Human Services


Mirelle Cohen, Ph.D. 
Human Services & Chemical Dependency Program Coordinator, Professor of Sociology
Humanities and Student Services 344

The Human Services program at Olympic College prepares students to serve people in need through community social service organizations.

Human Services professionals assist and support people in managing problems in living that may include poverty, mental illness, child abuse, domestic violence, homelessness, drug abuse, illness, disability, or life transitions.

Interventions focus on both the individual and the environment to promote the highest level of self-sufficiency possible.

Human service workers are employed at a variety of settings that include crisis intervention, assisted living, chemical dependency, mental health, mental retardation, early intervention, group homes, transitional living, social advocacy, victim's assistance, and child welfare. Examples of job titles include Case Manager, Child Advocate, Community Outreach Worker, Behavior Management Specialist, Life Skills Instructor, or Social Work Assistant.The Human Services program prepares students for work as practitioners in social, mental health and addiction service agencies.

The program offers a three-tier certification process:

  • 19 credit Case Aide Certificate
  • 53 credit Certificate of Recognition
  • 60 credit Certificate of Proficiency (Chemical Dependency Professional Certification)
  • 90 credit Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Human Services
  • 90 credit Associate in Technical Arts (ATA) in Chemical Dependency Counseling

We also offer an Associate in Arts (AA) degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency. 

Reviewed 7/02/14