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285 Jay Street
Academic Complex 805 (A-805)
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Welcome to the Department of Human Services
The Human Services Department of New York College of Technology educates students to be change agents, working with individuals, groups, and communities.
What is Human Services?
Human Services is a profession that is a learned craft, coupled with the social, cultural, economic, political and biological aspects of a society. In addition, individuals, family and communities are often the focus of agents in need of services, which a human service professional can provide. To deliver these services, the human service student is exposed to various professional and liberal arts learning at CityTech, where the associate and bachelor human service degree curriculum aids in this important preparation. Students then apply this knowledge to quality direct practice, using their educational skills in multiple employment arenas of their choice.
A degree in human services prepares students to work in the large field of social services. This can include attending to disorders (developmental/intellectual, physical, mental health/substance use), child and family welfare, older adults/gerontology, victim related services, social/legal advocacy and several at- risk/vulnerable populations in need of well-being. CityTech offers curriculum in health, mental health, counseling, case management, advocacy, entitlements, cultural competency, internship field practice, research and management-all which establish a foundation for community based practice in multiple facets of service delivery.
Human service students showcase their professional skills in settings which often include hospitals, behavioral health centers, nursing homes, schools, shelters, community based agencies, and within public health and social justice initiatives. Students utilize their skill set to conduct intakes, assessments, treatment plans, referrals, lead groups, complete research and data collection, counseling, promote community needs, prepare grants, budgeting and advocacy, as well as understanding the navigation of the larger social service system. Students practice these skills in four semesters of internship and acquire knowledge of the operation of community based agencies, as well as the types of care and services a human service worker can provide.
Often, the Human Services Associate Degree student will transfer early into the Bachelor of Science Degree program, recognizing the increased educational and employment opportunities that support the profession. Afterwards, many graduates pursue higher education in related fields: Masters in Social Work; Mental Health Counseling; Disability Services; Clinical Psychology, Education; Guidance, Public Health and Public Administration.
The comprehensive, generalist, human services curriculum at CityTech prepares students for an all inclusive experience in field, from pursuing experiences as a counselor, outreach worker, residence manager, social worker, probation officer, disability specialist, addictions counselor, patient advocate, recreation worker, health educator, advocate, to graduate student, the human service degree 'opens doors' that have a common mission, and educational requirement. Since the field is broad, students have several options to hone their acquired human service skills, and an associate degree-leading to the bachelors-is one of the best preparations.
Our degree programs are accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.
Human Services Department Statement of Program Philosophy
The New York City College of Technology, Human Services Department trains students in the theory and practice of human services to become reflective practitioners and change agents, supporting multiple facets of health, while working from case to cause to have a positive impact on individuals, families, and communities.