Human Services

Academic Division of Professional Programs

The Human Services program at Quincy College is geared towards students who are passionate about empowering others, enhancing social functioning, and promoting multiculturalism, social justice and human rights on all system levels. The Human Services curriculum provides students with the appropriate knowledge and skills to work effectively in a variety of community and health care organizations as well as to transfer to four year school. At the completion of the program students will be eligible to take the state licensure examination at the LSWA level. In addition to the degree program, there are three certificate programs within the discipline. The certificates include: gerontology, substance abuse, and human services. The bureau of labor statistics predicts an increase in social work jobs of 12% between 2014 and 2024 and the median pay  for social workers in 2014 was $45,500. (http://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/social-workers.htm).

Download the Human Services Associate in Science Degree overview sheet.

Download the Human Services Certificate overview sheet.

Certificates

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. Specifically, this Certificate program will provide the required education requirements for state licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) (258 CMR 9.05) or as a Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA) (258 CMR 9.06).

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the Certificate in Human Services, the student should be able to:

  • Assess client needs while working as a member of a team of helping professionals
  • Apply appropriate practices and procedures when interviewing applicants for services to obtain data and to provide information on available resources
  • Demonstrate familiarity with services available in the community and how those services relate to
    client needs
  • Demonstrate proficiency in assisting individuals or groups with difficult day to day problems such as finding employment, locating sources of assistance, and addressing other specific problems
  • Provide assistance in helping people identify and utilize specific relevant resources and agencies

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Degrees

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.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Interview applicants for services to obtain data and to provide information on available resources;
  • Assist individuals or groups with difficult day to day problems such as finding employment, locating sources of assistance, and addressing other specific problems;
  • Provide assistance in helping people utilize specific resources and agencies;
  • Assess client needs while working as a member of a team of helping professionals;
  • Be aware of and familiar with services available in the community and how those services relate to client needs.

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Human Services Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • HSV 103
    • Introduction to Social Work
    • 3
    The student will explore, in depth, the concepts of social work, in terms of knowledge, values and skills that are required for an effective introduction to the profession of social work. Special populations, foundational theories, functions and roles of a social worker, as well as emerging issues in society will be evaluated on a multi-systemic level. This course will assist the student in preparing for the state licensure examination at the LSWA level.
    • HSV 200
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
    • 3
    This course provides a conceptual framework for organizing and analyzing knowledge of human behavior and the social environment with a focus on individuals and families. Social systems, life course, and assets and resiliency-based perspectives and theories are presented. Special attention is given to the impact of poverty, discrimination, and oppression on the ability to reach or maintain optimal health and wellbeing.
    • HSV 201
    • Counseling Skills in Human Services
    • 3
    An examination of the helping relationship in individual and group work with emphasis on techniques such as listening skills, questioning, and interviewing. Topics covered include assessment, treatment planning, and techniques of intervention including behavior modification, psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, and cognitive therapies.
    • HSV 205
    • Substance Addiction Counseling
    • 3
    This course covers a variety of techniques and strategies in the successful understanding, treatment, and assessment of chemical addictions. Students will be taught causation including physiological and behavioral consequences, as well as prevention, intervention, and treatment methods from a systems approach. Students will use social work theories to evaluate programs and treatment models. Additional topics include substance abuse in: society, multiple life span stages and diverse population groups.
    • HSV 260
    • Diverse Populations
    • 3
    An overview of the role of human diversity in social work practice. An examination of the differences as well as the similarities of the various populations in American Society. Topics to be addressed are race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Barriers to cultural understanding and valuing diversity will also be explored.
    • PSY 215
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • 3
    This course is a comprehensive study of the major mental disorders as defined by the DSM-IV TR. Etiologies and treatment for each disorder or cluster of disorders will be covered. Major disorders examined include the following: Anxiety disorders, dissociative & somatoform disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, neuropsychological disorders, and disorders of childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
    • PSY 216
    • Growth & Development
    • 3
    This course explores human growth and development across the lifespan, from how the fetus develops a preference for familiar voices, to the adolescent identity crisis, to the development of wisdom in late adulthood. The course is organized around major developmental periods in the lifespan. Contributions of significant developmental theorists are highlighted. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.

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Tel:  (617) 984-1700

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36 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360

Tel:  (508) 747-0400

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