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Human Services & Rehabilitation Online

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

This major is designed to advance students working in a wide variety of social, medical, rehabilitation, and human service settings, as well as those intending to move directly into support and human service jobs upon completion of the degree or certificate. The primary purpose of the human services professional is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living. This program will prepare students to meet human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. This program incorporates and supports the twelve national standards set by the Human Services Research Institute, accepted as the highest expectations in the field.

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (2014) “Employment of social and human service assistants is projected to grow 22% from 2012 to 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations.” Students will develop the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively in a wide variety of direct-service roles and would be qualified for entry-level positions or advancements within agencies.

Program Objectives:
1. Effectively perform empathic listening, observation, assessment, and interactional skills with individuals, groups, families and communities.
2. Employ appropriate assessment theory and delivery models in prior planning, execution, and follow-up of interactions with clients and families.
3. Evaluate levels and availabilities of community resources to assist and support clients.
4. Apply appropriate and specific skills designed for effective interaction and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities.
5. Advance the independence, integration, and full participation of individuals with rehabilitation needs in the workforce and the community.