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Built by experts in the field, this PhD program is designed around the Council for Standards in Human Services Education and National Organization for Human Services.
Learn the latest in theory and practice from experienced faculty who are actively engaged in the human services profession.
Build social and community services expertise with a combination of online courses, in-person learning experiences, and engaging curriculum.
Apply what you learn in a multidisciplinary environment with interactive tools that develop skills in collaboration and leadership.
Courses in your PhD program include access to RiverBend City, an interactive tool where you apply what you’re learning in a realistic, multidisciplinary environment.
Our PhD in Human Services, Social and Community Services program is designed to remove roadblocks for you and demystify the dissertation process. This unique approach centers on supporting you in three ways: through program structure, a dedicated faculty and support team, and online resources. To help generate momentum toward graduation, you’ll begin your dissertation early in the program. Our faculty, support team, and online resources will help guide you every step of the way.
Our distinguished faculty members hold top credentials in their fields. They’re here to teach you critical knowledge and skills and to help enrich your education and career by bringing real-world relevance to the courseroom. Our faculty include:
Online education isn’t one-size-fits-all. We know you’re busy—you need a learning experience tailored to your life, not the other way around. Capella has learning and tuition formats to suit you, however you learn.
A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines.
Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.
If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.
In your social and community services specialization, you’ll focus on applying skills in effective negotiation and mediation, conflict management, and creating effective collaboration across an organization. The program includes dissertation research seminars which allow you to get an early start on your dissertation.
Multidisciplinary Practice and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners
Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in human services, with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners use a multidisciplinary approach to examine the connection between individuals, organizations, and society to construct public value in human services. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer
|4 quarter credits|
Methods of Family Research
Learners in this course explore the measurement of family variables and the complexities of family research design, data collection, and analysis. Topics include scales of measurement, validity and reliability, experimental and nonexperimental designs, and approaches to integrating clinical research with practice.
|4 quarter credits|
The Family in Social Context
Learners in this course examine families from a systems perspective and explore the dynamics and systems influencing family structures. Learners also identify the leadership skills needed to work with diverse family groups and the challenges faced by human services professionals.
|4 quarter credits|
Contemporary Issues in Compulsive and Addictive Behavior Treatment
Learners in this course examine current research and trends for working with compulsive and addictive behaviors along a continuum of prevention and treatment practices. Topics include changes in practice models based on transition to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria; integration of substance abuse treatment into primary care settings; developments in psychopharmacological and alternative intervention practices; influences of ethics, culture, and public health model practices on intervention and treatment; and the use of Internet resources in the field.
|4 quarter credits|
You have the power to affect an entire community for good. Earning a PhD in Human Services, Social and Community Services can help you prepare as a leader, advanced practitioner, or educator.
Collaboration is the new norm for human services. These 3 examples from the field demonstrate why.
Jobs in human services range from working with clients to managing organizations to building infrastructures.
Find out which type of doctoral degree in human services is the best match for your career goals.
Your education can help you reach your goals, professionally and personally. Here are some of the job titles and employment settings to explore as you consider a PhD in Human Services, Social and Community Services degree.
*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.
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