Human Services: Youth Worker, A.A.

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Council Bluffs Campus

Program Information

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.

Job Outlook

This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

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.


  •  This program is designed for students intending to transfer to a four-year institution upon completion. 

Career Examples

  • Social and Human Service Assistants
  • Child, Family, and School Assistants
  • Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors
  • Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors
  • Healthcare Social Workers
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Rehabilitation Counselors
  • Community Health Workers

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First Semester

ENG 105 - Composition I

PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology

HSV 259 - Introduction to Chemical Dependency

HSV 109 - Introduction to Human Services

Second Semester

ENG 106 - Composition II

SOC 230 - Juvenile Delinquency

HSV 225 - Counseling Techniques

HSV 132 - Fundamentals of Case Management


Third Semester

SPC 112 - Public Speaking

PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology

HUM 287 - Leadership Development Studies

HSV 115 - Agency and Community Resources

HSV 190 - Youth Care Issues

Fourth Semester

PSY 224 - Adolescent Psychology

HSV 180 - Ethics for Human Service Professionals

HSV 802 - Internship

HSV 226 - Fundamentals of Family Counseling

HSV 228 - Group Counseling Techniques

Total Semester Hours Required: 64.0


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Program Outcomes

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.

Program Disclaimers

  • 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