What Is Human Services?

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Running head: WHAT IS HUMAN SERVICES? What is Human Services? Candice K. Holt BSHS/302 University of Phoenix August 24, 2009 The Goal of Human Services Human Services is the practice of assisting needy and less fortunate individuals with meeting their basic needs in life. “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” (Martin, 2007) The primary focus of a Human Services Professional is to help people meet their needs that without the assistance of a Human Service Professional, they would…show more content…
Most common supports provided by Human Services professionals now are counseling, advocacy, and care giving. Having empathy is essential for all Human Service professionals, when working with their clients. “Empathy involves the willingness and ability to truly understand a client’s beliefs, thoughts, feelings, and experiences from the client’s own perspective” (Martin, 2007). Being able to understand that most times when an individual is in a crisis, they are only responding naturally to the traumas in their lives will enable the Human Services professional to assist their client more effectively. Interventions are widely used in all areas of Human Services to assist those in need meet their goals of self sufficiency. Some common interventions include reframing, the process of helping someone see a situation in another perspective, and Task-Centered Approach, the process of breaking down the problem into smaller and more manageable goals, that eventually lead to solving the original problem. Determining which intervention to use widely depends upon multiple variables such as; the problem the client is currently facing, their current emotional status, whether they have a support network or not, and their current use of coping skills. If some of the above variables are missing, it has been common practice to address these issues prior to using interventions to address the problem. Ethical Considerations Along with learning various
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