Human & Social Services (435)

Southern State Social Services

Offered on: Brown County Campus (Day) & Central Campus (Evenings)

Have you heard our program has an endorsement?

What does this mean for you as a graduate of our Human and Social Services Chemical Dependency degree? You meet the 180 hours of AOD-specific education required by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board! View the verification of the endorsement. Upon graduation, you can apply for the LCDC II. View the LCDC II requirements on the website.

Also, all students who complete the HSSR 1105 Survey of Substance Use Disorders with a letter grade of 'C' or higher meet the Preliminary CDCA. Students can apply for this certificate after completing the course before graduating. Students in both programs qualify for this credential. View more information about the Preliminary CDCA on the website.

Nature of Profession

Human services worker is a generic term for someone with various job titles who may play a variety of roles in community service and agency settings. They may assist clients in obtaining benefits and services or assess the needs and establish the eligibility of clients for services. They may organize and lead group activities, assist clients in need of emotional support or crisis intervention or they may monitor and keep case records on clients and report progress to supervisors. Additionally, human services workers may administer programs such as food banks, emergency fuel programs or work with senior centers or charities.

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Transfer Partnerships

Southern State has articulation/transfer partnerships with many four-year institutions. Find the transfer partnerships for Human & Social Services below.

Program Design

Entry-level courses in the helping professions such as psychology, cultural diversity, sociology, social problems and interviewing techniques will be offered. Specialty classes will include substance abuse, case management, counseling, crisis intervention, mental retardation and gerontology. The program has been designed to meet the course work standards of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board certification as social work assistant. Individuals will be provided opportunities for personal and professional growth through knowledge-based learning, experiential processes, community involvement and 480 hours of practical experience under direct supervision of professionals in local agencies. Persons pursuing a career in human services should recognize that to be successful, they must be emotionally stable, creative and flexible. Human services professionals must be able to work effectively with diverse groups of people and individuals with a wide variety of ages, racial and cultural backgrounds and life situations.

A minimum grade of "C" is required in all courses for graduation. Any required course in which a grade below a "C" is received must be repeated. Life experience credit may not be used to fulfill graduation requirements in this program.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • Establish and maintain effective therapeutic relationships with others.
  • Demonstrate ability to fulfill individual learning objectives of the practicum experience, established collaboratively by the student, instructor, and practicum site supervisor.
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of the basic concepts of generalist human services practice in a variety of social service settings.
  • Use fundamental counseling skills (including active listening, clarification, reflection, summarizing, paraphrasing, and non-verbal responses) in helping relationships.
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately gather information through intake interviews and mental status exams.
  • Explain the major concepts and specific techniques associated with selected major counseling theoretical perspectives. HSSR2210
  • Demonstrate thorough understanding of family and group dynamics and the ability to use basic facilitative skills in the group setting.
  • Demonstrate ability to adhere to professional and ethical standards and demonstrate familiarity with ethical codes.
  • Demonstrate awareness of, sensitivity to, and respect for cultural ethnic and life-style diversity.


Fall Semester | First Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 1110 Introduction to Social Services & Ethical Procedures 3
SOCI 2232 The Criminal Justice System 3
ENGL 1101 English Composition I 3
PSYC 1110 Principles of Psychology 3
MATH 1115 Math for the Business and Social Science 3
HSSR 1140 Racial & Cultural Diversity in the Helping Professions 3

Spring Semester | First Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 1135 Affective Education & Group Process 3
HSSR 1105 Survey of Substance Use Disorders 3
HSSR 1150 Case Management & Writing in the Helping Professions 3
ENGL 1102 English Composition II 3
PSYC 2207 Human Growth & Development 3

Fall Semester | Second Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 2271 Human Services Practicum I 3
HSSR 2265 Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders 3
HSSR 2210 Counseling Theories 3
SOCI 1170 Introduction to Sociology 3
BIOL 1040 Human Biology I 3
BIOL 1041 Human Biology I Lab 1

Spring Semester | Second Year

Course # Course Title Credits
HSSR 2272 Human Services Practicum II 3
HSSR 2211 Counseling Techniques 3
SOCI 1150 Marriage & Family 3
HSSR 2280 Crisis Intervention and Trauma-informed Treatment 3
COMM 1115 Fundamentals of Effective Speech 3
Program Total: 64

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