Human Services


Why study Human Services?

In a supportive, compassion-centered learning setting, the Human Services discipline at COCC helps students shape and develop their capacity for counseling, empathizing, and empowering. Practicums in clinical settings offer specialized learning in the fields of addiction treatment, substance use disorder, and individual counseling or group recovery facilitation.

"The students who have come to us from the Addiction Studies and Human Services programs at Central Oregon Community College are some of our top students."

Mollie Janssen, LCSW, associate professor of practice and coordinator of Portland State University's Bachelor of Social Work online program

The "open" program — new students can start any term — offers three academic tracks: a two-year certificate, an Associate of Applied Science degree, and an Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer degree with a Human Services focus. Training options are geared toward both CADC-I and CADC-II (Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor) state certifications or advanced learning in social work, psychology, youth work, and related studies. The close-knit program imparts essential skills and strategies to help others, but also conditions students on coping with an emotionally challenging career.


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Program-Specific Information

Human Services prepares students to work for organizations that serve people in need. Students learn the theories, principles, and practice of providing services. Human Services jobs can include drug and alcohol addiction counselor, youth worker, mental health aide, probation officer, and more. These positions provide services to treatment facilities, schools, prisons, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations.

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Career Paths in Human Services


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Student and Alumni Stories


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Faculty Profiles


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Monica Vines
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Professor of Human Development

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