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Designed for students and paraprofessionals, this program provides an overview of the field of Human Services and explores issues and dynamics within the social services delivery system.

Students will participate in both an academic course of study and a work-based learning experience focusing on the history, theory, development, and implementation of our society's responses to human needs. Program participants will develop knowledge of the issues related to Human Services and build competencies in practice interventions, strategies, technologies and resources for the delivery of Human Services.

The program explores strengths-based models along with studying diversity in the Human Services including social, political, and cultural influences. Students can expect to increase competency in technological skills, build effective communication skills in helping relationships and develop creativity, critical thinking, teamwork, and ethics. Course work prepares students for higher education in Social Work, Psychology, Health/Human Services, Human Resources, and Community Studies.

Career opportunities might include employment in such paraprofessional positions as:

  • Social Work Assistants
  • Community Advocates for Children, Adults, or Families at risk
  • Alcohol or Drug Abuse Counselors (with additional training)
  • Community Health Outreach Workers
  • Legal Aid Paraprofessionals
  • Eligibility and Outreach Workers
  • Case Managers
  • Counselors
  • Job Training Specialists
  • Gerontology Aides
  • Probation Officers
  • Residential Counselors
  • Mental Health Technicians
Contact Information
Human Services Department
Chair: Patrick Meyer
Phone: 831.479.6210
Location: Room 832
Hours Please call to schedule an appointment.
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