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Transcript of 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.)
(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."
are activities, programs
and agencies that
Let's look at:
Muschamp Golf Scramble for Kids
Boys & Girls Club,
Children's Home Society of Florida and
Girls Place, Inc.
After school programs,
child abuse and neglect prevention, intervention, and adoption services.
Golf Scramble (annual event)
Welfare Case Management
Family Life Education
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.
Occur at microsystem and mesosystem
Face to face
Linkage between microsystems
Occur at exosystem and macrosystem
Human Service Agencies Classified
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
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
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
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
Address one aspect of a person's situation
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
Comparison of different means to the same end.
Professional has all the answers needed to solve the individual or family members problems.
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.
Not recognizing you have a problem,
fear, embarrassment, shame or pride
Lack of funding for resources
Not knowing about the programs
Lack of criteria
(ex: info about a program is
only written in spanish.)