MISSION STATEMENT The Human Services Program (HSP) provides an environment which broadens perspectives, builds self-awareness, and develops professional skills for effective human services work.
The Human Services Program recognizes the following basic principles:
People have the capacity for lifelong growth and change.
Social relationships are important.
Democratic decision-making is desirable.
Social change is everyone’s responsibility.
Human Services Professionals believe that individuals have the right to self-determination, capacity and ability to make free and responsible choices, explore new possibilities, and to do more than simply survive.
Our philosophy is stated within the context of democratic participation, which suggests a community of people able to understand, determine, and express their lives as dignified humans. In a highly complex and changing society, Human Services Professionals recognize the need for individual autonomy and interdependence.
Inherent in delivering human services is the responsibility to facilitate social change so that individuals and institutions can cope more effectively and address problems. Our philosophy recognizes the need for people to have feelings of competence, usefulness, belonging, and power.
1. Students will understand the nature of human systems: individual, group, organization, community & society, and their major interactions.
(All workers will have preparation which helps them to understand human development, group dynamics, organizational structure, how communities are organized, how national policy is set, and how social systems interact in producing human problems.) 2. Students will understand the conditions which promote or limit optimal client functioning in the major human systems
(Workers will have understanding of the major models of causation that are concerned with both the promotion of healthy functioning and with treatment rehabilitation.) 3. Students will be able to identify & select interventions which promote client growth and goal attainment.
(The worker will be able to conduct a competent problem analysis and to select those strategies, services or interventions that are appropriate to helping clients attain a desired outcome. Interventions may include assistance, referral, advocacy, or direct counseling.) 4. Students will be able to plan, implement and evaluate interventions.
(The worker will be able to design a plan of action for an identified problem and implement the plan in a systematic way. This requires an understanding of problems analysis, decision-analysis, and design of work plans. This generic skill can be used with all social systems and adapted for use with individual clients or organizations. Skill in evaluating the interventions is essential.) 5. Students will select interventions which are congruent with the values of one’s self, clients, the employing organization and the Human Services profession.
(Awareness of one’s own value orientation, an understanding of organizational values as expressed in the mandate or goal statement of the organization, human service ethics and an appreciation of the client’s values, life style and goals.) 6. Students will be able to utilize process skills to plan and implement services.
(The worker uses himself/herself as the main tool for responding to service needs. The worker must be skillful in verbal and oral communication, interpersonal relationships and other related personal skills, such as self-discipline and time management. It requires that the worker be interested in and motivated to conduct the role that he/she has agreed to fulfill and to apply himself/herself to all aspects of the work that the role requires.) 7. Students will be able to adapt assessment skills and interventions to a variety of settings.
8. Students will be able to describe, identify, assess, and treat addictions (Addiction Studies students only).
PROGRAM POLICY AND PROCEDURES SUMMARY
Students must first apply for admission to the college and the Human Services Program (HSP). Admission to the program requires the following Placement Test scores.
Students will be designated HS Pre-program until all courses identified in their student assessment are completed with a grade of C or better, this includes WR121 and HS152. Pre-program students are encouraged to take HS154 (Community Resources) and HS152 (Stress Management).
Students are encouraged to contact the Human Services Program Chair, Donna Hirt, in Building 1-261 for an orientation to the program or call at 503-399-6157 or e-mail email@example.com
After admission to the program, students may enroll in the Human Services Program core classes on a space-available basis. Early registration is encouraged; classes are almost always filled. See catalog or Human Services Program staff for prerequisites and sequencing of courses.
Writing classes and all Human Services (HS-designated) courses used to meet degree requirements or prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or better.