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HCC offers the A.S. and A.A.S. degrees in Counseling & Human Services at its Dale Mabry Campus.
The program in Counseling & Human Services prepares students to work in the fields of counseling and human services, social work and rehabilitation. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of community agencies that serve clients of all ages.
Graduates of the program meet the academic requirements to become Certified Human Service Professionals.
Graduates find employment in mental health clinics, halfway houses, drug treatment centers, criminal justice programs, domestic violence agencies, children’s facilities, elder care programs, and in other types of agencies.
Human Services is currently ranked as one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, according to the U. S. Dept. of Labor Statistics.
Roles & Responsibilities of the Human Services Practitioner
“Human Service Practitioner” is a general term for people who hold professional jobs in such diverse settings as programs for the aged, social service agencies, inpatient facilities, day treatment programs, residential facilities, developmental disabilities programs, substance abuse programs, halfway houses, correctional and community mental health centers, and family violence shelters. Depending on the employment setting and the types of clients served, job titles and duties vary.
The primary purpose of the human service practitioner is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible.
A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a career as a human service professional. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively.
Human service practitioners are trained in basic helping skills that are essential for developing a therapeutic relationship with clients. These skills include:
• Observing and recording pertinent information
• Conducting groups
• Implementing treatment plans
• Consulting with other workers and agencies
• Mobilizing and utilizing community resources
• Problem solving
• Advocating for clients
• Case management
Some Examples of the Many Job Opportunities for Our Graduates:
Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Social Services Specialist
Child Abuse Worker
Family Support Specialist
Group Activities Facilitator
Life Skills Instructor
Adult Day Care Practitioner
Mental Health Technician
Intake Assessment Specialist
Juvenile Court Liason
Crisis Intervention Counselor