The faculty of the Psychology and Human Services Program strives to develop intellectual and social competencies vital to the meaningful life that contributes to society and humanity.
We view the professional training in our curriculum entirely consistent with this goal. We stimulate self-awareness that permits a glimpse, however fleeting, into the range, depth and complexity of the human experience. With the growth of the healthy self comes the consolidation of personal conviction; with the understanding of other selves comes the tolerance of diversity necessary to negotiate our pluralistic society.
Our pedagogy is grounded in strong professor-student relationships that permit experiential methods. Our students think, feel and do across the discipline. Intense discussion of ethical issues permeates our curriculum. This discussion helps us clarify values, endure ambiguity and sensitize us to the concerns of our time.
We aspire to leave our students poised to learn, confident that they can assimilate the knowledge and skills essential to functioning in a rapidly changing profession and world. All students do field placement at one or more human service agencies. This experience integrates cognitive knowledge and incipient professional skills with the "real world" of human service work. It invariably initiates the transition toward career exploration.
Human services is a generic term that encompasses an array of service delivery systems and target populations. Our graduates are well prepared for entry-level work and are quite successful in obtaining positions. The student who is interested in a career is advised to pursue graduate study that leads to licensure. This is typically a master's degree in counseling that leads to the Licensed Professional Counselor license, or the MSW that leads to the Clinical Social Work license. Some students continue on to doctoral work, usually in a helping discipline.
The program has required internships for 30 years, therefore we have well-developed relationships with a variety of local agencies serving a wide range of human service populations. The overarching purpose of the practicum is to provide an exposure to the "real world" of human service work through the simulation of entry level employment. It is a capstone experience intended to integrate the material and skill acquired in the curriculum as well as develop a professional identity.