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The Human Services Program is a part of the Department of Health Sciences. The Human Services Program is based on interpersonal, multicultural, psychological, social and systems theories and their application throughout the helping process. The Program teaches the use of these theories in a relational context between human services workers and people seeking emotional support, guidance, information, practical assistance and protection.
Human Services Workers with an AA degree are instrumentalists-they get things done. Human Services often has the most contact with people in need than other staff. This is because as instrumental process of helping requires a slow pace, instruction, modeling, and repetition.
The Human Services Programs, coordinated by the Health Sciences Department, lead to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree with a special orientation to the human service and social work profession. Students may select Gerontology or Mental Health. The curricula are designed to prepare students either for career objectives or for transfer to senior colleges.
The Human Services Programs at LaGuardia Community College are dedicated to provide a supportive learning environment through faculty who model the competencies and values of the helping professions. Faculty engages students in collaborative learning environments to nurture and challenge students toward fulfilling their educational and career goals.
The curriculum emphasizes the integration of course work and internships enabling students to assimilate theory in relation to practice. The curriculum links assignments in the field and classroom in order to explore, demonstrate and evaluate specified knowledge, skills, and values related to the field.
This includes tutoring, homework help, education workshops, helping clients to fill out forms, help finding additional services, and assisting other professionals in providing services to clients.
Often students help with activity groups and projects that involve expressive arts, leisure activities and recreation; providing information, making referrals for other services, and speaking to community groups as well as many other types of duties and responsibilities as determined by the Fieldwork Placement supervisor.
The Human Services Program at LaGuardia Community College prepare students for careers that focus on helping people and communities to solve problems and be catalysts for change. The Human Services Program:
Many Students continue their education to become counselors and case managers.
Grades under a C are not passing grades when you transfer to a CUNY or private college bachelor's degree program. It is highly recommended that students take these classes over, while still enrolled at LAGCC. Tuition Assistance Programs will not pay for you to take these classes over. Tuition Assistance will pay for you to take and F graded class over but only once.
The essential functions for Human Services are mainly interpersonal in nature. Human Services Professional with an AA typically work for group homes, senior centers, after school programs day care centers, and day habilitation programs. There area three broad areas of functioning: instrumental, facilitation, and instructional. Fieldwork placements focus on one of these broad areas.
The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 ensure that qualified applicants to public institutions have the ability to pursue program admission however, the applicant must meet certain essential skills as listed bellow with or without reasonable accommodations.
We area a diverse community at LaGuardia Community College. we strive to become a pluralistic community.
We respect diversity as reflected in such areas as race, culture, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, sexual orientation, disability and social class.As a pluralistic community, we will:
EXCERPT/for full code please refer to the NOHS website: www.nationalorganizationofhumanservices.org
Human Services is a profession developing in response to and in anticipation of the direction of human needs and human problems in the late twentieth century. This is characterized particularly by an appreciation of human beings in all of their diversity, human services offers assistance to its clients within the context of their community and environment. Human service professionals and those who educate them, regardless of whether they are students, faculty or practitioners, promote and encourage the unique values and characteristics of human services. In so doing human service professionals and educators uphold the integrity and ethics of the profession, partake in constructive criticism of the profession, promote client and community well-being, and enhance their own professional growth.
The ethical guidelines presented are a set of standards of conduct which the human service professionals and educators consider in ethical and professional decision making. It is hoped that these guidelines will be of assistance when human service professionals and educators are challenged by difficult ethical dilemmas. Although ethical codes are not legal documents, they may be used to assist in the adjudication of issues related to ethical human service behavior.
Section I - Standards for Human Service Professionals
Human service professionals function in many ways and carry out many roles. They enter into professional-client relationships with individuals, families, groups and communities who are all referred to as "clients" in these standards. Among their roles are caregiver, case manager, broker, teacher/educator, behavior changer, consultant, outreach professional, mobilizer, advocate, community planner, community change organizer, evaluator and administrator. [1.] The following standards are written with these multifaceted roles in mind.
STATEMENT 1 Human service professionals negotiate with clients the purpose, goals, and nature of the helping relationship prior to its onset as well as inform clients of the limitations of the proposed relationship.
STATEMENT 2 Human service professionals respect the integrity and welfare of the client at all times. Each client is treated with respect, acceptance and dignity.
STATEMENT 3 Human service professionals protect the client's right to privacy and confidentiality except when such confidentiality would cause harm to the client or others, when agency guidelines state otherwise, or under other stated conditions (e.g., local, state, or federal laws). Professionals inform clients of the limits of confidentiality prior to the onset of the helping relationship.
STATEMENT 4 If it is suspected that danger or harm may occur to the client or to others as a result of a client's behavior, the human service professional acts in an appropriate and professional manner to protect the safety of those individuals. This may involve seeking consultation, supervision, and/or breaking the confidentiality of the relationship.
STATEMENT 5 Human service professionals protect the integrity, safety, and security of client records. All written client information that is shared with other professionals, except in the course of professional supervision, must have the client's prior written consent.
STATEMENT 6 Human service professionals are aware that in their relationships with clients power and status are unequal. Therefore they recognize that dual or multiple relationships may increase the risk of harm to, or exploitation of, clients, and may impair their professional judgment. However, in some communities and situations it may not be feasible to avoid social or other nonprofessional contact with clients. Human service professionals support the trust implicit in the helping relationship by avoiding dual relationships that may impair professional judgment, increase the risk of harm to clients or lead to exploitation.
STATEMENT 7 Sexual relationships with current clients are not considered to be in the best interest of the client and are prohibited. Sexual relationships with previous clients are considered dual relationships and are addressed in STATEMENT 6 (above).
STATEMENT 8 The client's right to self-determination is protected by human service professionals. They recognize the client's right to receive or refuse services.
STATEMENT 9 Human service professionals recognize and build on client strengths.
Academic advisement for students who need to complete developmental skills courses, and who are on probation, is provided by the Health Sciences Academic Advisors. Students can contact academic advisors for additional information or clarification as needed. Contact information for the academic advisors is: