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Human Services

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Transcript of Human Services

Human Services
Why are you here?
Describe to your neighbor:
Why you are in your current major
What jobs or career are you thinking about pursuing
Any past experiences with a Human Service Provide (personal/family, or a volunteer experience.)
Human Services
(According to the dictionary)
Dale Pracht, P.h.D.
Kate H. Fletcher, M.S.

What does that mean?
Human Services broken down
"Programs or facilities for meeting
basic health, welfare and other needs
of a society or group, as of the poor,
sick, or elderly."
Human Services
are activities, programs
and agencies that
address the
physical,
intellectual,
and
social-emotional
needs
of individuals
and
families.
Let's look at:
Muschamp Golf Scramble for Kids
Agencies:

Boys & Girls Club,
Children's Home Society of Florida and
Girls Place, Inc.
Programs:
After school programs,
child abuse and neglect prevention, intervention, and adoption services.
Activities:
Golf Scramble (annual event)

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Child Care
Counseling

Advocacy
Elder Care
Parenting Education
Welfare Case Management
Adoption
Foster Care
& management
Health Care
Policy
Development
Ministry
Housing
Worldwide Non-governmental
Organizations
Youth Development
Juvenile Justice
Disaster Relief
Family Life Education
Nonprofit Management
Public Health Education
The career possibilities in human services are limited only by the needs people in this world have for a helping professional, and we know that the needs of people are without limits.
human services
community services
Proximal

Occur at microsystem and mesosystem

Face to face

Linkage between microsystems
Distal

Occur at exosystem and macrosystem

Community

State

Nation
Human Service Agencies Classified
For Profit
Nonprofit
Public
Provide human services at a cost to the consumer or client

Include hospitals, mental health facilities, substance abuse treatment centers, long-term care facilities for the elderly, assisted living, home car services, adoption, family counseling, and child care.

Serve people who can pay for services.

Provides quality individual, personal care from responsive partners
Promote collective goals rather than maximize profit (Profit placed back into agency)

Sectors: Arts & recreation, social and legal services, education, health, religion, and civic advocacy

Tax exempt
Created by legislation to meet the needs of the citizenry

Funded and managed by government entity

Legislatures identify special needs, sources and levels of funding and target audiences
Dimensions of Human Services
Prevention vs. Remediation
To keep something from happening

Targets macrosystems

Education, Raising awareness, and recommending immediate action

Designed to reduce negative outcomes and enhance positive outcomes

Trying to prevent the problem before it occurs.
To fix a problem that already exists

Targets Microsystem and mesosystem

Case-by-case basis

Counseling, case management, parenting, education, financial training, support groups
Trying to fix the problem while it is occurring.
Public Policy and Human Services
Policies, laws, and funding to support remediation programs are determined at the exosystem level and influenced by the macrosystem.
Exosystem: Policy makers determine funding.
Macrosystem: America's cultural values often conflict with the way to solve the issue.
Goals of Human Services
Minimize negative outcomes
Scope of Human Services
Maximize positive outcomes.
Timing: Point in time when you intervene
Categorical Services:
Address one aspect of a person's situation

Comprehensive Services:
Offer an array of services within their
agency by applying a systems approach
It All comes Down to Money
Cost Benefit Analysis:
Benefits of intervention compared to costs
of intervention
Cost Effectiveness:
Comparison of different means to the same end.
Delivery Models
Professional has all the answers needed to solve the individual or family members problems.
Corrective Model
Collaborative Model
The clients possess the knowledge, resources, and competence needed to solve the presenting problems.

The professional collaborates (works) with the individual or family members to solve the problem.
Barriers
Internal
External

Internal:
Not recognizing you have a problem,
fear, embarrassment, shame or pride
External:
Lack of funding for resources
Not knowing about the programs
Overcrowded program
Lack of criteria
Language
(ex: info about a program is
only written in spanish.)
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