Human Services

Associate Degree
10-520-3

The Human Services associate program at Blackhawk Technical College trains students to provide information, support, care and advocacy in a human service agency. Students will acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities and will learn to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. General education courses included in the program develop in students a to better understanding of social problems. During the second year of the program, students will have the opportunity to participate in a Field Experience in a human service agency. 

  1. Develop and maintain supportive, strength-based helping relationships that foster growth and problem solving in those being helped.
  2. Apply skills to the development of care and treatment plans and interventions.
  3. Demonstrate advocacy and professional and ethical standards.
  4. Provide services in a culturally competent manner.
  5. Develop respectful relationships with staff, clients, families and communities.
  6. Demonstrate effective oral communication with staff, clients and families.
  7. Communicate clearly in written reports.
  8. Write a grant to fulfill identified specific community needs.
  9. Demonstrate assessment and treatment knowledge and skills and strategies for people with substance abuse and mental health problems.

Associate degree graduates are ready for a range of professional positions in the field of human services including:

  • Case Manager
  • Community Support Worker
  • Substance Abuse Counselor in Training
  • Income Maintenance Worker
  • Information and Referral Specialist
  • Intake Worker
  • Outreach Worker
  • Prevention Worker
  • Resident Manager
  • Volunteer Coordinator

With additional education and/or work experience, graduates may find employment as:

  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Program Director
  • Social Worker
Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
520-100 Introduction to Human Services 3
520-101 Community Resources and Services 3
520-102 Introduction to Gerontology 3
801-198 Speech 3
809-198 Introduction to Psychology 3
 Credits15
Semester 2
520-103 Interviewing Principles & Documentation 3
520-104 Racial and Cultural Diversity in Human Services 3
520-105 Intro to Addiction and Substance Abuse Disorders 3
520-106 Professional Practices in Human Services 3
809-196 Introduction to Sociology 3
 Credits15
Semester 3
520-107 Field Experience / Human Services 1 3
520-108 Children and Family Services 3
520-109 Group Facilitation 3
520-110 People with Disabilities 3
801-195
Written Communication
or English Composition 1
3
 Credits15
Semester 4
520-111 Field Experience / Human Services 2 3
520-112 Human Services Organizational Operations 3
520-113 Rehabilitation Services 3
520-114 Victimology 3
804-107
College Mathematics
or Intermediate Algebra with Applications
3
 Credits15
 Total Credits60

General Education Courses Within Program

801-195Written Communication3
or 801-136 English Composition 1
801-198Speech3
804-107College Mathematics3
or 804-118 Intermediate Algebra with Applications
809-198Introduction to Psychology3
809-196Introduction to Sociology3

Associate Degrees and Technical Diplomas are part of a larger model of BTC’s Career Pathways which link related academic programs in sequence.  Each program within a career pathway offers direct job preparation and a path to the next level of academic programming.  To view the connected program model, visit the Human Services career path (PDF).