Bachelor of Science Degree
WellStar College of Health and Human Services, Department of Social Work and Human Services
The vision for the Department of Social Work and Human Services is to prepare engaged, innovative professionals and global citizens who are educated to enrich the lives of individuals and families and to enhance the quality of communities. The Department’s mission is to educate culturally competent professionals to develop and deliver high quality human services locally, regionally and globally, to improve the quality of life of those they serve. The Department’s mission evolves from its core values that are derived from the values of the University, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), and t Nonprofit Leadership alliance (NLA).core values reflect the values of the University, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Organization of Human Services. These values include academic excellence, quality teaching, student-centered, service, human relationships, social justice, the dignity and worth of the individual, client and community well-being, client participation, self-determination and confidentiality, promotion of ethical standards, integrity, competencey, continuous examination and critique of the profession, and professional growth.
The Human Services (HS) program specifically prepares students to pursue careers in the field of human services in a variety of public, nonprofit, and private human service organizations.. Students may choose a concentration either in a) case management or b) nonprofit management. All human service majors graduate with competencies in communication, assessment, advocacy, documentation, community networking, cultural competence, social policy, civic engagement, and professional/career development. These competencies are established by the established by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).
Human service majors students must complete two internships in the program. The foundation internship (HS 2244) require Sstudents to demonstrate knowledge and skills acquired in Module I classes (HS 2233, HS 2240, HS 2250, HS 2260) by completing assignments and experiences in both micro and macro level practice. Students complete their advanced internship (HS 3398) with a focus on the competencies of their chosen concentration. who select tThe StudentsStudents in the case management concentration focus ondemonstrate the ability to integrate knowledge and skills related to direct practice with individuals, families, children, and groups as well as in crisis intervention settings. In addition they are prepared to work in crisis intervention settings. Students in the who select the nonprofit management concentration developmonstrate management, leadership and administrative competencies to work in the nonprofit organizations. All human service majors graduate with competencies in communication, assessment, advocacy, documentation, community networking, cultural competence, social policy, civic engagement, and professional/career development. These competencies are established by the established by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). Graduates from the HS program may qualify to take the Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) exam for becoming a Human Service Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP). For additional information regarding the HS-BCP, pPlease contact the Human Service Program Coordinator for this information.
The Human Service program supports two certificates: HS majors may choose to participate in the Nonprofit Management and Leadership (NLA) Certification and the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST). Students interested in the nonprofit management certificate Interested students may enroll in this certificate program by must contacting the Campus Executive Director of the KSU Nonprofit Leadership Alliance who is housed in the Department of Social Work and Human Services, and completeing the online application available at www.kennesaw.edu/chhs/swhs. Completion of this Certificate’s requirements resultCompletion of this Certificate’s requirements results in students receiving national certification and credentialing (Certified Nonprofit Practitioner).
Students interested in the HS majors may also choose to participate in the Child Advocacy Studies Training (CAST) Certificate program must contact the CAST Coordinator in the Department of SWHS. This program focuses on developing students’ understanding of the various factors that lead to child maltreatment, and of various existing responses to incidents of child maltreatment to enable them to work more effectively within various systems and institutions that respond to these incidents. Students completing the courses in this certificate will be competent to work within children-focused agencies and systems (health care, criminal justice, social services) while advocating for children who have survived neglect and abuse.