The Human Services Associate program trains people to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. Students acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. They learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
General education courses included in the program teach students to better understand social problems. During the second year of the program, students have a fieldwork placement in a human service agency. Travel to fieldwork sites is necessary and is the student’s responsibility. A Caregiver Background Check is required for fieldwork placements. Information obtained from the Criminal History Check may affect the ability to secure a fieldwork placement and the ability to find employment after graduation.
Some of the aptitudes and interests that are essential for human service students include emotional stability and maturity, an interest in working with people, and an appreciation of cultural diversity.
The Human Services Associate program is recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services as a training program for Substance Abuse Counselors. The program is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education preparing students for the Human Services – Board Certified Professional Credential.