The Human Service Program prepares you to work after graduation in a wide variety of positions: as addictions counselors, mental health workers, teacher’s assistants, case managers, wellness educators, activity directors with older people, community workers, etc.
In addition, our Program provides seamless transfer to Frostburg State University where you can enter Bachelor’s degree programs in social work and psychology. Other transfer options are available as well including a special 3 + 1 Bachelor’s degree program with St. Francis University.
There are two phases to our Program: General Education and Clinical. In order to enter the Clinical Phase (a four semester sequence of skills classes), you must apply to the Program and be accepted. Clinical courses are offered only at our Cumberland campus; however, general education course requirements may be taken at any of our campuses or online, as available.
One of the most valued aspects of our Program is that we offer a learning community where you are part of a four semester cohort of 13-20 students and 2 faculty who form a close, supportive learning environment. Our students feel accepted, connected, and motivated to grow personally and professionally.
The Human Service Associate Program has been accredited every five years since 1982 by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
Successfully work as an entry level, associate degree professional in the helping fields
Be proficient in the communication, interpersonal, ethical, and technical competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) needed to work (professionally as healers and agents of change within a diverse and global world.
Utilize self-awareness, self-care (wellness), and career decision-making skills to work effectively on the job and to participate in life-long learning activities.
Demonstrate leadership and active citizenship skills to advance social justice and to build healthy communities.
Workforce Readiness Competencies: Successfully complete 3 field placements with over 460 hours of supervised clinical experience and meet all competencies required for graduation on the Professionalism Assessment Scale
Written and Oral Communication Skills: read, write, speak, and listen effectively
Professionalism/Work Ethic: act ethically, interpersonally, and professionally so as to reflect respect for self, clients, colleagues, the profession, the worksite, and the community.
Core Helping Skills: apply the core helping skills (listening, assessment, counseling and interviewing, group work, advocacy, CBT, solution focused therapy, leadership, team work, case management, and community work to client, agency, and class room projects and problems.
Self-Awareness: utilize behaviors and attitudes that demonstrate self-knowledge of one’s values, strengths, growing edges, and cultural biases in the professional use of self and in the development of an effective career development and lifelong learning plan.
Workforce Wellness: demonstrate and utilize mind/body skills for self-care and renewal and communicate healthy coping techniques for clients and co-workers.
Social Action & Civic Engagement: utilize leadership skills to collaboratively address and resolve political, social, and community problems and promote social justice and a sense of community across differences.
Our experienced, knowledgeable faculty are excited to share their expertise with you and prepare you to succeed in the diverse field of Human Service Associate.