Degree, Certificate or Diploma
Put your desire to help young people to good use in college as you prepare to become a youth worker by enrolling in Iowa Western’s Human Services Youth Worker program. If you like to work with children through difficult times in their lives, this program is perfect for you. Graduates earn an Associate of Arts degree and can enter this field immediately or transfer to a four-year college to work toward a bachelor’s degree.
This program will instill you with the knowledge and confidence to work with children and adolescents in such settings as residential treatment centers, group homes, crisis shelters, and hospital-based adolescent programs. You’ll get hands-on experience studying teenage and adolescent issues and learn how to help troubled youths handle a crisis.
What will you do
The Human Services Youth Worker program is designed for students with the option of transferring to a four-year institution or entering the workforce in an entry-level youth care worker position. In this program, you learn how to work with children and adolescents in a variety of settings such as residential treatment centers, group homes, hospital-based adolescent programs, and crisis shelters. Qualified personnel are in high demand in many residential treatment programs.
|ENG 105 - Composition I||3.0 Credit(s)|
|PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 259 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 109 - Introduction to Human Services 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 15.0-16.0 Credits
|ENG 106 - Composition II||3.0 Credit(s)|
|SOC 230 - Juvenile Delinquency 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 225 - Counseling Techniques 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 132 - Fundamentals of Case Management 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 16.0 Credits
Semester Total: 3.0 Credits
|SPC 112 - Public Speaking||3.0 Credit(s)|
|PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 115 - Agency and Community Resources 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 190 - Youth Care Issues 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 15.0 Credits
|PSY 224 - Adolescent Psychology 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 180 - Ethics for Human Service Professionals 1||1.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 802 - Internship 1 (2.0 Credits Required)||2.0 - 6.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 226 - Fundamentals of Family Counseling 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
|HSV 228 - Group Counseling Techniques 1||3.0 Credit(s)|
Semester Total: 15.0 Credits
Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0
One elective must also satisfy the diversity requirement.
2 Recommended Humanities Electives:
|FLS 141 - Elementary Spanish I||4.0 Credit(s)|
|LIT 134 - Multicultural Literature||3.0 Credit(s)|
|REL 101 - Survey of World Religions||3.0 Credit(s)|
Upon the successful completion of the program students will:
- Recognize the professional characteristics of a human services worker.
- Demonstrate effective interviewing and counseling skills when engaging clients.
- Compose the written documentation required of a human services case manager.
- Assemble a comprehensive service plan.
- Recognize the dynamics of vulnerable persons and special populations.
- Evaluate community and agency resources.
- Because career opportunities associated with this degree are so varied, salaries vary considerably as well. To explore careers and gather specific salary information, we encourage you to visit the following website: IHaveaPlanIowa