Darton State College Social Science Division Human Services Technology
Human Services Technology
What is Human Services?
The Human Services Technology Program is accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). The HST Program is the first and only two-year human services program in Georgia to receive national accreditation.
What it is?
Human Services is the "high-tech" humanity component of the health care system. The technology lies in the worker herself/himself. Human services as a profession involves meeting human needs and helping people with problems in living from the cradle to the grave -- the very young, the elderly, people with mental or physical disabilities, victims of crimes or natural disasters, people with HIV/AIDS, drug and alcohol addiction and many others. A human service professional can range from a disaster relief worker to a psychiatrist -- depending on how much education one chooses to acquire.
Human services workers find jobs in community health and mental health centers, family, child and youth agencies, group homes, public health, agencies that work with individuals with a range of disabilities, and agencies or programs dealing with alcoholism, drug abuse, family violence and aging.
Human services professionals make a difference while making a living and have their own lives enriched through helping others help themselves.
- Unconditional positive regard for all
- Respect for individual uniqueness
- Commitment to diversity and cultural competence
- Servant leadership
- Helping people to help themselves
- Collaboration, teamwork and partnership
- Advocacy for self and others
- Orientation to assets rather than deficits
- Bio-psychosocial-spiritual approach
- Emphasis on wellness, prevention, health education and promotion
- Community and context oriented
- Lifelong learning
- Commitment to professional and ethical standards