An associate's degree in Human Services offers graduates the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives and people in their communities. Students will be able to promote awareness and obtain knowledge and specific skills needed to work in the human and social services fields. The program introduces students to services related to human development concepts and trains them to work with at-risk socioeconomic populations, including the elderly, children, persons with mental health or physical handicaps, and those experiencing problems with addiction disorders.
Upon successful completion of program requirements, graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of the historical development and scope of human services.
- Define the human service systems, which include individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities within the society and their interaction.
- Develop awareness of one's own values, personalities, reaction patterns, interpersonal styles, limitations, and self-care practices.
- Demonstrate knowledge and skills in the administrative aspects of service delivery.
- Demonstrate effective written and oral communication skills that represent competence and professionalism in the human services field.
- Demonstrate sensitivity and show an understanding of respect for individuals and groups with ethnic, cultural, gender and racial differences.
- Apply critical thinking skills to problem solve in human service practices.
- Demonstrate the ability to identify and analyze service needs, plan appropriate services and intervention strategies for various populations, implement services, and evaluate outcomes of services.
- Exemplify the values, attitudes, and ethical standards of the human services profession and the ability to follow its ethical guidelines.
- Differentiate between the various addiction disorders as well as substances that can lead to addiction.