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Community Social Service Department Overview

**This program is no longer accepting new students**

The Community Social Service Program (CSS) prepares learners for positions in several areas in the health, human services, and education fields with children, adolescents, adults, and senior citizens.  Graduates may serve a variety of at-risk populations including people with disabilities, mental illness, substance abuse, poverty, and disadvantaged.  Those who may be interested in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, or other health related areas may want to consider the CSS program as a well-rounded educational base to support further development of generalist skills at a four-year institution.

Mission Statement

The Community Social Service Program provides students with the skills and knowledge ot holistically support and advocate in a professional manner.

Student Background Studies: Minnesota law requires that any person who provides services that involve direct contact with patients and residents at a health care or child care facility licensed by the Minnesota Department of Health have a background study conducted by the state. An individual who is disqualified from having direct patient contact as a result of the background study, and whose disqualification is not set aside by the Commissioner of Health, will not be permitted to participate in a clinical placement in a Minnesota licensed health care or child care facility. Failure to participate in a clinical placement required by the academic program could result in ineligibility to qualify for a degree in that program.

Core Competencies

  1. Demonstrate professionalism by meeting industry standards.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to make critical decisions based on knowledge of system protocols.
  3. Recognize the need for skill development and demonstrate the ability to teach to ensure personal growth.
  4. Describe and demonstrate the ability to provide behavioral interventions and strategies appropriately and in a least restrictive manner.
  5. Identify appropriate resources, supports, and services.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of concepts relevant to general social service practices in a wide variety of settings.

Department Faculty

Deb Salmon,   Wayne Whitmore