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Human / Social Services

Gettysburg, Harrisburg, Lancaster,  York
The program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).  The primary program objective shall be to prepare human services professionals to serve individuals, families, groups, communities and/or other supported human services organization functions.

MACHS 2014  Conference
Legislative Advocacy Day 2014 (pdf)

Required Courses Social Services, Associate in Art (Transfer) (pdf)
Required Courses Human Services, Associate in Arts (pdf)
Required Courses Human Services, Certificate Program (pdf)

Transferring to a four-year college or university - Student Services 

Human and Social Service Program Philosophical Statement, Vision and Mission (pdf)
Estimated Expenses (HUMS programs) (pdf) rev 5/13

Program Effectiveness Data 
College Data Book
Program Outcomes (pdf) 9/12
Graduate Survey Report (pdf) 5/13
Employer Survey Report (pdf) 5/13
Retention Rates (pdf) 8/13
Transfer Status of Graduates (pdf) 8/13
Pass rate on HS-BCP Credentialing Exam - not applicable; exam not a required component of the program

Admission Criteria and Essential Qualifications (pdf) rev 2/14

Human Services/Social Services Clearance Procedure (pdf)

Human Services Student Handbook, 10th edition, 2013 (pdf)  56 pages (rev 5/1/13) 

HUMS 215 Field Work Practicum Handbook, 11th Edition, 2013 (pdf)  86 pages

Description of Occupation: Social Services Students are prepared for transfer to 4 year programs in social work and counseling and trained for entry-level positions in such fields as mental health, mental retardation, day care, gerontology, family services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and community development.

In general, social service workers conduct interviews, develop assessments, and create service plans. They monitor the progress of their clients and revise the plans when needed. They are employed in settings where they can assist people develop individualized strategies and solutions, where people are finding it difficult to navigate the various social systems. They are responsible for recording accurate information and imparting that information to senior staff.

In schools social workers and counselors help students and their families create educational plans, and work with schools to create polices that will prevent violence and encourage collaboration among students. Social service workers are found in hospitals working with patients and their families to construct useful discharge plans and specialized support services while hospitalized. In rehabilitation centers they work with patients to maximize their rehabilitation program; in facilities and programs for seniors they are there to work out the best alternatives for independent living or care within a facility; in substance abuse programs they conduct educational programs, group sessions, and individual planning sessions; in programs for victims of violence and crime they provide support , encouragement, and information; For those with physical and developmental disabilities they create individual options to maximize the individual's strengths for personal fulfillment; and they are suicide hot line counselors.

Those with advanced degrees can provide therapeutic counseling, direction to others, and development of programs and policies that will benefit groups of individuals who are disadvantaged.

Human Services Students are trained for entry-level positions in such fields as mental health, mental retardation, day care, gerontology, family services, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, and community development.

Human service technicians are responsible in a variety of settings for the daily care and support of people seeking social services. Management of residential homes, work in hospital units, providing case management services, transporting individuals to needed services, monitoring the special needs of children and adults, giving information and making referrals for those seeking assistance with a wide variety of problems are all part of the human service technicians position. Human service technicians are often closely associated with those they are helping, giving intense, daily direction and support.

Human service technicians generally work under senior staff who provide supervision and direction. Trained to listen, form impressions, and accurately document their findings, they are often indispensable in agencies where large numbers of clients are served.

Personal Characteristics: Candidates should be people-oriented and able to interact well with others. Individuals should possess excellent communication and organizational skills and have strong writing skills. Candidates should be flexible and resourceful and be able to collaborate with others.

Program Differences:  The Social Services AA degree is 62 credits and prepares students to transfer to 4 year colleges for pursuit of a Bachelors Degree. Students with the Social Service AA degree are prepared to work in social service agencies in entry level positions.  The Human Services AA degree is 62 credits and prepares students to work in entry level positions in almost all human service agencies, but does not require the specific courses, such as math, needed to transfer to a 4-year institution. The Certificate in Human Services is 31 credits and is suitable for entry level positions with little opportunity to advance. The certificate can easily transfer into the Social Services or Human Services degree program should the student wish to continue beyond the first 31 credits.

Selective Programs. Admission to the college doesn't guarantee admission to the clinical component of the program. 

Length of Program and College Degree Conferred: Social Services The Associates Degree in social services is awarded upon completion of 62 credits and can be completed in 4 semesters. The time for completing these programs depends on the student's need for remedial coursework and the student's study skills.

Human Services The certificate program in human services is 31 credits and can be completed in two semesters. The Associates Degree is awarded upon completion of 62 credits and can be completed in 4 semesters. The time for completing these programs depends on the student's need for remedial coursework and the student's study skills.

Employment Outlook: The field of human services is expected to grow over the next 10 years. Students are generally employed in full-time positions before leaving the program or in the first 4 weeks following graduation. almost all social service agencies have entry level positions which include work as technicians and case managers. Children, women's programs, substance abuse, mental health, mental retardation, and aging all have entry-level positions.

Salary Ranges for Geographical Area: Social & Human Service Assistant - $26,700; Child, Family & School Social Workers - $37,500; Educational, Vocational & School Counselors - $51,300 – median salaries in PA  2012

Educational Advancement: Bachelors (and higher) degrees in social sciences, counseling, and social work. Franklin University offers a BS in Healthcare Management. Shippensburg University has a cohort leading to a BS in social work.

Questions? Contact Wendy Bratina wdbratin@hacc.edu - 717-221-1764

Related Links:
Career InfoNet Videos
National Association of Social Workers (PA Chapter)
National Organization for Human Services
Social Service Network
http://www.humanservicesedu.org
HACC Institutional Research Information  

 

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