The human services program is a nationally accredited, multidisciplinary program. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the exam for certification as a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) offered by the Center for Credentialing and Education. Students who choose the addictions counseling track can complete the academic work required for certification as a Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol & Drug. Students who choose the administration of programs for children track can complete the academic work required for the Child Care Administrator Level 4 Credential.
The program equips students to assume careers in human services, working with a broad range of age groups (from infants to seniors) in many different areas, such as administration, business and industry, child welfare, criminal justice and corrections, developmental disabilities, education, gerontology, health care, higher education, and public welfare. The courses also prepare students to further their education in graduate programs such as human services, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, and related social science disciplines.
The curriculum focuses on theory, research, and application, with field experience as a crucial part of the courses. Their coursework gives students a strong background in how individuals and families develop and function. Students also acquire the skills necessary to provide services to people in need. Optional tracks are available in addictions counseling, administration of programs for children, and human services administration. The courses within the tracks are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.
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