Associate in Arts (A.A.)
This program provides an excellent foundation for students planning for a career in the helping professions. Human Service professionals deal with psychologically, socially, medically, physically and economically vulnerable populations that need society’s protections. Human service workers are an important part of that protection and delivery of services and effect change at all levels of society to enhance the well-being of individuals, families, groups, communities and global systems.
The Human Services Program at Guttman has a unique emphasis on human services and social work through a curriculum that combines academics and practical experience in order to explore the basic knowledge, skills, and values of the profession. Students that enter human services consider careers in social work, health care, community advocacy, rehabilitation, law, and education.
We are dedicated to providing you with a supportive and collaborative learning environment to help you work towards your educational and career goals. While in the program, you will have the opportunity to participate in a year-long field placement, which allows you to begin to integrate the knowledge, theory, skills, and professional behaviors that are being taught in the classroom. Students work in hospitals, clinics, service facilities, government agencies, among others.
In addition to a general liberal arts curriculum that serves as a base to help you understand the issues that shape and constrain communities, you will take courses in human services theory and practice, as well as, classes in sociology, anthropology, and political science.
Human service professionals deal with psychologically, socially, medically, physically and economically vulnerable populations that need society’s protections. Human service workers are an important part of that protection and delivery of services and effect change at all levels of society to enhance the well-being of individuals, groups, communities and global systems. The Human Services Program at Guttman is dedicated to providing a supportive, collaborative and experiential learning environment and seeks to nurture and challenge students and to equip and prepare students with the basic knowledge, skills and values in Human services to make a difference in the lives of the clients they serve.
At the core of our program philosophy is a commitment to social justice, service to others through strength-based models of ethical professional practice. The interdependent, dynamic and resilient nature of systems provides a conceptual framework for the curriculum.
Our program recognizes that education should reflect a student-centered process within which students have opportunities for reflective learning along with knowledge and skill development. Intellectual inquiry immerses learners in multiple perspectives, theories, and disciplines, anchoring us in the diverse lived experiences of self and others. With a deep commitment to making a difference, students discover ways to intervene with individuals, groups, and communities and to facilitate processes for systems analysis, problem-solving, advocacy, and social change.
The Human Service Program aligns its mission with the college and the University to provide students with an academically rigorous and supportive learning environment that prepares graduates for baccalaureate study and with the values, knowledge and skills to fill entry-level positions in human services organizations.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Recognizing that Human Services provides both an educational and practical foundation for entry level human services work and/or continued education at the baccalaureate level.
Students in the Human Services Program will be able to:
- Recognize the scope and principal features of the field of study, including its main theories and practices.
- Develop a general understanding of values, beliefs, roles, skills and techniques of Human Services in work with individuals, families, groups within the society and environment (including advocacy and social change when necessary).
- Demonstrate goal planning using the appropriate strategies, services, or interventions.
- Develop and implement a treatment plan using appropriate resources, specialized assistance, and community supports to achieve the desired outcome.
- Formulate a systematic method to evaluate the outcome of services and make referrals as appropriate.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical interaction with a variety of Human Services providers and agencies.
- Describe the effects of one’s own values and beliefs in the role of the human Services worker.
- Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to assess the needs of individuals, families, and groups within the community.
- Identify entry-level employment opportunities in human services and articulate additional degree and licensing requirements for career advancement.
Nicole Saint-Louis, Assistant Professor