Human Services

DEGREE PROGRAMS
Associate in Science (A.S.)
Degree in Human Services
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Addictions
Gerontology
Mental Health
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Gerontology Specialist
Human Services Specialist
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Alcohol and Drug Certification Domains
Gerontology
Mental Health
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Transferring to a Four-Year Institution
Mental Status Exam
Treatment Plan
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Psychosocial Assessment - Example
DSM-5
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ABOUT THE HUMAN SERVICES PROFESSION

Human services is one of the fastest growing fields today and exemplifies our national commitment to building a society based on respect for people's rights and needs. Each individual in our society is entitled to services designed to enhance development and well-being, including economic and social assistance for those unable to provide for their own needs. Human services workers act as agents to help individuals, families and communities cope better with crisis, change, or stress and function more effectively.  

 
WHAT DOES A HUMAN SERVICES PROFESSIONAL DO?

Human services professionals find employment as social workers, mental health counselors, drug and alcohol abuse counselors, physical therapy aides, activity aides, and much more. They work in hospitals, clinics, senior citizen residences, child care centers, community service facilities, among others.

 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, human services is one of the TOP TEN Careers with the largest growth potential in the country.  (See Job Outlook for more information).

 

WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR THE HUMAN SERVICES PROFESSION?

Individuals who have a desire to help others and who show patience, understanding, and caring in their work with others are highly valued by employers. Individuals who enter this field need strong verbal and written communication skills, a sense of responsibility, and the ability to work with diverse populations. As practitioners, they need to have respect for the rights and dignity of individuals in their care and empower individuals to make their own choices toward a better quality of living.

 

ABOUT THE COURSES

The Human Services courses emphasize an introduction to human services as a profession, as well as to counseling techniques, counseling theories, multicultural counseling, group leadership, human development, behavioral modification, community resources, observation and documentation, case management, chemical dependency, personal development and growth, ethics, lifelong learning and professional development, and fieldwork experience.

 

NOTE: A 99.4% satisfaction rate was reported by graduates of the Human Services Program, in response to internal alumni surveys conducted from 1999-present.

 

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