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    Jun 22, 2024  
2020-2021 | Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 | Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Social Services | A.A.S.

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Career Outlook  

Transfer Agreements 

The Social Services program prepares students for entry-level work assisting professionals in social service agencies. A demanding yet rewarding field, social services exists to help people of all ages deal with a variety of challenges, traumas, concerns and dilemmas. Students interested in this program should possess the desire to help others and the inner strength to effectively intervene in crisis situations, make as­sessments, problem-solve, and effectively manage time, documentation and stress. Students will receive a solid foundation in the social behavioral sciences and complete 420 clock hours of internship experience. Graduates with a “C” or better in all course work will be qualified to seek application with the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board to become a state registered Social Work Assistant, which provides a legal scope of practice and may expand job opportunities. NOTE Graduates will not perform the same functions as professional social workers, counselors or therapists, but can expect to provide valuable and meaningful service in diverse social service setting, empowering individuals, families and communities.

Some possible careers include ►
advocate, case manager, chemical dependency technician, job coach, social work assistant, family service worker, residential assistant, mental health technician, outreach worker and case aid 

Program Outcomes ►
The student will
exhibit awareness of his/her personal value orientation, motivations, strengths and limitations and how such may impact thinking, behavior and relationships within a “helping professions” career;
evaluate his/her level of commitment to the social work profession;
demonstrate respect for individual worth and the rights of others;
maintain professional relationships with consumers that encourage active participation, autonomy, personal empowerment, healthy boundaries and self-determination;
demonstrate an understanding of human systems, their basic operational patterns at the individual (micro), group/family (mezzo) and community/organizational (macro) levels, and generalist social work practice and intervention methods associated with these levels;
use effective interpersonal communication skills, demonstrating active listening, appropriate verbal/non-verbal responses and basic competency in written and spoken English;
demonstrate basic problem solving skills, accurately assessing/prioritizing consumer needs and establishing appropriate intervention goals/objectives;
utilize available community resources, making appropriate referrals, serving the consumer as advocate and broker;
effectively participate in groups;
understand the unique role, responsibilities and boundaries of the social worker or social service assistant vis-à-vis the “professional ” worker; and
demonstrate ethical conduct, based on the “Code of Ethics” of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Standards of Ethical and Professional Conduct of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board.

Semester 1

  ENG 121S Composition I       3     ►Take developmental math in Semester 1.
►PHI 123S is recommended by BSW programs.
►Advisor and student agree on schedule for Semester 2.
►Suggested courses for optional 3-6 credit hour summer enrollment: COM 121S, ENG 122S, MTH 125S and SOC 121S.
  HUM 121S Introduction to Humanities  OR     3    
  PHI 123S Introduction to Ethics           
  PSY 121S Introduction to Psychology     3    
  SSV 111S Introduction to Social Work    3 C  
  SSV 112S Social Service Interview Skills/Methods   3 C  
  Computer Elective1 1    
  Credit Hours 16    
  1To be chosen from CIS 101S, CIS 102S, CIS 103S or CIS 104S.  

Semester 2

  ENG 122S Composition II    3     ►Suggested courses for optional 3-6 credit hour summer enrollment: COM 121S, PSY 221S, PSY 227S and SOC 225S.
►Apply for Internship I.
  MTH 125S General Statistics    3    
  SOC 121S Introduction to Sociology   3    
  SSV 113S Introduction to Social Welfare     3 C  
  SSV 213S Group Work in Social Services       3 C  
  Credit Hours 15      

Semester 3

  COM 121S Fundamentals of Communication      3     ►Meet with Career Services.
►Apply for Internship II.
  PSY 227S Life Span Developmental Psychology      3    
  SOC 225S Marriage & Family Relations     3    
  SSV 214S Chemical Dependency & Addiction Studies   3 C  
  SSV 291L Internship I Experience   2 C  
  SSV 291R Internship I Seminar    1 C  
  Credit Hours 15    

Semester 4

  PSY 221S Abnormal Psychology   3     ►Submit graduation application.
►Advisor reviews student education plan to ensure graduation readiness.
►ECO 120S or PLS 121S is recommended by BSW programs.
  SSV 211S Social and Cultural Diversity   3 C  
  SSV 212S Crisis Intervention Methods   3 C  
  SSV 217S Social Work Documentation & Case Mgmt.   3 C  
  SSV 292L Internship II Experience    2 C  
  SSV 292R Internship II Seminar   1 C  
  ANT 121S Introduction to Anthropology  OR   3    
  ECO 120S Fundamentals of Economics  OR       
  PLS 121S American National Government             
  Credit Hours 18    

Total Credit Hours | 64

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