Associate of Science

Human Services & Social Work Studies

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Program Overview

Program Overview

In Connecticut, the population is changing and so is the make-up of the traditional family. Single-parent families are becoming more and more prevalent. Family income is commonly below poverty level and parents lack steady, full-time employment. Increasing numbers of mothers are employed outside of the home, the economy is in indefinite despair, class and educational divisions are growing more significant and we are dealing with an aging population. Human service professionals assist with these issues and other common problems that affect people from birth to death.

Program Focus Areas

You may choose from several elective courses to prepare you for your career in Human Services
  • Child Advocacy: focus on advocacy on behalf of children and families. 
  • Disabilities and Mental Health: focus on the disabled and mental health issues as it relates to children, families and adults. 
  • Death and Dying: focus on loss and grief as it relates to life crisis’ including death.
  • Gerontology: focus on elder issues and the care of elders.

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  • Career-oriented students are prepared for beginning positions in human services. Typical positions for which graduates are qualified include: youth services worker, case worker, family support worker, client advocate domestic violence advocate, and elder care worker.
  • Once accepted to the social work programs at CCSU, ECSU, SCSU or WCSU, Social Work Studies graduates who meet the GPA and course grade standards can transfer all 61 credits from NVCC

Earn a certificate

Specialize Certificates are also available to you focusing on Gerontology, Disabilities/Mental Health, Child and Family Services, or Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Quick Facts

Human Services & Social Work Studies Quick Facts

Get on the Path to a Board Certified Practioner Credential
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Human Services Program graduates can apply for a Board Certified Practioner Credential after two years of experience through the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS).

A Seamless Transfer to Keep Going
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Once accepted to the social work programs at CCSU, ECSU, SCSU or WCSU, Social Work Studies graduates who meet the GPA and course grade standards can transfer all 61 credits from NVCC

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Looking to Help Others?

In Human Services you can help improve the quality of life for all people, especially the most needy, by promoting a higher level of independent functioning.As a professional, you will work directly with your clients to help them solve, reduce or limit behaviors that are causing problems in their daily living. Understanding the strengths as well as limitations of your education and training, you will deal with client concerns including self-discipline, family dysfunction, sexuality, self-worth and self-concept, loneliness, violence, displacement, motivation, employment, daily living skills, substance abuse, parenting, anger and abuse.

Professionalize

A degree in Human Services will enhance your skills and increase your marketability in this growing field. Find out more about what Human Services is here.

Individualize your degree

You may choose from various specialized courses that focus on children, adolescents, the disabled and elders. Specialize Certificates are also available to you focusing on; Gerontology, Disabilities/Mental Health, Child and Family Services and Applied Behavior Analysis.

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Program Requirements

Human Services - Pre-Social Work A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge POL*H111 - American Government 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H135 Topics in Contemporary Math or MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics1 3
Scientific Knowledge◊◊ BIO*H105 – Introduction to Biology or BIO*H115 – Human Biology w/Lab 4
Scientific Reasoning◊◊ Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 3-4
Social Phenomena PSY*H111 – General Psychology 3
Written Communication ENG*H102 Literature & Composition or
ENG*H200 – Advanced Composition
3
Program Requirements HSE*H101 - Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H202 - Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
Human Services Elective (HSE*H115, 133, 170, or 171) 3
HSE*H281 - Human Services Field Work2 3
SOC*H101 - Principles of Sociology 3
SOC*H210 - Sociology of the Family 3
SOC*H201 - Contemporary Social Issues or SOC*H221 Social Inequality 3
PSY* H258 - Behavior Modification 3
Gen Ed Elective 3
Any Psychology, Sociology, History or Anthropology 3

Total Credits: 61-62

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1 MAT*H167 has prerequisite of MAT*H137.

2 Placement is required. Students need to contact the program coordinator or the LABSS division office early, prior to the semester they plan to take the course.

MAT*H137 and courses numbered lower than MAT*H137 will not transfer to Connecticut State Universities as Quantitative Reasoning courses.

◊◊ At least one Scientific Knowledge and Understanding OR Scientific Reasoning course must have a lab component.

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Describe how the events of the political, social, and economic climate have shaped the American response to human needs.
  2. Compare and contrast the ecological, functional, and conflict perspectives to understand and analyze social issues such as inequality, alienation, poverty, crime and health.
  3. State the major theories, processes, and research methods important in psychology.
  4. Describe the relationship between politics, research and the establishment of social policy.
  5. Identify the history of treatment, issues and needs of the primary populations that require human services intervention.
  6. Utilize the critical thinking skills necessary to read and analyze current and future trends as presented in literature related to the field of Human Services.
  7. Demonstrate an understanding of how to use the skills of engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination with a diverse population.
  8. Present a well-organized, comprehensive oral report before a group.
  9. Demonstrate behaviors that comply with the ethical standards of the National Organization of Human Services.
  10. Demonstrate an increased awareness of available community resources and the relationships among community systems.
  11. Demonstrate the ability to document information, and present a well-written report that demonstrates critical thinking skills.

CSCU Pathway Transfer: Social Work Studies A.A./A.S.

Competency or
Program Requirement
Course Number and Title Required
Credits
Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications Choose any Aesthetic Dimensions/Written Communications listed 3
Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics Choose any Continuing Learning and Information Literacy/Ethics listed 3
Critical Analysis and Logical Thinking/Written Communication ENG*H101 Composition 3
Historical Knowledge Choose any Historical Knowledge listed 3
Oral Communication Choose any Oral Communication course listed 3
Quantitative Reasoning MAT*H167 Principles of Statistics 3
Scientific Knowledge BIO*H115 Human Biology 4
Scientific Reasoning Choose any Scientific Reasoning listed 4
Social Phenomena SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
Written Communication Choose any Written Communication listed 3
Program Requirements HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
POL*H111 American Government 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I
SOC*H201 Social Problems 3
ANT*H105 Cultural Anthropology 3
General Education Elective - Creativity 3
General Education Elective - Global Knowledge 3
Choose one or two of the following:

HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing

HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I
3 or 6
Unrestricted Electives 1 3-6

Total Credits: 61

Any given course may only be used to satisfy one of the competency areas even if it is listed under more than one.

1Students who have taken MAT*H185 should take 9 credits, and students taking MAT*H186 should take 8 credits. Students should consider beginning or completing work on foreign language requirements not already met in high school and beginning work on minor requirements of some CSUs. They may also complete other State University General Education requirements.

Certificate in Disabilities/Mental Health

Course No. Title Credits
HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H133 Disabilities and Mental Health 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC*H201 Contemporary Social Issues
or
SOC*H221 Social Inequality 3
Elective Psychology 3
HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
PSY*H258 Behavior Modification 3
PSY*H245 Abnormal Psychology 3
HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of a wide range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of social work service, and be knowledgeable about the necessity of a collaborative relationship with
    area support.
  2. Identify the diverse challenges facing people with mental illness, and use effective advocacy strategies to address such challenges.
  3. Describe confidentiality guidelines, and Human Services ethical standards of practice, and recognize his or her own personal limitations and professional behavior as a helper.
  4. State the psychological theories that may help the Human Services Provider.
  5. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have on the developmental disabilities and how to deal with them.
  6. Understand sociocultural dynamics that underlay social issues in America today.
  7. Be knowledgeable about formal and informal assessment practices that reflect both the needs and strengths of disadvantaged people.
  8. Provide disadvantaged people the support and information necessary to build self-esteem and empowerment skills.
  9. Apply knowledge and skills needed to work with people with mental illness in a variety of agency settings.
  10. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination.

Certificate in Child and Family Services

Course No. Title Credits
HSE* H101 Intro to Human Services 3
HSE* H202 Intro to Counseling & Interviewing 3
HSE* H281 Human Services Field Work 3
SOC* H101 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC* H210 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC* H201 Contemporary Social Issues
or
SOC* H221 Social Inequality 3
HSE*H115 Child Advocacy in Human Services 3
PSY* H111 General Psychology I 3
Elective Psychology Elective† 3
PSY* H258 Behavior Modification 3
Total Credit Hours 30

†Directed Electives:

PSY* H203 Child Development

PSY*H204, Child & Adolescent

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all certificate requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of a range of issues that people in need of human services experience.
  2. Utilize critical thinking skills necessary to read and analyze current and future trends as presented in literature in the field of human services and child and family services.
  3. Identify socio-cultural dynamics that underlay issues in American society and politics.
  4. Demonstrate an ability to utilize the skills, and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination with a diverse population.
  5. Present a well organized, comprehensive oral report before a group.
  6. Compare and contrast the ecological, functional, and conflict perspectives to understand and analyze social issues such as alienation, poverty, crime and health.
  7. Describe how the events and influences of the political, social, and economic climate have shaped the American response to human needs and the historical development of social welfare.
  8. Develop an understanding of the expectations of a personal and professional code of ethical standards.
  9. Demonstrate an ability to provide referrals to services, concrete information, and emotional support to clients with a goal of promoting empowerment skills.
  10. Identify causes, consequences and solutions to inequality due to race, age, gender, religion and economics.

Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis

Course No. Title Credits
HSE* H101 Intro to Human Services 3
HSE* H115 Child Advocacy in Human Services 3
HSE* H202 Intro to Counseling & Interviewing 3
HSE* H281 Human Services Field Work 3
SOC* H101 Principles of Sociology 3
PSY* H111 General Psychology I 3
PSY* H258 Behavior Modification 3
PSY* H259 Laboratory in Behavior Modification 3
PSY* H261 Introduction to the Autism Spectrum
or
PSY* H260 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3
PSY* H262 Applied Behavior Analysis 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Identify the major problem areas and client populations in which behavior analysts can intervene.
  2. Demonstrate a beginning understanding of a range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of behavior analytic services and be aware of the necessity of a collaborative working relationship with other professional service providers.
  3. Utilize the skills necessary to read and analyze current and future trends as presented in literature related to the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).
  4. Demonstrate an ability to utilize the principles, skills, and tasks required for engagement, assessment, intervention, and termination with a diverse population.
  5. Describe and evaluate the ways in which datum are collected, applied, graphed, and evaluated.
  6. Describe how the events of the political, social, educational, healthcare, and cultural climate have shaped the response of ABA to the needs of a diverse population.
  7. Consider an intervention’s rational, aims, limitations, practice, the individuals for whom it is intended, the likely outcomes and the evidence for its effects.
  8. Describe evidenced based practices in identification, instruction, and intervention across the life span.
  9. Access information regarding theories, research, medical and legal requirements and their relation to current promising practices in education for individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
  10. Provide varied instruction on and opportunity to practice play and leisure skills and methods and strategies for developing play and leisure skills in individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities.
  11. Explain Applied Behavior Analytic (ABA) procedures used to increase skills and replace problem behaviors in children with ASD including discrete trial, direct instruction, and precision teaching.
  12. Describe the verbal behavior analysis of language.
  13. Understand public and educational policy and legal issues related to ABA.
  14. Develop skills to effectively and objectively observe behavior and complete a functional behavior assessment (FBA).
  15. Select and implement programs targeting behavioral acquisition and behavioral reduction.
  16. Develop strategies to produce behavior change.
  17. Successfully complete the BCaBA Behavior Analyst Task List-Third Edition as published by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board.

Certificate in Gerontology

Course No. Title Credits
HSE*H171 Death and Dying 3
HSE*H101 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSE*H170 Introduction to Gerontology 3
SOC*H101 Principles of Sociology 3
PSY*H111 General Psychology I 3
SOC*H201 Contemporary Social Issues
or
SOC*H221 Social Inequality 3
HSE*H202 Introduction to Counseling & Interviewing 3
Elective Psychology elective 3
PSY*H258 Behavior Modification 3
HSE*H281 Human Services Field Work I 3
Total Credit Hours 30

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Be knowledgeable about the issues surrounding the universal prospect of death and about the mourning process.
  2. Have a beginning understanding of a wide range of diagnoses that relate to people in need of social work service and be knowledgeable about the necessity of a collaborative relationship with area support systems.
  3. Identify social and psychological aspects and processes of aging.
  4. Locate local, state, and federal programs and services available for the solution of the problems of the elderly.
  5. Explain what effects the social conditions in the United States have on the aging.
  6. Understand sociocultural dynamics that underlay social issues in America today.
  7. Provide elders the support and information necessary to build self-esteem and empowerment skills.
  8. Demonstrate the ability to utilize the skills and tasks required for engagement, assessment, case planning, intervention and termination.

Course No. Title Credits
CORE AREA: (Required)
ACC*H113 Principles of Financial Accounting 3
ACC*H117 Principles of Managerial Accounting 3
ACC*H123 Accounting Software Applications 3
ACC*H271 Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACC*H272 Intermediate Accounting II 3
Elect three of the following: (9 credit hours)
ACC*H241 Federal Taxes I
BBG*H101 Introduction to Business
BBG*H231 Business Law I
BMG*H220 Human Resources Management
BBG*H210 Business Communication 9
Total Credit Hours 24

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the use of the concepts and techniques of generally accepted accounting principles in the recording and reporting of financial information.
  2. Describe accounting system procedures and techniques.
  3. Analyze and use financial reports for decision making.
  4. Explain the use of financial information in controlling and evaluating performance.
  5. Use the vocabulary of financial and managerial accounting and economics for communicating.
  6. Explain how budgeting, activity based costing and strategic cost management foster the effective use of resources and help an organization accomplish its goals.
  7. Use computerized spreadsheets and accounting software.

Related non-credit workforce training courses:

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Certificate Programs

Certificate Programs

Want to specialize in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities?

Many individuals struggle with mental illness and or developmental disabilities. Often they are cared for in crisis centers, community residencies, sheltered workshops, halfway houses, social rehabilitation clubs and other agencies specifically designed to serve this population.

In the state of Connecticut 'deinstitutionalization' has given birth to a multitude of settings to provide mental and developmental health care.

This certificate program is designed for students who will work in any of the variety of mental health settings in both the mental illness and developmental disabilities fields.

You will train with professionals and acquire the skills and knowledge to work with and impact this population in a positive way.

The increase in the number of families in crisis and the rising number of maltreated children in our communities make it necessary to have trained Human Services professionals who are skilled and knowledgeable about the unique needs of these populations.  The Child & Family Services Certificate curriculum focuses on such areas as juvenile justice, single-parent families, divorce, sexuality, abuse, neglect, poverty, adoption, child protection, disability services, mental health and cultural diversity.

NVCC offers individual courses and a certificate program in Applied Behavior Analysis.  All ABA courses are taught by Board Certified Behavior Analysts and are accepted by the Behavior Analysis Certification Board for BCBAA certification if the applicant earns their Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field from an accredited university or college.  See www.bacb.com for details on BCBAA certification requirements. 

ABA is a well-developed discipline among the helping professions, with an extensive body of scientific knowledge, established standards for evidence-based practice, specific interventions, recognized experience, and educational requirements for practice.  Professionals in applied behavior analysis engage in the specific and comprehensive use of principles of learning, including operant and respondent learning, in order to address behavioral needs of widely varying individuals in diverse settings. Examples of these applications include: building the skills and achievements of children in school settings; enhancing the development, abilities, education, and choices of children and adults with different kinds of disabilities including Pervasive Developmental Disorders, most notably Autism Spectrum Disorders; and augmenting the performance and satisfaction of employees in organizations and businesses.

Social services for the elderly are provided by many different kinds of agencies with different purposes, client groups, funding sources, and philosophies. The curriculum which leads to the certificate in Human Services, Gerontology Option is designed to provide an understanding of the behavior and needs of older persons.

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Academic & Transfer

Once accepted to the social work programs at CCSU, ECSU, SCSU or WCSU, Social Work Studies graduates who meet the GPA and course grade standards can transfer all 61 credits from NVCC.

Career Paths

Our graduates are successful! You will have experiences giving you opportunities to get hired as a youth counselor, paraprofessional, substance abuse counselor, mentor, residential assistant, case aide, employment counselor, social services assistant, and elderly support services.As a Human Services professional, you will work directly with your clients to help them solve, reduce or limit behaviors that are causing problems in their daily living. Understanding the strengths as well as limitations of your education and training, you will deal with client concerns including self-discipline, family dysfunction, sexuality, self-worth and self-concept, loneliness, violence, displacement, motivation, employment, daily living skills, substance abuse, parenting, anger and abuse. Typical careers in the field include:

  • Youth Services Worker
  • Case Worker
  • Family Support Worker
  • Client Advocate
  • Domestic Violence Advocate
  • Elder Care Worker

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