Donna Rowe, 413.552.2029, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Human Services program provides the academic work and field experience for successful careers in human services, as well as a strong foundation for transfer to four-year colleges and universities for programs in social work, human services, or other related majors. This program has been developed to align with the Mass Transfer Pathways Human Services to Social Work pathway.
The program combines course work in the social sciences, primarily psychology and sociology, with human services courses. Students gain knowledge of the field and develop professional skills such as: communication, observation, listening, report writing, behavior modification, and human relations. Students are provided with learning opportunities to help them develop as multiculturally competent and ethical practitioners. Students are encouraged to build upon their unique abilities to work collaboratively with individuals, families, and communities. The program fosters the development of the skills necessary for practitioners in human services through active learning strategies, clinical field placements, community research projects, and case studies. Students have the opportunity to explore career options working with children, elders, and people with physical and intellectual disabilities, mental health and substance use needs, minority and refugee populations, homeless individuals and families, and other groups in need.
Upon graduation students are qualified for entry level positions such as: residential case manager, outreach worker, gerontology assistant, crisis intervention worker, family and child advocate, and community organizer. Graduates are also prepared to transfer to 4-year degree programs in Social Work or Human Services, in accordance with the agreement of the Mass Transfer A2B Pathway.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
- demonstrate an understanding of the historical and the contemporary field of U.S. human services, social work, and social welfare systems, as well as the role the employee and agency plays in these systems
- develop effective and professional communication skills, both orally and in writing
- develop as multiculturally competent and skilled practitioners working with individuals, families, and groups in community-based and organizational settings
- demonstrate the importance of ethical and professional behavior in the field of human services and social work
- develop basic interviewing, interpersonal skills, crisis intervention, and trauma-informed service and delivery skills necessary to helping relationships
- demonstrate an understanding of the primary data sources and research methods used to measure best practices in the human service and social work professions in U.S. society