Human Service Worker
Students in the Human Service Worker (HSWR) program are trained in a wide variety of helping interventions so that they may provide direct services to individuals or groups with a diversity of needs. Human Service Workers work in many different service settings integrating and coordinating the efforts of specialized professionals.
The HSWR Certificate program is a 10 month program and is available fully online or in a face-to-face and online combination. A second year HSWR Diploma program is available for students who wish to continue their education for preparation for specialized work in the human service worker field.
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Human Service Workers are trained in basic helping skills essential to the helping relationship. These skills include:
- Observing and recording pertinent information
- Conducting groups
- Implementing treatment plans
- Consulting with other workers and agencies
- Mobilizing and utilizing community resources
- Problem solving
- Advocating for clients
In addition to skill training, the College of the Rockies' HSWR program provides knowledge and values components as the foundation to practice these skills. A major component of human service education is experiential learning or learning-by-doing. Our program provides extensive field-based experiences or practica in a variety of community agencies. Such practica allows you, the student, to integrate knowledge and skills and thereby demonstrate competency.