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Help others help themselves...

This expanded program offers students the opportunity to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree in Human Services or a Human Services Certificate. Courses help students develop knowledge and skills in counseling and interviewing; leading and facilitating groups; psychosocial theories for various work settings; discussing client behavior; documentation and understanding professional ethics and legal issues.

The Human Services curriculum is designed for students who are:

  • Working in human resources, sales or other job areas, and seeking to enhance their skills and ability to work with people
  • Preparing for a bachelor's or master's degree in the social services field
  • Interested in related paraprofessional and entry level jobs
  • Starting a new career or changing careers

The Human Services curriculum prepares students to work in a variety of therapeutic, recreational and learning environments, including:

  • Residential and day programs for youths and adults
  • Shelters for abused women or the homeless
  • Programs for the developmentally disabled
  • Mental health and crisis centers
  • Geriatric centers
  • Hospice and respite care

To learn more, contact Marvin Bornschlegl, Coordinator, Human Services and Substance Abuse Counseling Programs, at 847.635.1845, or mbornsch@oakton.edu.