Direct Care Practice Certificate
Human Services focuses on meeting the needs of individuals, families, and groups through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of social issues, while maintaining a commitment to human rights and social justice. Completing the A.A.S. will prepare students to enter social work or related fields. The A.S. program prepares students to transfer to a four-year program of study. The Direct Care Practice Certificate is especially useful for those employed in the human services who wish to upgrade their skills and marketability.
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Message from the Curriculum Chair
Dear Human Services Student:
Welcome! As the Curriculum Chairperson for the Human Services Curriculum, I am pleased that you are considering a career in the fields of Human Services and Social Work!
Our curriculum focuses on preparing students for further education and employment in the field of 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 the military.
The social work field ranks among the top 10 fastest growing occupations in America and is a 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: Arms Acres, Pleasantville Lab School, YWCA, 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 Social Work 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, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Human Services
Curriculum Chair-Human Services
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Helen O'Brien
Information about the chair
Office location: Classroom Bldg - 45
Title(s): Curriculum Chair & Field Coordinator
Department/Division: Human Services
- BA. Pace University
- MSW Columbia University
- Ph.D., New York University
- Methods in the Helping Process, Field II
- Human Behavior & Social Development
- Case Management
- Introduction to Research and Statistical Methods
- O’Brien, H. (Submitted 9//27/12). Parenting Styles and the Multi-factorial Influences on Paternal Involvement. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Social Services.
- O’Brien, H. (proposal accepted 2012). Father’s exposure to trauma and its impact on their parenting among nonresident fathers. Clinical Social Work Journal.
- Bradley, C., Maschi, T., O’Brien, H., Morgen, K., Ward, K., (2012) Faithful-but-Different: Clinical Social Workers Speak Out about Career Motivation and Professional Values. Journal of Social Work Education.
- O’Brien, H. (2010). The Intergenerational Transmission of Parenting Styles of Amongst Irish Immigrant Mothers. Journal of Family Social Work. Vol 13(5).
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