Human Services

Certificate of Proficiency

This program is designed for both professionals wishing to stay current or students wishing to enter the field. Human Service advocates or specialists work in the areas of health, education and human services. The courses develop a strong theoretical foundation and practical skills to prepare students for a career in the human services field.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, successful students will have demonstrated the ability to apply their skills and knowledge in the following ways:
  1. Recognize inter-personal dynamics that may challenge family or group relationships. Challenges may include addiction, violence, sexual assault, poverty, loss, chronic health problems, disability, and aging.
  2. Recognize indications of substance abuse and be familiar with the disease concept and treatment protocols.
  3. Based on a thorough assessment, create a service plan that maximizes individual and family strengths, respects ethnocultural values, and addresses the needs and challenges of the individual and/or family.
  4. Effectively communicate orally and in writing in ways that minimize conflict and maximize clarity with diverse people.
  5. Work collaboratively with others (family members/agency representatives) to solve problems and resolve conflicts.
  6. Access and use a variety of resources and services that match the needs of the individual or family.
  7. Analyze and evaluate one’s personal strengths, values and biases that may positively and/or negatively impact the ability to work with others.
  8. Given a variety of circumstances and personalities, apply an understanding of human development and human behavior that is holistic, non-judgmental, and strength-based.
  9. Give and receive constructive feedback as a means of continuous personal, professional and system improvement.
  10. Coach and mentor others. Others include co-workers, colleagues, and family members.
  11. Behave professionally and ethically which includes being respectful, reliable, culturally sensitive, respecting a client’s personal boundaries, the rules of confidentiality, and adhering to mandatory reporting laws.

Gainful Employment

Gainful Employment regulations passed by the federal government require colleges to disclose how certain programs (i.e., programs that meet certain criteria) prepare students for "gainful employment." Click on the link below to view gainful employment information for this program.

Human Services - Gainful Employment Disclosure Template


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Course List

Required CoursesCredits
ENGL&101English Composition I*5

Choose one of the following two courses:
BMGMT140Business and Personal Mathematics*5
ECED164Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed*5
MATH&107Math in Society* (or above)55

Technical Core
Choose one of the following two courses:
CMST&210Interpersonal Communication*5
CMST253Intercultural Communication*55
HSSA&101Intro to Addictive Drugs*5
HS105Substance Abuse Prevention*3
HS107Intro to Human Services*5
HS110Diversity, Ethics & the Law*3
HS275Human Services & CDP Practicum 1*5
SOC109Family Abuse and Neglect*3

General Emphasis
HS112Case Management for CDP*3
HS122Suicide Risk Assessment & Management*3
HS125Child Advocacy (CASA Training)3
SOC135The Family5
Total Credits Required53

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2013-2014 Olympic College Catalog, Gainful Employment 11/14/11