Mission

The Human Services program provides a combination of general education and specialized courses in Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. It enables the student to acquire the knowledge and experience needed for immediate employment as a paraprofessional in a variety of positions in casework, welfare, mental retardation and other settings which require similar skills. It also prepares the student for transfer to a baccalaureate program in Human Services (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program. Transfer articulation with several state colleges ensures a smooth transfer from NCCC to the next significant educational step on a career ladder.

For all Human Services degrees and certificates, PSY*, SOC* and HSE* courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher

Degrees

Human Services

Coursework This is the suggested course sequence for full-time students who aim to graduate in two years. SEMESTER 1 ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits HSE* 101 Introduction to Human Services - 3 credits MAT* Mathematics Elective - 3 credits PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology - 3 credits SEMESTER 2 ENG* 102 Literature & Composition - 3 credits PSY* 104 Psychology of Adjustment - 3 credits HSE* 202 Introduction to Counseling/Interviewing - 3 credits HSE* 235 Professional & Ethical Issues in Human Services - 3 credits CSA* 105 Introduction to Software Applications

Certificates

Human Services

The Human Services certificate is a career program designed for students seeking to develop skills necessary for employment in the field of Human Services. All courses transfer to the Associate Degree in Human Services. The student is provided with the knowledge and experience needed for immediate employment as a paraprofessional in a variety of positions in casework, probation, mental health, geriatric counseling, welfare, mental retardation and other settings which require similar skills. CAREER OPPORTUNITIES: ♦ Counselor in a Residential Treatment Center ♦ Case manager with a welfare department ♦ Health care worker in a nursing home ♦ Direct worker with the physically and

Contact

Program Coordinator: Charles Kelly, 860.738.6353

Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Write clear and accurate reports.
2. Collaborate with peers and effectively participate in discussions aimed at determining the best course of action in particular problem situations.
3. Effectively use appropriate interviewing and counseling skills to communicate with clients.
4. Participate in case management discussions to determine the application of counseling and psychotherapy theories to specific problems.
5. Articulate the principles of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual which forms the basis of mental and behavioral diagnoses.
6. Read professional journals and relevant literature in the fields of Human Services.
7. Articulate relevant ethical codes and standards with clients as guides for professional behavior.
8. Articulate the legal and ethical requirements of professional practice.
9. Maintain accurate records and develop appropriate documentation required of Human Services workers. 10. Evaluate limits of competency and need for continuing supervision.

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