The Human Services (General) program is accredited by The Council for Standards in Human Services Education (CSHSE).
What is Human Services? (HMSV)
The Human Services program prepares the student for entry-level positions in public and private community agencies and institutions involved with helping professions. The human services worker is prepared to work as a team member, generally working under the direction of a professional, in providing help to the client. See Nebraska Health and Human Services for more information.
Is it for you?
Those working in the human services or chemical dependency counseling field have specialized training as a helping professional. They hold a variety of positions, whether in residential care, correctional facilities, substance abuse treatment facilities, homeless shelters and food banks, organizations dedicated to children and families, poverty and employment services, child and elder care operations, mental health agencies and domestic violence efforts. Their role may include helping others obtain services, monitoring and keeping records, organizing or leading group activities, assisting clients in mastering everyday living skills and modeling healthy behaviors for residents or clients.
For more information on how and where MCC Human Services graduates are working, please see 2015 Survey Results - Human Services and CD Counseling.
Jobs and Salary Expectations
During 2012-13, Human Services program graduates earned an average income of $61,292*. Chemical Dependency graduates earned an average wage of $64,424*. In 2012-13, approximately 33 percent of the graduates were employed in health care and social assistance.
For 2013-14, Human Services program graduates earned an average income of $49,448*. Chemical Dependency graduates earned an average wage of $67,320*. In 2014-15, approximately 48 percent of the graduates were employed in health care and social assistance.
*The Human Services program offers certificates and an associate's degree in applied science. Many higher paying positions in the field require advanced certifications and a master's degree. Employment figures are derived from a report in the Nebraska Department of Labor.
The program meets the standards established by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Alcoholism, Drug Abuse and Addiction Services for certification as a Provisionally Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor (PLADC).
The Associate Degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling at MCC prepares the student for what is known as the PLADC. This is a provisional certification for a person who has documented the standards for provisional under 209 NAC and who holds a valid license issued by the Department. Once a student has been in the field and has 6000 direct client contact hours, the student may apply for professional certification or PLADC. PLADC also involves a written examination and an oral case presentation.
This provisional status may be granted once and held for a time period not to exceed six years. An individual may not render services under this status without clinical supervision. Provisional status is granted for the purpose of obtaining a PLADC. An individual may not represent himself or herself as a Provisional Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor unless he/she holds a valid license issued by the Department.
The total cost for certification is $175.
If the student already has a degree and wants to get qualified, they would need to take the following courses:
LMHP PLADC DUAL CERTIFICATION
The state of Nebraska is encouraging the Licensed Mental Health Practitioners (LMHP) to seek dual certification as substance abuse counselors by taking HMSV 1140, HMSV 1160 and HMSV 2130.
Students who wish to enroll in the following three courses to obtain dual certification must provide proof of a master's degree in counseling or a related field and/or their LMHP number verified by the state to have the course prerequisites waived.
For more information on any of the General Human Services and/or Chemical Dependency Counseling degrees, certificates or certifications, please call 531-MCC-2400 to schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.
- Cynthia J. Cusick, B.S., M.S., CSW 531-MCC-2581
- Dawn Bacon Naumann, B.S., M.S., CSW 531-MCC-2466
- Michael Rush, B.S., M.S., CPC, LMHP 531-MCC-2365
- Human Services - General (HSAA2) - associate in applied science, prepares student for entry-level positions as a team member in public and private community agencies and institutions involved with helping clients
- Human Services - General (HSGCE) - certificate of achievement, provides an overview of human services, which includes helping skills and techniques, case planning and management, professional ethics and issues
- Human Services - Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDAA1) - associate in applied science, focuses on theoretical and practical knowledge in working with chemically dependent individuals and their families
- Human Services - Chemical Dependency Counseling (CDCC1) - certificate of achievement, provides an overview of human services, which includes helping skills and techniques, case planning and management, professional ethics and issues
Human Services Program Manual 2016-17
Human Services Practicum Application - First Practicum
Human Services Practicum Application - Second & Third Practicum
Human Services Practicum Application - First Practicum - Summer
Human Services Practicum Application - Second & Third Practicum - Summer
John Vautravers Memorial Scholarship
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
- Must have completed 15 credit hours in HMSV prefix courses
- Must have completed at least 30 credit hours that apply to the Human Services or Chemical Dependency degree
- Explain interest in Human Services program, desired goals and experience in community service work
Credit Classes and Registration
Gainful Employment Information
The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that "Prepares students for Gainful Employment in a recognized occupation." The following are Gainful Employment program(s), meaning they are certificate program(s) that are intended to lead directly to employment. We hope that this information is helpful to our current students and to prospective students as they make their career and educational choices.
Human Services - Chemical Dependency (CDCC1) - Certificate of Achievement
Human Services - General (HSGCE) - Certificate of Achievement