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Social Services Competency Based Training (SSCBT) Certificate of Completion


sakThe newly revised award winning Social Services Competency-Based Training Program (SSCBT) is offered jointly by the Portland State University Early Childhood Training Center and Tennessee State University. Originally developed in 1982, the goal of the SSCBT program is to provide staff with the attitudes, skills, and knowledge to deliver effective social services and family support—particularly for those staff with little or no systematic formal training in social services. The Region X SSCBT program was selected as the Outstanding Credit Program by the Region VII University Continuing Education Association in 1998. There have been over 1150 SSCBT interns from the Pacific Northwest since 1996 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Alaska) and over 3,000 interns nationwide.

The SSCBT curriculum has been updated and formatted based on the Head Start and Early Head Start Relationship Based Competencies for Staff and Supervisors who Work with Families.  It also aligns with the competency priority areas outlined in the Head Start Family Worker Training Initiative.  SSCBT is designed to develop the core skills necessary for working in a variety of family support, home visiting, and community services settings.

The content of this credential program consists of 25 functional areas and 64 competency-based lessons that are the focus of three modules of classroom instruction, portfolio development, field mentor observations, and a final oral board review. Successful participants receive the SSCBT credential. 

The three basic modules are:

  • Inspiring culturally competent well-being and learning in families
  • Family supports, access, and connectedness in community
  • Comprehensive services, continuous improvement, and profession growth

The structure and delivery of the SSCBT program can be individualized to meet the needs of specific programs or communities. Please contact us to develop customized training options.

What is a Certificate of Completion?

Certificates of Completion are awarded to all students who successfully complete a series of linked courses with a defined focus. The certificate distributed upon completion of the identified courses reflects the total number of credits earned (graduate or undergraduate). These certificates of completion have been approved by the appropriate department(s). The individual courses will appear on your PSU transcript. The title of the certificate of completion will not. This series of courses is not eligible for federal financial aid unless taken as part of a degree program.