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Get a Human Services Degree & Prepare Yourself to Work with Others When speaking of a human services degree, we are talking about an area of study in the humanities and social sciences. In some colleges and universities, the degree program falls under the health services department. Various disciplines fall under these descriptions, as we shall see in this article. In this field entails an interdisciplinary knowledge base approach which focuses on several factors including: 1. Focusing on the prevention and well as remediation of problems those members of society may be experiencing. 2. Improving the quality of life of clients and service recipients. 3. Improving accessibility, accountability, and coordination of service delivery by professionals and agencies. Human services degree programs are available at different level study. These include the following: Certificate in HS Administration, Bachelor of Science in HS with an emphasis in Gerontology, Master of Science in Human Services with an emphasis in Counseling and Therapy, and the Doctorate in Human Services with a focus on Management of Nonprofit Agencies. Certainly these are just a few examples as there are various other concentrations that one can pursue. As mentioned, this degree takes on an interdisciplinary approach, and focuses on working with various populations like mentally and physically disabled clients, low-income families, the elderly, substance-dependent clients, mentally and physically abused clients, and others. Thus, a program of study may include lessons work in areas that include psychology, counseling, criminal justice, child development, grant writing and fund raising, legal issues related to human services, intervention tactics, program management and evaluation, and social work curricula. It is also likely that you will be required to complete an internship or practicum lessons to gain practicable skills in the field.

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There is a host of titles that holder of the human services degree can take on. This non-exhaustive list includes the following: Case Worker, Family Support Worker, Alcohol Counselor, Adult Day Care Worker, Client Advocate, Probation Officer, Case Management Aide, Drug Abuse Counselor, Life Skills Instructor, Youth Worker, Social Service Aide, Child Advocate, Gerontology Aide, Community Outreach Worker, Mental Health Aide, and many more. Many of these positions are available via state and local agencies such as private care providers, non-profit organizations. The title and responsibilities are associated with the particular area of employment, level of study, for example bachelor or master degree level, and years of related work experience. All in all, human services careers are based on the premise of helping members of society, regardless of age and other demographic factors, including children, adults, families, and senior citizens to overcome hurdles they may be going through. According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, the HS field is between that continue to grow steadily, and the number of social and human service assistants are projected to increase by close to 23% between 2008 and 2018. This rate is much faster than the average for other occupations. The growth in the field is likely fueled by an aging population that is living longer, better health care opportunities, and increased demand for mental health, alcohol, and substance abuse treatment. Hence, with a human services degree, you can join this profession and work directly with clients or in management services.

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