Social Work, Human Services & Counseling
Reshape and improve individuals and communities
Human services promote or enhance an individual's well-being. This program serves as a college and career pathway for social work, human services and counseling practices, and offers a variety of focus areas, service-based learning opportunities, and additional career certificates.
Programs of Study
The Social Work, Human Services, & Counseling Practices program prepares students for entry-level paraprofessional work opportunities, or for transfer to pursue a bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, and counseling practices.
Students learn effective case management skills, group facilitation, and a general understanding of theories guiding practice. Students analyze ethical dilemmas and consider how ethics and values guide the decision-making process and service delivery, identify the role of the helper in advocacy for social justice with respect to all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, and how to deliver equitable services for all populations. Service-based learning opportunities, personal growth and professional development are provided.
Multicultural Counseling & Advocacy Resources provides training in the area of case management, conflict-resolution, counseling theories and techniques, community services, needs assessment, etc. Students will learn how to work with individuals, families and communities which are representative of diverse populations, including, but not limited to African American, Hispanic, Asian and Native American clients.
Students will be able to transition into entry-level employment in multicultural counseling.
The Employment Support Specialization program prepares students to apply technical knowledge and skills to provide employment support for individuals with disabilities and their family members.
Students will be able to assist individuals in becoming employable and self-sufficient, to provide follow-up services to help individuals maintain employment, and to assist individuals with knowledge about employment benefits, eligibility requirements and available services and resources.
The Drug and Alcohol Studies program prepares students to build strong competencies in drug and alcohol addiction and to prepare for paraprofessional positions. Graduates develop the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be effective in the treatment of alcohol and other drug dependency and abuse in a variety of treatment settings. Graduates will be prepared to work as entry-level employees under the direct supervision of social workers and other human services professionals.
This certificate will overview direct provision of substance abuse specific services, provision of other support services, early detection, assessment, referral/linkage, mobilization of self-help, advocacy, community development, education, case management, and research.
More Ways to Learn
Why pursue a career in human services?
What You'll Learn
- Effective case management skills, group facilitation, and a general understanding of theories which guide practice in social work, human services, and counseling practices.
- Complete and reflect upon service-based learning experience.
- How to increase the capacity for self-awareness and personal growth.
- How to identify client strengths in response to needs and map available community resources.
- The ability to discuss, analyze and explain the ethical standards that guide service delivery in social work, human services, and counseling practices.
- Mental Health Case Manager
- Job Coach or Employment Specialist
- Social Services Intake Specialist
- Community Health Worker