The Human Services Field : An Interdisciplinary Knowledge Base

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According to National Organization for Human Service human services is defined “uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations. The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.” The Human Services field is a vast career, full of multiple different avenues of helping. Careers such as: Psychologist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Occupational Therapist, Child Welfare Case Worker, Social Services Administrator, School Social Worker, Substance Abuse Counselor, Sociologist, Probation Officer and Grief Counselors. These are just some examples of the careers that the field of Human Services has to offer and there are many more that are not listed. Although the opportunities are endless I have decided to seek a career in the mental health field. Specifically, I want to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I will discuss what this position entails, the education that is needed to obtain a job in this profession, and the salary opportunities that are available both locally and nationally. I will talk about some of the history of mental health as
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