The social and health field include jobs, as well as diplomas, intended to satisfy the daily needs of many people. Indeed, getting an education in the health and social domain helps acquiring multiple professional qualifications which contribute to recovering or developing an individual’s independence, but also restoring one’s health while ensuring social bonds. To this end, the arising questions are: What are the certifications one can get in the health and social domain and how long does the training take? What opportunities do these training bring along? What conditions one must fulfill in order to have a health and social certification? Finally, what kinds of missions are there for individuals who chose this forming?

What are the available trainings in the social and health domains and how long do they take?

Nowadays, many individuals are influenced by the social and health profession. These jobs can be accessed through diverse training curriculums. However, the arising question would be: What are these trainings? In fact, there are multiple trainings one could follow to specialize in the health and social domain. First, you can take a training to get an early childhood professional aptitude certificate (“Cap petite enfance” in French) to get the job of a Maternal assistant or a daycare worker, etc… Then, you can take a vocational training for the DEAES diploma, which has been replaced by DEAVS and DEAMP since 2016. This curriculum is destined to form Social and Educational Companion workers. Moreover, it is possible to get an ASFAM training in order to prepare for the DEAF diploma; this training is destined for those who wish to become Family Assistants. Finally, you can get an education in a training institution in order to prepare for the State diploma of childcare assistants (“Diplome d’Etat d’Auxiliaire de Puériculture” DEAP in French); this training is destined for childcare assistance workers. You can have this professional training in a forming institution or higher institutions. Generally, all formations in the health and social domains take a minimum period of 2 years.

Why get a training in the social and health domains

The health domain, as for the social field, employ many candidates. The workers in this domain take charge of helping people having difficulties in dealing with daily acts. This field is quite large; it brings together staff from health centers and self-employed practitioners alongside the workers at territorial establishments. Multiple reasons encourage people to have an education in the health and social sector. First of all, each year, the health field offers about 200 jobs; therefore, it provides possibilities of finding jobs with good working conditions for young graduates. Moreover, health sector’s professions never cease developing and evolving regarding the evolution of modern technologies and the development of society. Now regarding the social field, many people are interested in getting formed in this domain because its workers never suffer from unemployment. Nowadays, the needs for social assistants and childcare assistants are ever-increasing. Plus, there are various recruiters in this domain such as communities, associations, companies, social organizations and even international organizations, plus others.

What are the required skills and conditions to get formed in the health and social fields

In order to get formed in the health and social sectors, first you should dispose of a baccalaureate or an equivalent degree. In addition, persons who wish to get professional in these fields require having qualities, as well as skills, in order to perform their work. In fact, one must be open. To this end, it is important to establish dialogue and contacts, not only with the person getting the assistance, but also with his/her family and their entourage, as well as the staff taking charge of teaching or health-care. After this, in order to be able to practice health and social professions, one must have a certain know-how concerning the analysis of a person’s life context as well as his general situation and needs. You should also have certain know-how in assisting the person throughout his everyday life acts. You must know how to identify each and every modification concerning the person’s state. Finally, you should process the ability to provide advice, so that you can give technical assistance to the person in distress.

What are the missions awaiting people who had these trainings

There are many types of missions awaiting the professionals of the health and social domains. Yet, they all do revolve around the theme of providing help for the client or patient. Depending on the job, health and social fields’ experts may be called upon to take care of people with disabilities, children, residents of retirement homes, within families having some kind of difficulties, etc… In fact, professionals in these domains take charge of the enhancement of life conditions of their patients through guiding them towards autonomy, while keeping the social link. They are also responsible of restoring people’s health.