Human Services Degree
The Human Services program prepares students to work effectively and knowledgeably with consumers of community-based human service delivery systems. As America's sensitivity to the needs of all its citizens matures, skilled human service workers are in demand, with jobs in human services projected to be among the fastest growing occupations.
The Human Services program offers two different tracks of study. The Certificate program is an option for learners seeking short-term specialty courses. The program may be completed in four semesters on a part-time basis.The Human Services program is a member of the National Organization for Human Services Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
The Associate Degree is a two-year program emphasizing theory and clinical practice. Students participate in supervised internships where they will gain practical experience working with a specific client population.
Graduates are skilled in the areas of case management, client assessment, developing treatment plans and behavioral intervention techniques, and supportive communication skills. Graduates are prepared for professional positions that may include case manager, outreach worker, advocate, job coach, vocational instructor, residential counselor, teacher aide, specialized home care provider, and activities director. This degree is easily transferred to most four-year colleges and universities.
An Articulation agreement is in place with Springfield College in Human Services.
The College must ensure that clients/patients are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in field or clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize client/patient responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employers, and clients/patients and their families.
Students must also be aware that the college requires national criminal background checks for the Human Service Program. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the student. Applicants, who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of their experience, may not be eligible for Field and Internship placement.
|HSV111W||Intro to Human Services||3||0||3|
|ENGL229W||Media and Society||3||0||3|
|HSV116W||Social & Political Issues in Human Services||3||0||3|
|PSYC112W||Human Growth and Development||3||0||3|
|First Year Total||32|
|HSV212W||Supportive Communication Skills||3||0||3|
|HSV216W||Internship in Human Services I||1||9||4|
|HSV223W||Introduction to Counseling||3||0||3|
|HUMA212W||Legal and Ethical Issues||3||0||3|
|HSV214W||Issues of Children and Families||3||0||3|
|HSV221W||Internship in Human Services II||1||9||4|
|HSV235W||Fundamentals of Neuroscience and Wellness||3||0||3|
|Second Year Total||33|
|Total for A.S. Degree||65|
Human Services Electives
ECE121W Understanding Children with Autism & Pervasive Developmental Disorders
HSV117W Crisis Intervention
HSV130W Introduction to Gerontology
HSV213W Issues in Developmental Disabilities
HSV214W Issues in Children and Families
HSV217W Chemical Dependence
HSV219W Human Sexuality
HSV222W Spirituality in the Helping Professions
HSV223W Introduction to Counseling