Associate in Science
The field of Human Services is dynamic and challenging. The concept of human services stresses care for the whole individual and his or her relation to the environment. The sequential courses develop knowledge of personality patterns and behavior, roles and functions of community resources, and skills in each curriculum option. The program prepares students for employment in a variety of social service settings, including mental health services, schools, children and family services, community action programs, health and welfare planning, elderly services, and the criminal justice system.
Curricula prepare students for entry into the job market and for transfer into baccalaureate degree programs. Field experience is an integral part of the Human Services curriculum. It exposes students directly to clients in community service settings to apply the theories and skills learned in the classroom. The field experience and seminar courses must be taken during the same semester. In the various degree programs, students are eligible for field placement once they complete 24-35 credits toward the degree and are able to demonstrate a sufficient level of competence and skill. Transfer option students are required to complete only one semester of field placement.
Prior to each semester Human Services students are expected to consult with the Program Coordinator, Cher Shannon at 203.285.2321 or e-mail CShannon@gwcc.commnet.edu before registering for courses.
HUMAN SERVICES PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
• Apply basic knowledge of history, natural sciences, social sciences, behavioral sciences, and humanities to work with diverse populations and human service systems
• Effectively organize, acquire, and present information in written and spoken form
• Research and write a paper following MLA or APA format
• Use effective verbal and nonverbal interpersonal relationship skills when working with people
• Conduct a bio-psychosocial assessment interview
• Assess, plan, implement, and evaluate the phases necessary for effective human service interventions
• Assess formal and informal service/support systems related to client needs and strengths
• Select appropriate support and intervention services to address the diverse needs of clients in specific populations served by social service agencies
• Identify human service agencies and programs within Greater New Haven, Connecticut, and the national social services system
• Recognize and respond to cultural diversity and the diverse challenges facing certain populations served by human services
• Act professionally with clients and agency personnel in human service settings
• Understand psychology and social service theoretical models for assessment, service provision, case management, and evaluation of client services
• Understand social policy and social advocacy in relation to societal responses to formal help
• Distinguish between various human service career options and recognize the most marketable professional skills for employment in contemporary human service settings
• Identify basic problems that human service workers encounter and the most useful strategies for resolution
• Analyze the effectiveness of human service agencies’ implementation of programs to meet social needs
• Behave ethically according to professional human services standards