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Human Services is comprised of those fields involved in the prevention and remediation of social and personal problems of a diverse clientele. Human service professionals perform in a wide range of occupations and in a variety of settings including community health centers, community mental health centers, group homes and halfway houses, nursing homes and substance rehabilitation centers. They help individuals, families, or groups cope with problems such as homelessness, inadequate housing, serious illness, disabilities, unemployment, lack of job skills, financial mismanagement, unwanted pregnancy, or family disruptions.
The Human Services A.S. is designed to transfer into Bachelor of Social Work Programs. Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:
■ Analyze the historical context of current social problems.
■ Identify the variety of casework methodologies used in direct service settings.
■ Apply basic ethical principles in the practice of social work.
■ Demonstrate familiarity with the Ecological Systems Theory approach to the dynamic interactions between micro, mezzo and macro systems in the life of the individual.
■ Recognize the relationships among socio-cultural factors, economic factors and social problems.
■ Identify the major current social service delivery systems.
The Human Services AS at SCCC is designed for students who wish to transfer into 4-year Bachelor of Science programs. In September 2008, the governor and state legislature created a law that established a statewide transfer agreement for students transferring with a degree from a New Jersey community college to a New Jersey public four-year college or university. Students can now seamlessly transfer their academic credits from a completed community college Associate of Arts (A.A.) to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or from a completed Associate of Science (A.S.) to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree program at New Jersey’s public four-year colleges and universities. Our Counseling & Advising Center can help you with transfer questions. More information on this opportunity is available at njtransfer.org.