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Counseling and Human Services

Welcome to the Counseling and Human Services website!

Making a Difference in People's Lives

HCC offers the A.S. and A.A.S. degrees in Counseling & Human Services at its Dale Mabry Campus.

The program in Counseling & Human Services prepares students to work in the fields of counseling and human services, social work and rehabilitation. Graduates are employed in a wide variety of community agencies that serve clients of all ages.

Graduates of the program meet the requirements to become Certified Human Service Professionals.

Graduates find employment in mental health clinics, halfway houses, drug treatment centers, criminal justice programs, domestic violence agencies, children’s facilities, elder care programs, and in a variety of other agencies.

Human Services is currently ranked as one of the fastest growing occupations in the country, according to the U. S. Dept. of Labor Statistics.

Roles & Responsibilities of the Human Services Practitioner

“Human Service Practitioner” is a generic term for people who hold professional jobs in such diverse settings as programs for the aged, social service agencies, inpatient facilities, day treatment programs, residential facilities, developmental disabilities programs, substance abuse programs, halfway houses, correctional and community mental health centers, and family violence shelters.. Depending on the employment setting and the types of clients served, job titles and duties vary.

The primary purpose of the human service practitioner is to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in the major domains of living.

A strong desire to help others is an important consideration for a job as a human service professional. Individuals who show patience, understanding, and caring in their dealings with others are highly valued by employers. Other important personal traits include communication skills, a strong sense of responsibility, and the ability to manage time effectively.

Human service practitioners are trained in basic helping skills that are essential for a therapeutic relationship. These skills include:

• Interviewing
• Observing and recording pertinent information
• Conducting groups
• Implementing treatment plans
• Consulting with other workers and agencies
• Mobilizing and utilizing community resources
• Problem solving
• Advocating for clients
• Case management

Some Examples of the Many Job Opportunities for Our Graduates:

Drug & Alcohol Counselor
Rehabilitation Professional
Social Services Specialist
Child Abuse Worker
Family Support Specialist
Residential Counselor
Group Activities Facilitator
Client Advocate
Case Manager
Volunteer Coordinator
Employment Counselor
Life Skills Instructor
Outreach Specialist
Adult Day Care Practitioner
Mental Health Technician
Intake Assessment Specialist
Child Advocate
Juvenile Court Liason
Crisis Intervention Counselor
Gerontology Specialist