Human Services is a profession that equips practitioners to serve clients in a variety of professional service settings and outreach organizations. Human Services draws from a multitude of social arenas and enables practitioners to collaborate with doctors, medical staff, police, detectives, social workers and others professionals who help clients manage the complexities of their lives. Practictioners understand the diverse relationships and circumstances of clients’ lives and assist in their challenges, sometimes intervening for citizens experiencing substance abuse, crime or other victimizations.
Like any other discipline, the field of Human Services requires students to think critically and write effectively. Writing assignments allow students to demonstrate Standard Written English competencies and communication skills appropriate to various tasks.
Human Service practitioners aim to understand the larger contexts of individual and family circumstances to explore how the psychology of general human behavior as well as economics, race, class and gender may be involved. They write for various audiences, perhaps advocating for clients in clinics, out-patient centers, hospitals, nursing homes. Practitioners publish articles for their peers’ review; they may write to politicians to support policy revision; they may gather research related data to present at conferences; and, as college professors, they prepare lectures and course plans.
Graduates of the human services program are prepared to assist clients in coping successfully with a variety of developmental concerns and in solving problems resulting from personal, social, and environmental stress. Graduates may be employed to work with a variety of populations including mental health, intellectual disabilities, substance abuse, aging or gerontology, domestic violence, youth service, correction or criminal justice, health care, recreation or fitness, and vocational rehabilitation. Graduates are qualified to work in a wide range of settings, including community services boards, social services, residential services, day support services, hospice programs, career and vocational counseling, and a variety of other non-profit settings.
Types of jobs for human services majors include Case Worker, Family Support Worker, Child Abuse Worker, Community Outreach Worker, Social Service Liaison, Mental Health Aide, Residential Counselor, Behavioral Mgt Aide, Intake Interviewer, Case Management Aide, Eligibility Counselor, Social Work Assistant, Psychological Aide, Adult Day Care Worker, Life Skills Instructor, Assistant Case Manager, Residential Manager, Social Service Aide, Group Activities Aide, Probation Officer, Case Monitor, Rehabilitation Case Worker, Child Advocate, Juvenile Court Liaison, Gerontology Aide, Community Organizer, Home Health Aide, Therapeutic Assistant, Youth Worker, Halfway House Counselor, Parole Officer, and Social Service Technician
The challenge for students is to think like Human Service practitioners and learn how to address writing tasks as advocates and supporters.
Research Papers and Writing Conventions in Human Services
Research in Human Services relies on the APA method of documentation: