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The Human Services program is designed to prepare direct-service workers for employment in public and private agencies. The course of study offers an interdisciplinary combination of both theory and the practical applications of theory, including two internships that serve to expose students to the realities of their chosen field.
Students are offered a variety of options. Associate Degree options are available in General Human Services, Addictions Counseling, and Therapeutic Recreation and Deaf Services. One-year certificate programs are offered in Addictions Counseling, Therapeutic Recreation and Deaf Services. Completion of the associate degree or one-year certificate in Addictions Counseling leads to partial fulfillment of the requirements for certification by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). Completion of the associate degree or one-year certificate in Therapeutic Recreation leads to eligibility for certification by the Consortium for Therapeutic Recreation Activities Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Assistant (TRA/TXC).
Students completing the programs can seek employment, depending on their specialty area, as chemical dependency counselors, assistant social workers, therapy specialists in treatment facilities, activity directors, therapeutic recreation assistants, community program leaders, teacher aides, and other human services providers. Although the degree is designed to prepare students for immediate employment, many students choose to continue their human services education at four-year colleges. Since not all colleges accept vocational/technical courses for transfer, students should consult with the Department Chair for Human Services prior to enrollment.
The length of time to complete a program of study will vary by student based on the specialty area, number of courses taken per semester, and willingness to take courses in both classroom and distance learning formats.