HUMAN SERVICE WORKER
The Human Service Worker Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform essential, entry-level Human Service Worker tasks in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve.
Human Service Workers are non-professional, entry-level workers who provide services to clients under the supervision of counselors, social workers, nurses, and/or other professionals. Human Service Workers may be members of a team to work with little direct supervision. Typical duties include: determining and referring to appropriate human service agencies; assisting in the application for benefits and other social programs; providing transportation; providing training in daily living skills; co-facilitating individual, family and group counseling sessions; advocating for clients before social and government agencies; and maintaining case records and reports.
Employers prefer potential Human Service Worker programs to have completed post-secondary certificate training (usually a minimum of 12-18 units at a community college or occupational training program) and who have some on-the-job experience, such as is provided by cooperative work experience or an internship class. This program meets these employer needs, and gives students a clear employment advantage over untrained, inexperienced job applicants.
The Human Service Worker program is, for many, a first step on a career path. It is an important step in an academic path, as well. Many of the courses in the Human Service Worker program may be applied to the Human Services Paraprofessional Certificate and Degree programs for those students who want to continue with more advanced study, and who are interested in seeking more complex and challenging employment opportunities. Students who receive their Human Service Worker Certificate can continue their studies in the HUS Paraprofessional program while employed.
HUS 101 Introduction to the Helping Professions (3 units)
AOD/HUS 152 Basic Skills for Human Service Workers (3 units)
HLH 55 Applied Health Education* (3 units)
AOD/HUS 154 Fundamentals of Interviewing & Counseling (3 units)
AOD/HUS 156 Case Management & Documentation (3 units)
HUS 103 Field Placement and Practicum (1.5 units)
HUS 197A HUS Program Practicum** (2 units)
Total units required for Certificate: 18.5
* HLH 200: Health Education or HLH 103: Women’s Health may be substituted.
** HUS 197A: HUS Program Practicum - Alternate Plan (2 units) may be substituted.
Program Level Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete a Human Service Worker Certificate of Achievement will be able to:
- Perform essential, entry-level Human Service Worker tasks in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve.
- Understand the role of a Human Service Worker as a member of a team involving various professional and paraprofessional staff.
- Communicate with co-workers, supervisors and clients, orally and in writing, in a professional, concise and effective manner, using appropriate professional terminology.
- Use clinical supervision and other appropriate feedback and support systems to identify and resolve inter- and intrapersonal and professional challenges that arise while working with clients.
Gainful Employment Information
This information is provided to prospective students to help them make a better, more informed decision about a certificate program.
CIP Code: 44.0000
(Note: You may use the CIP code as a way to identify and compare similar programs at different colleges which may have different names.)
CIP Program Description: Human Services, General
Program Name: Human Services Worker
Program Level: Certificate of Achievement
Program Length: 2 semesters
The following table lists the ONET Code and ONET Title (SOC) for occupations related to this program
|ONET Code||ONET Title (SOC)
||Social and Community Service Managers
Estimated Cost of Program: $851.00 
Estimated Cost for Textbooks and Supplies: $418.09 
Mendocino College does not offer on-campus housing.
Number of students who completed this program between July 1, 2011 and June 30, 2012: 6
Because of the low number of students completing this program, Mendocino College does not report:
- The percentage of completers with student debt;
- The median cumulative debt for completers in this program;
- The amount of Federal student loan debt;
- The amount of Private loan debt;
- The amount of Institutional financing plan debt;
- The number of students who completed the program within the normal program time;
This information is not reported in compliance with FERPA regulations.
Program length is expressed in semesters. There are two 17-week semesters each year, one in the Fall and one in the Spring. Length of time is calculated as the number of semesters it would take a student to complete the program unit requirements if they enrolled at the minimum full-time level of 12 units per semester. Students may be able to accelerate their progress by enrolling in more units per semester or enrolling in Summer session, if courses are available. Time to complete the program may be longer than the normal program length if a student requires remedial course work.
 Program cost is estimated based upon current unit cost (Fall 2012) of $46.00 per unit plus any additional Course Material Fees for required courses. Additional required fees are also included.
Textbook cost estimate is based upon retail cost of new textbooks purchased through the Mendocino College Bookstore. A student's actual cost may vary based upon the availability of used textbooks, rental textbooks or electronic text books.
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Created: June 14, 2011 @ 07:09 AM
Last Modified: June 27, 2012 @ 11:26 AM