The field of Human Services is rapidly growing and constantly in need of skilled professionals. Blackfeet Community College’s Associate of Arts in Human Services Program prepares students to pursue a career in a variety of helping fields, such as alcohol and drug rehabilitation, behavioral health centers, social service agencies, youth centers, criminal justice facilities, schools, and community outreach programs. The curriculum is composed of courses in Human Services, Psychology, Chemical Dependency and Criminal Justice. In addition to classroom coursework, the program offers hands-on field experience. It is the student’s responsibility to check with their transferring institution to see that, as much as possible, their course work meets their transfer institution’s degree requirements.
The Learning Outcomes from the Human Services degree program are as follows:
To develop knowledge and skills related to human services fields and practice
To develop effective written and verbal skills to accurately and appropriately read, inform and convey information
To apply knowledge and skills critically in the context of living and/or providing services to the Blackfeet Reservation and larger global community
To complete the foundations required to transfer to a four-year program if desired
Human Services Associate of Arts (A.A.)
Human Services/Behavioral Health Psychology
Behavioral Health Aid
Human Services/Behavioral Health Emphasis
If you have a strong desire to help others, a sincere respect for humankind, and a commitment to your own personal growth, you may find a career in human services very rewarding. The Human Services A.A. degree program provides skills-based training, based on a foundation of theory, to prepare you for an entry-level position within a human services agency or transfer to a 4-year institution. This program provides you with a basic understanding of interviewing and assessment techniques, case management, crisis intervention, group counseling, cultural competencies and hands on field experience. Students will also examine the Blackfeet worldview as it relates to the Human Service field.
Chemical Dependency Emphasis
Addiction can take many forms. Individuals today are coping with addictions to a variety of substances and activities, including alcohol, drugs, gambling, shopping, and self-injury. Managing addiction involves more than just identifying available treatment options. Uncovering the internal and external behaviors that cause these disorders is critical to helping individuals who suffer from them.
Through the Chemical Dependency degree program, you can explore current theories about what causes individuals to develop addictive behavior and what can be done to prevent it.
Psychology is the science of the behavior. Students studying psychology may seek to answer questions such as, “what is the impact of losing Blackfeet culture” or “what creates a happy workplace?” The Psychology degree program provides you with a broad understanding and global perspective of psychology and its relevance in an increasingly diverse and global society.
Although answering these questions is meaningful in and of itself, the study of psychology can also lead to tangible careers in mental health services, teaching, business, and research.
Criminal Justice Emphasis
In recent years the Criminal Justice field has grown. Through the Criminal Justice degree program, you will explore cognitive, behavioral, and psychological theories of criminal behavior from the serial killer to the terrorist. Discover and analyze types of victimization and how to work with victims.
Career possibilities for students completing this program include but are not limited to Police Officer (Tribal, BIA, Deputy Sheriff, Security Officer, Parole and Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, United States Customs and Homeland Security.
Behavioral Health Aid 1-Year Certificate
This program will provide the student with basic skills and knowledge in behavioral health competencies. They will be able to utilize their skills with clinical supervision for employment as a behavioral health aide and/or continued training in human services fields; such as psychology, social work, behavioral health, chemical dependency or criminal justice.