Human Services

Human ServicesProgram Purpose: The Human Services program is designed to assist students in their conceptual understanding of system concepts, theories and techniques that are foundational to the practice of human/social services. Gain an understanding of assessment methods, treatment planning and case management. Also, to develop an understanding of recovery oriented behavior health services.

Program Description: Human Services is a course of study for those interested in employment in such diverse settings as group homes and halfway houses; correctional, develop-mental disability agencies, and community mental health centers; family, child, and youth service agencies and programs concerned with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence, homelessness, aging or other social issues. The primary focus of the human service worker is to assist individual and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living as case managers, advocates, grant writers, youth workers, volunteer coordinators, human resource specialists, fundraisers, trainers, para-educators or advocacy. The Human Services AA and certificate programs are structured around interrelated components including: theoretical foundations/intervention strategies; client population/cultural diversity; research/evaluation; and skill development/field experience. Successful completion of appropriate coursework will enable students to either further their education, seek employment in a variety of social service organizations or both.

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Area Dean: Felicia Duenas
Email: fduenas@vcccd.edu
Office: MCW-315

Department Chair: Dr. Michael Ward
Social & Behavioral Sciences, & Modern Languages
Phone: (805) 289-6226
Email: mward@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-341

Lead Faculty: Ioana Schmidt
Associate Professor of Sociology & Human Services
Phone: (805) 289-6072
Email: ischmidt@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-321

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Gainful Employment Disclosure Student Learning Outcomes by Course

Human Services professionals provide support for individuals and families as they move through the network of social services designed to assist individuals in need. Courses for the Human Services certificate are drawn from a variety of subject disciplines.


Full-Time Instructors:

Andrea Horigan
Professor of Sociology & Human Services*
Phone: (805) 289-6196
Email: ahorigan@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-339
*Will be on sabbatical for Fall 2018

Ioana Schmidt
Associate Professor of Sociology & Human Services
Phone: (805) 289-6072
Email: ischmidt@vcccd.edu
Office: LRC-321