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.
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.