Human Services Frequently Asked Questions
For more information on specific courses in the programs, open the Human Services overview in the College Catalog.
In order to start the first semester of internship you must have been in the Human Services Technology Program for at least two semesters and have completed at least 12 hours of curriculum classes, including HSE 123 Interviewing Techniques; you must also have permission from the program coordinator and class instructor. Go to the Work-Based Learning for more information.
Listening is important in human services work. Certain courses in the Human Services Technology programs focus on the development of listening skills, including HSE 123: Interviewing Techniques and SAB 120: Intake and Assessment.
Human services workers avoid giving advice, since their commitment is to helping people help themselves. The National Organization for Human Services Education states that the profession is “dedicated to interdisciplinary education and integrated services …. focused not only on remediation of problems, but on meeting basic human needs and advocating for change in the systems that affect the lives of our clients." People of all ages – and from all kinds of backgrounds – go into human services.
Sometimes people go into helping professions to resolve unfinished issues of their own. While sharing similar experiences can at times be beneficial, it is critical that professionals avoid assuming that clients have had the same experiences. Professionals must maintain appropriate boundaries with clients in order not to do harm.
Some classes are available in online or hybrid format, which means that about half the class content is presented online and the other half in the classroom. Other classes require face-to-face contact and instruction that allows for interaction and practice of techniques. Visit Online Courses / Distance Ed. Support for more information.