties and improve their lives. Job duties may include transportation, visitation supervision, documentation, detention monitoring, school enrollments etc. This certificate is especially pertinent to correctional students who may have dealt with personal and family problems and want to use their experience knowledge and passion to help others avoid the mistakes they made, which lead them to prison.

Program Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively in a variety of ways with varied audiences through writing skills, oral communication, listening skills, reading skills, computer literacy, and information literacy.
  • Demonstrate ability to think logically and solve problems using analysis, synthesis, and evaluation.
  • Achieve group goals in a variety of social contexts.

Career Opportunities

A Social Work Technician is employable at a number of social service agencies, in the role of a case aide or monitor. Job duties may include transportation, visitation monitoring, school enrollment, detention monitoring etc.. A student who continues with their education can achieve a degree in Social Work. Social Work is a helping profession which aims to assist individuals, families, and larger groups; as well as targeting the social problems which effect society today. The Department of Labor Statistics shows the job outlook for Social Work is projecting growth in the field of 19% between 2012 and 2022 which is faster than the average growth for other occupations. Social Work allows opportunities for licensure and higher education which lead to more open doors for employment in the field. Social Workers are found in almost every facet of society including recovery services, prisons, private practice, and child welfare.


Completion of this certificate provides the framework for the Social Work Pathway and culminates in an ATS upon release from incarceration.


  • This certificate will be limited to correctional students in the AJT program.


Course Title Credits
BIS 1400 Customer Service 3
CJS 1106 Transition Skills 3
CJS 2111 Ethics & Professionalism in Criminal Justice 3
CJS 2200 Human Relations, Mediation & Conflict Resolution 3
MHT 1130 Fundamentals of Addiction Counseling CDCA Preliminary 3
PSY 1100 General Psychology 3
SOC 1101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 1115 Sociology of Marriage & Family 3
SOC 2205 Social Problems 3
SWK 1206 Introduction to Social Work 3
SWK 1213 Introduction to Social Welfare 3
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Program Accreditation Information


This information is for planning purposes only. Sinclair College will make every effort to offer curriculum listed above but reserves the right to change, add and cancel curriculum offerings for unforeseen circumstances.