Human Services (Pre-Social Work) Direct Care Practice
Dear Human Service Student/Pre-Social Work Student:
Welcome! As the Curriculum Chairperson for the Human Services Curriculum, I am pleased that you are considering a career in the Human Services and Social Work!
Our curriculum is especially focused on pre-social work. The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs of those who are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty. Social Workers work in every part of our community; in schools, hospitals, shelters, senior centers, universities, social service agencies, clinics, corporations, and in the military.
The human services/social work field ranks among the top 10 fastest growing occupations in America and very wise career choice. The opportunities for employment and/or continued studies are varied and exciting.
For students interested in a four-year degree we have excellent transfer agreements with many schools in the area offering a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW). They are: New York University, Fordham, College of New Rochelle, Concordia, Mercy, Iona, Dominican, SUNY Stony Brook, and Lehman College.
As part of the course requirements you are required to complete two field internships. We place students at over 100 human service/social work agencies for an internship experience including: Westchester Jewish Community Services, Arms Acres, Pleasantville Cottage School, Pleasantville Lab at Westchester Community College, and WESTHAB. These are just a small sample of the agencies where we place students. Students find their internships an excellent practical experience and a wonderful addition to their resumes!
Our students are very active on campus and in the community through participation in the Human Service Club which received the Community Service Award from the Student Senate for volunteer activities at a residential home for abused and neglected children. Club sponsored activities really makes the curriculum come alive!
If you have any questions, please email me at Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen G. O’Brien, LMSW, ACSW, Ph.D.
Instructor, Human Services/Pre-Social Work
Field Coordinator & Curriculum Chair Human Services/Pre-Social Work