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 ethno-cultural 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


Advisor Office Phone
Cohen, Mirelle Humanities & Student Services 344 360.475.7553

Course List

Required Courses Credits
ENGL& 101 English Composition I* 5

Choose one of the following courses:
BMGMT 140 Business and Personal Mathematics* 5
ECED 164 Mathematics for Early Childhood Ed* 5
MATH& 107 Math in Society* (or above) 5 5

Technical Core
Choose one of the following two courses:
CMST& 210 Interpersonal Communication* 5
CMST 253 Intercultural Communication* 5 5
HSSA& 101 Intro to Addictive Drugs* 5
HS 105 Substance Abuse Prevention* 3
HS 107 Intro to Human Services* 5
HS 110 Diversity, Ethics & the Law* 3
HS 275 Human Services & CDP Practicum 1* 5
SOC 109 Family Abuse and Neglect* 3

General Emphasis
HS 112 Case Management for CDP* 3
HS 122 Suicide Risk Assessment & Management* 3
HS 125 Child Advocacy (CASA Training) 3
SOC 135 The Family 5
Total Credits Required 53

*See course description for prerequisite.

Source: 2014-2015 Olympic College Catalog, Gainful Employment 11/14/11