Social Services

Associate Degree in Social Services


Certificate in Social Services

For more information, contact Kerry Belknap Morris at or call 603-542-7744 ex. 5411

The Social Services Program has a strong core focusing on key foundational knowledge and skills needed in helping professions. All students study:

Diverse Populations of Communities

Child & Human Development and General Psychology

Systems Theory and Sociology

Service Coordination

Interpersonal Communication Skills

Ethics and Professionalism

Working with an advisor, students select program electives to prepare for entry into a career or for continued study in a specialty area. Program electives may include courses in Psychology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, and Early Childhood Education.

Graduates of RVCC’s Social Services Program are prepared to work in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, the following: city and state offices, non-profit agencies, community action programs, correctional & transitional facilities, area agencies, behavioral & mental health centers, and schools.

RVCC’s Social Services degree prepares students for a variety of entry-level positions such as outreach worker, program manager, residential counselor, and support aide. Other positions, such as social worker, substance abuse counselor, and psychologist or psychiatrist, require an advanced degree.

In addition to the Associate Degree, the College also offers a Certificate in Social Services. This certificate focuses on the major courses required for beginning level positions, as well as providing students with an entry point for continuation in the Associate Degree.

The applicant for the Social Services Program should meet the general requirements for admission to the College. A Criminal Background Check is the responsibility of students and may be required for fieldwork and/or employment. See the full Criminal Background Check Policy in the Admissions section of this catalog. Students are required to have liability insurance during fieldwork. Transportation to fieldwork is the responsibility of the student.

If you want to be a part of building a brighter future for all, then apply to River Valley’s Social Services Program today!




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(603) 542-7744
1 College Place
Claremont, NH 03743


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