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Goodwill offers training for human services work

Kassmin Williams | 12/20/2013, 8:49 a.m. | Updated on 12/20/2013, 8:49 a.m.

Those looking to break into the human services field can start working towards their goal in Goodwill's two-month training program.

The organization"s Human Services Employment Ladder Program prepares participants to become entry-level direct support professionals in human services.

Screenings to register for the program, running from Jan. 6 to Feb. 28, are being held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

The HELP class runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 1010 Harrison Ave. in Boston.

During the course, students learn the essentials of human services and gain experience in personal interaction with disadvantaged populations.

Participants will cover a variety of topics including terminology and methods, motivating and managing client behaviors, maintaining boundaries and identifying career paths.

Those who graduate from the program become qualified to work in a variety of human service areas including community residences, shelters and day programs.

Goodwill focuses on breaking down barriers to opportunities and helping those in need succeed.

The organization offers job training, employment placement and other services to people who have disabilities, lack education or job experience, or face employment challenges, according to goodwill.org.

In 2012, Goodwill helped more than 6 million people train for careers, the website said.

For more information on HELP, contact Diane Clarke Delehanty at 617-541-1243.