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Stefanie Howe Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Psychology and Human Services
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Human Services

Program Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Services provides students with a broad-based and interdisciplinary education focused on the preparation of individuals who seek a career in a wide variety of professional settings in education, human services, social services, and related fields. The major is specifically designed to encourage students to self-design their major field of study while also completing a core set of courses in the liberal arts and in the interdisciplinary field of Human Services. 

The overarching goals for the Bachelor of Arts in Human Services program are those aligned to the Standards for Human Service Professionals. Specifically, for students to develop an understanding of the Human Service Professional’s Responsibility to clients, the community and society, to colleagues, to the profession, and to employers.

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Minor

Human Services Minor

Students of Human Services are prepared for work in many disciplines including counseling, social work, law, or rehabilitation. The curriculum includes introduction to the diversity and scope of careers of helping professions, development across the lifespan, understanding the relationships between families and communities, and appreciation of culture and diversity. Students may graduate with a minor in human services by taking 18 credits including two upper-level electives from the upper-level elective (300-level and beyond) in courses relevant to the field of Human Services. These elective courses do not necessarily need to be taken in Human Services, however, and can include courses from other programs such as psychology, addiction, social work, education, criminal justice, etc.

Human Services Minor Requirements
Course Number Course Name Semester Completed
HMS 101 Introduction to Human Services
One Developmental Course PSY217 Lifespan Development, or

HMS 205 Guiding Children’s Behavior

HMS 315 Family and Community Relationships
HMS 320 Diversity Issues in Human Services
Upper-Level Elective Course
Upper-Level Elective Course

*300-400 level course in social sciences (e.g. PSY328 or SWK408) not applied elsewhere in the major

Examples of Upper-Level Electives

  • HMS 310 Observation, Documentation, and Assessment
  • PSY 323 Families and Addiction
  • SWK 307 Issues of Diversity
  • PSY 490 Group Dynamics
  • PSY 322 Social Psychology

Health Concentration

A Health Concentration consists of the following courses:

  • BIO 115 – Medical Terminology
  • HMS 202 – Cultural Diversity In Health and Human Services
  • HMS 325 – Family and Community Relations
  • HMS 302 – Chronic Disease and Compliance
  • HMS 303 – Health Informatics, Data Entry and Documentation
  • HMS 401 – Navigating Qualified Health Plans

Curriculum Map

Click here to download the Human Services Curriculum Map.

Program Learning Outcomes

The goals and educational objectives/student learning outcomes are to:

  • Examine the complexity of individual and family development across the lifespan in diverse contexts and changing environments
  • Analyze processes, policies, and contextual factors that affect the delivery of human services to individuals and families
  • Demonstrate professional ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct

Students in this major may opt for the Early Education and Care Certification Minor. There is also a Human Services track for this major.

Internships

Students will participate in an internship seminar course in the semester(s) in which they accrue internship hours and experience. The course is designed to supplement the student’s internship experience, and it also acts as an opportunity to support and supervise student interns.

This list below includes sites where students have worked in the past as well as sites where students could potentially work in the future. Please consult with your academic advisor regarding internships that might be interesting to you.

ABBY’S HOUSE

52 High Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-756-5486
Website

ADCARE HOSPITAL
107 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-799-9000
Website
ACLU
340 Main Street, Room 717
Worcester, MA 01610
508-752-5363
Website
AMERICAN RED CROSS – CENTRAL MA CHAPTER
2000 Century Drive
Worcester, MA 01606-1256
508-595-3700
Website
AUBURN HIGH SCHOOL 

99 Auburn Street
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-7711
Website

AUBURN YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
21 Pheasant Court
Auburn, MA 01501
508-832-5707
Website
 THE BRIDGE OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
4 Mann Street
Worcester, MA 01602
508-755-0333
Website
BRIGHT HORIZONS
419 Belmont Street
Worcester, MA
774-455-5437
Website
BURNCOAT HIGH SCHOOL
BURNCOAT HIGH SCHOOL
179 Burncoat Street
Worcester, MA 01606
508-799-3300
BURNCOAT MIDDLE SCHOOL
BURNCOAT MIDDLE SCHOOL
135 Burncoat Street
Worcester, MA 01606
508-799-3392
CATHOLIC CHARITIES
10 Hammond Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-798-0191
Website
CMHA
7-11 Bellevue Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-791-7265
Website
CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS SPECIAL EDUCATION COLLABORATIVE
11 McKeon Road
Worcester, MA 01610
508-459-5463
Website

 

 CEREBRAL PALSY OF MASSACHUSETTS
43 Old Colony Avenue
Quincy, MA 02170
617-479-7443
Website
COMMONWEALTH OF MA, DPT. OF CHILDREN & FAMILIES
Central Regional Office
25 Winthrop St., Suite 300
Worcester, MA 01604
508-929-2130
Website
COMMUNITY
HEALTHLINK, INC.
72 Jacques Avenue
Worcester, MA 01610
508-860-1260
Website

 

DANA-FARBER
CANCER INSTITUTE
44 Binney Street
Boston, MA 02115
617-632-3052
Website
DAYBREAK RESOURCES
DAYBREAK RESOURCES
YMCA Address:
1 Salem Sq.,
Box 3093
Worcester, MA 01613-3093
Virginia Navickas, Director:
508-755-5371
DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
151 West Boylston Drive
Worcester, MA 01606
508-793-8000
Website

 

DEVEREUX SCHOOL
60 Miles Road
Rutland, MA 01543
Website
 DIOCESE OF WORCESTER
49 Elm Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-791-7171
Website
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRAL
EARLY CHILDHOOD CENTRAL
34 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-792-0220
Website

 

EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CENTER, INC.
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02458-1060
617-969-7100
Website
EDWARD STREET CHILD SERVICES
34 Cedar Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-792-0220
Website
ELDER SERVICES OF WORCESTER AREA, INC.
411 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
508-756-1545
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EVERYDAY MIRACLES PEER RECOVERY CENTER
25 Pleasant Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-799-6221
Website
FAMILY HEALTH CENTER OF WORCESTER, INC.
26 Queen Street
Worcester, MA 01610
Contact – Amy Grassette
(508) 860-7700
Website
FAMILY SERVICES OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
31 Harvard Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-756-4646
Website
FRIENDLY HOUSE, INC.
36 Wall Street
Worcester, MA 01604
Contact – Josefina Velez
508-755-4362
Website
GENESIS CLUB, INC.
274 Lincoln Street
Worcester, MA 01605-2106
508-831-0100
Website
GIRL SCOUTS OF CENTRAL AND WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS
81 Goldstar Boulevard
Worcester, MA 01606
413-584-2602
Website
GIRLS INC OF WORCESTER
125 Providence St
Worcester, MA 01604
508-755-6455
Website
HEAD START
Administrative Office
Taylor Building
770 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01610
508-799-3608; 508-799-3225
Website
HORIZONS FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN
111 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA 01609
508-755-2615
Website
JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF WORCESTER
646 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Contact – Steve Slaten, Ph.D.
508-755-3101
Website
LUK, INC.
545 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-345-0685
Website
MASSACHUSETTS COMMISSION AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
Worcester City Hall
455 Main Street, Room 100
Worcester, MA 01608
508-799-8010
Website
MASSACHUSETTS SOCIETY FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRUELTY TO CHILDREN
Central Regional Office
335 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602
508-753-2967
Website
MONTACHUSETT VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
1050 Westminster Street
Fitchburg, MA 01420
978-345-9200
Website
NEW ENGLAND CENTER FOR CHILDREN
33 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
508-481-1015
Website
RAPE CRISIS CENTER
OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
RAPE CRISIS CENTER OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
799 West Boylston Street
Worcester, MA 01606
Contact – Denise Roy
508-852-7600
SEVEN HILLS FOUNDATION
81 Hope Avenue
Worcester, MA 01603
508-755-2340
Website
SHREWSBURY COUNCIL
ON AGING
SHREWSBURY COUNCIL ON AGING
98 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
508-841-8640
Website
SHREWSBURY YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
240 Maple Avenue
Shrewsbury, MA 01545
508-845-6932
Website
SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION
51 Myrtle St
Worcester, MA 01608
508-753-4105
Website
SOUTH BAY EARLY COMMUNITY SERVICES
548 Park Avenue
Worcester, MA
774-823-1500
Website
SOUTH WORCESTER NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT CORP.
47 Camp Street
Worcester, MA 01603
508-757-8344
Website
SULLIVAN INSURANCE GROUP
One Chestnut Place
10 Chestnut Street
Worcester, MA 01608
800-649-1553
Website
TRI-VALLEY, INC
10 Mill Street
Dudley, MA 01571
800-286-6640
Website
TURN BACK TIME INC.
250 Marshall Street
Paxton, MA 01612
978-760-3707
Website
UNITED WAY OF CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
484 Main Street
Worcester, Ma. 01608
508-757-5631
Website
WAYSIDE YOUTH & FAMILY SUPPORT NETWORK
75 Fountain Street
Framingham, MA 01702
508-879-9800
WOODS AT
EDDY POND
WOODS AT EDDY POND
667 Washington Street
Auburn, MA 01501
Contact – Lori Tombs
508-832-8488; 877-357-5101
Website
WORCESTER ART MUSEUM
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
508-799-4406
Website
WORCESTER COMMON GROUND
7-11 Bellevue Street
Worcester, Massachusetts 01609
508-754-0908
Website
WORCESTER COMPREHENSIVE CHILD CARE SERVICES
160 Tacoma Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-852-3792
Website
WORCESTER COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL
Early Head Start
484 Main Street #200
Worcester, MA 01608
508-754-1176
Website
WORCESTER HOUSING AUTHORITY
34 Tacoma Street
Worcester, MA 01605
508-853-0098
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Meet Our Faculty

Susan Claprood-Wagner

Lecturer
Health & Community Services

Stefanie Howe Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Psychology and Human Services
John Pratico

John Pratico, MA, CAGS, PsyD, LMHC

Assistant Professor of Psychology
Dean of Behavioral and Mental Health Programs
(508) 849-3413

Robin Risso

Lecturer
Psychology and Human Services

Lisa Williams, M.S.

Assistant Professor of Practice/Field Placement Coordinator
Psychology