Northwest Community College

Human Services

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes

Mission
The Human Services program provides a combination of general education and specialized courses in Psychology, Sociology and Social Work. It enables the student to acquire the knowledge and experience needed for immediate employment as a paraprofessional in a variety of positions in casework, welfare, mental retardation and other settings which require similar skills. It also prepares the student for transfer to a baccalaureate program in Human Services (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) program. Transfer articulation with several state colleges ensures a smooth transfer from NCCC to the next significant educational step on a career ladder.

For all Human Services degrees and certificates, PSY*, SOC* and HSE* courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher

Faculty
Dr. Charles Kelly, ckelly@nwcc.edu, 860-738-6353

Outcomes
Upon successful completion of all program requirements, graduates should be able to:
1. Write clear and accurate reports.
2. Collaborate with peers and effectively participate in discussions aimed at determining the best course of action in particular problem situations.
3. Effectively use appropriate interviewing and counseling skills to communicate with clients.
4. Participate in case management discussions to determine the application of counseling and psychotherapy theories to specific problems.
5. Articulate the principles of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual which forms the basis of mental and behavioral diagnoses.
6. Read professional journals and relevant literature in the fields of Human Services.
7. Articulate relevant ethical codes and standards with clients as guides for professional behavior.
8. Articulate the legal and ethical requirements of professional practice.
9. Maintain accurate records and develop appropriate documentation required of Human Services workers. 10. Evaluate limits of competency and need for continuing supervision.