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Alice Walker
Program Director
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440.525.7216
Office
C-2077
Email
awalker@lakelandcc.edu


Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services (PDF)

Social Science &
Public Service

The Profession
Career Outlook and Salary
Program Philosophy
Program Goals
Program Objectives
Links To The Profession
Opportunities For Continued Professional Study
Program Information
The Profession
Human service workers 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 are generally an interdisciplinary collaborative process that focuses 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.
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Social and human service assistants are among Ohio's fastest growing occupations.


Social Science & Public Service Technologies Program Guide [PDF]

Career Outlook and Salary

Social and Human Assistants are among Ohio’s fastest growing occupations over the next six years according to the Occupational Trends Bulletin distributed by the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services. Employment opportunities are expected to grow by 33.5% at an average annual salary of $26,500. The demand and salary range in the four county area surrounding Lakeland is slightly higher.
The demand for Substance Abuse & Behavioral Disorder Counselors is expected to grow by 34% in Ohio over the next six years at an average annual salary of $38,530. The demand and salary range in the four county area surrounding Lakeland is slightly higher.

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Program Philosophy

Lakeland's Human Service Program is based on a generalist approach as outlined in the "Community Support Skills Standards" developed by a coalition of organizations central to the human service field to meet the changing needs of the profession. Courses focus on learning and demonstrating the core body of professional knowledge, values, attitudes, and skills appropriate for an entry-level position in a wide range of settings. In addition, the program offers opportunities for focused study in the areas or developmental disabilities/mental retardation and activity professions. Curriculum options include an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Human Services.
In recognition of the increasing need for human service professionals to be certified and/or licensed, Lakeland's Human Service Program covers topics suggested in State of Ohio application requirements for Social Work Assistant, Chemical Dependency Assistant, and as registration standards for County Boards of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. Information related to these State certifications can be found at the professional links listed below.

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Program Goals

The Lakeland Human Service Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level paraprofessional and technical positions in a wide variety of human service agencies serving a diverse range of clients as well as provide a firm basis for the continued professional growth of individuals already in such positions.
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Program Objectives
  Lakeland's Human Service Program offers students opportunities to earn certification in areas such as social work assistant, MRDD specialist, and chemical dependency assistant. This program will provide students with opportunities to:

1. Develop competencies that assist them in performing productively in human services agencies;
2. Acquire knowledge that increase their ability to work effectively in human service agencies;
3. Explore the dimensions and importance of professionalism at all levels of human service organizations;
4. Enhance professional and personal dedication to excellence and service;
5. Foster commitment to the field of human services based on the belief that all humans are capable of growth and have a fundamental right to dignity, respect, and self-determination;
6. Cultivate appreciation for the value of cooperative effortsand increase abilities to work on a team to serve individual and community needs;
7. Understand the importance of continuing education to professional growth and career success;
8. Expand general knowledge and skills in ways that enrich personal and professional lives.

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    Links to the Profession

Social Work Assistant http://cswmft.ohio.gov/
Chemical Dependency Assistant http://ocdp.ohio.gov/
Mental Retardation/Developmental Disability http://odmrdd.state.oh.us/
Ohio Administrative Code 5123:2-5-01 & 02; 5123:2-5-05, 5123:2-5-07
Ohio Administrative Code 3701-17-07, 3701-17-09

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Opportunities For Continued Professional Study

Lakeland currently has a formal articulation agreement with the social work program at Ursuline College whereby all credits transfer and apply to degree requirements. Students may also transfer credits to other four-year colleges. Fifty-seven percent of degree requirements are contained in the Transfer Module and easily transfer to colleges throughout Ohio. Local Bachelor’s Degree programs in Social Work also consider transfer of the core human service courses.

Lakelands’ Continuing Education Division offers half-day and full-day workshops of interest to a wide range of human service professionals to fulfill licensure renewal requirements for continuing education.
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Program Information

For information about admission to the Human Service Program, call Lakeland's Admissions Office at 440.525.7100.

To find out about careers in the human service field and the program's curriculum requirements, call the Human Service Program Director, at 440.525.7216.

Visit the Human Service web page at www.lakelandcc.edu/humanservices

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