The Human Services Program is designed to prepare students to work in a variety of professions, sit for the Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA) exam, and offer the opportunity to transfer to a 4 year-year school. The curriculum for the Human Services program is designed around the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) core competencies which are congruent with the licensing exam. The Human Services Degree will provide the required education requirements for state licensure as an LSWA (258 CMR 9.06) or a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) (258 CMR 9.05). Students are encouraged to view the multiple articulation agreements for easy transferring of credits to four year institutions.
Human services involve the art and science of working with people and helping others. Within the broad category of human services is the subspecialty of social work. The essential aim of the social work profession is to enhance social functioning of people within social and cultural frameworks. This program prepares graduates to engage in the helping professions at entry levels in their communities. This concentration focuses upon helping students develop the knowledge, skills, experience, and values that will assist them in working effectively with people in a variety of community settings.
The bureau of labor statistics predicts an increase in social work jobs of 11% between 2018 and 2028 and the median pay for social workers in 2018 was $49,470. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm).
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:
- List services available in the community for diverse client needs.
- Distinguish between ethical and unethical behavior in multiple human service settings.
- Apply interviewing and practice skills in work with clients.
- Provide examples of the systemic efforts of social policy.
- Integrate policy, practice, research and the impact on individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
- Create a mock interview with a client demonstrating appropriate practice skills.
- Analyze the impact of diversity on multiple systems, human rights, and social justice.
Professional licensure and certification requirements vary from state to state. This program of study may lead to professional licensure or certification in states outside of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Licensure and certification in one state do not guarantee automatic licensure in another state. Students who are interested in enrolling into this program of study, and reside outside of Massachusetts, should check their state educational requirements for licensure or certification. For more information, please visit our SARA Professional Licensure Disclosure page
Academic Division of Professional Programs
Human Services Courses
- HSV 103
Introduction to Social Work
- HSV 200
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
- HSV 201
- HSV 205
Substance Addiction Counseling
- HSV 260
- SOC 101
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