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Introduction to Human Services
As America’s sensitivity to the needs of all its citizens matures, the demand for professionally trained, human service professionals continues to increase. The Human Services Degree and Certificate programs were developed by MCC and area service providers to meet that demand. The program provides students with the skills and competencies necessary to offer appropriate care and support to clients and to continue to grow personally and professionally. Graduates work in the areas of developmental disabilities, mental health, child and family services, homelessness, acquired brain injury, and others, including the spectrum of services for substance use disorders – from prevention, through intervention, treatment and recovery.
Health, Character and Technical Standards
MCC must ensure that patients/clients are not placed in jeopardy by students during learning experiences. Therefore, students in internships, service learning, and clinical experiences must demonstrate sufficient emotional stability to withstand the stresses, uncertainties, and changing circumstances that characterize patient/client care responsibilities. Furthermore, the student is expected to have the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, other related service providers, and patients/clients and their families.
Human Services students work closely with individuals of all ages in the field. Most internship sites and potential employers will perform background checks through the NH Department of Safety as well as police and potential FBI checks. A student’s driving record will also be examined and considered prior to acceptance of some internship and employment opportunities. The student may be called upon to pay for these background checks.
Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law, depending upon the nature of the problem, may not be employable or even eligible for internships. Applicants need to discuss these issues in an interview or meeting, so that future goals will not be compromised.
MCC’s Human Services programs follow the accepted national standard that recommends a minimum of two full years of sobriety for any prospective trainee in the field of alcohol and other drug use services.
Most internship sites and potential employers will also require physical health examinations, including TB testing. The student may be called upon to pay for these health examinations and/or testing.