You can turn your dedication to helping others into a career with a Human Service Associate degree at Gateway Technical College. Human service associates help people enduring difficult times or help them decide what additional services they may need. Human service associates work closely with social workers and other various human service agencies. They help determine what type of help a client might need, help with daily activities, coordinate client services and research available services. Gateway’s Human Service program consists of a unique combination of study including various aspects of human services and general education, and also requires students to complete 300 hours of field experience in a community human service agency. Courses cover interviewing, recordkeeping, counseling, abnormal psychology, professional ethics, addictions, working with special populations and grant writing.
Graduates may find careers as residential care facility staff, mental health technicians, outreach workers, family advocates, case managers and social work assistants.
Human service associates help clients in daily activities, coordinate services for clients and monitor clients to ensure they are receiving proper treatments and services. Associates can work in government, non-profit and other service-based industries.