Human Services

Human Services

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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Students acquire the skills, values, and ethics necessary to become effective human services workers. Learning occurs in the classroom and in human services internships located in agencies throughout Berkshire County. Graduates are prepared for employment as beginning level human services professionals or for transfer to a baccalaureate programs in human services and related fields. Students who plan to transfer to a Bachelor of Social Work program should select the Human Services A.S. Social Work Transfer Concentration. This is a Joint Admissions eligible program. Program Advisor: Audrey Ringer, LICSW, ext. 4571. EXPECTED OUTCOMES Graduates of this program should be a ble to: work as beginning level professionals, or succed as transfer students in an accredited Bachelor of Social Work program: demonstrate a commitment to the well being and quality of life of the clients being served: know and follow the Human Services Code of Ethics know and use beginning level professional skills, including conducting a strengths based assesment, making effective referrals, developing helping relationships with individuals and familes, providing relationship based counseling, facilitating a group, documenting in agency records, and understanding and appreciating diversity.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    624

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    823

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    46000

    per Year

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Curriculum

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a degree in this program , a student must complete tyhe 62 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program Credits

HSV 111 Human Services Methods 3
HSV 135 Introduction to Community Resources 3
HSV 280 Group and Professional Development 3
HSV Field Work Seminars and Practicums 11
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
PSY 204 Human Growth and Development 3
PSY 208 Interviewing and Counseling 3
SOC 105 Introductory Sociology 3
SOC 208 Contemporary Social Problems 3
SOC 212 Social Welfare and Social Policy 3
Specialized Elective (3) 3

41


General Education Credits

COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT Mathematics (1) 3
General Education Elective (2) 9

21


Total Credits 62


Additional Requirements

Core Competencies Portfolio 6 Items
Forum 12 Units
Health/Fitness 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Averages
(overall and area of specialization) 2.000

Area of Specialization:All required HSV Courses, PSY 107 and SOC 105
2.000




SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will varyaccording to each student's individual needs.


First Semester

Credits



HSV 135

Introduction to Community Resources

3

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3

SOC 105

Introductory Sociology

3

COM

Communication

3

ENG

English Composition/ Writing







15



Second Semester

Credits



HSV 111

Human Services Methods

3

HSV 151

Field Work Seminar l

1

HSV 161

Field Practicum l

2

PSY 204

Human Growth and Development

3

Specialized Elective (see footnote 3)

3

ENG

English Composition/ Writing

3







15





Third Semester

Credits



HSV 252

Field Work Seminar ll

1

HSV 262

Field Practicum ll

3

PSY 208

Interviewing and Counseling

3

SOC 208

Contemporary Social Problems

3

General Education Elective (see footnote 2)

3

Mathematics (see footnote 1)

3







15




Fourth Semester

Credits



HSV 253

Field Work Seminar lll

1

HSV 263

Field Practicum lll

3

HSV 280

Group and Professional Development

3

SOC 212

Social Welfare and Social Policy

3

General Education Electives (see footnote 2)

6







16



(1) BUS 105, Business Mathematics; MAT 101, Applied Conteporary Mathematics or any course with the "MA" General Education designation.

(2) General Education Electives chosen from two or more of the following: Hisotry, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural or Physical Science,Environmental Studies.

(3) Specialized Elective Chosen from courses designated ECE, HSV, PSY, or SOC; or CRJ 108. SOC 216 is recommended for students who may transfer after graduation.


NOTE: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical services. See Criminal Offender Record Information Checks in the BCC Catalog or CORI/SORI link.