Human Services

Our Human Service Programs can prepare you for mid-level positions in a variety of settings serving diverse populations — at risk youth, the homeless, those struggling with substance abuse, incarcerated youth and adults, people with HIV/AIDS, the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, foster families, and more.

You can start the Human Services Degree or the Chemical Dependency Degree programs fall or spring quarter. For the Chemical Dependency Certificate, you can start any quarter.

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Potential Careers

Social/Human Service Assistant
Case Worker/Case Aide

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Meet One of Our Students

Meet the Instructor

Kathleen Hathaway

Kathleen Hathaway received an associate degree from Tacoma Community College, a bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Puget Sound, and a master’s degree in Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University. She has completed her doctoral coursework with Oregon State University and anticipates graduating with a Ph.D. in Adult Education & Higher Educational Leadership in 2014. For 33 years she has worked as a therapist, supervisor, and director in community mental health, specializing in children, families, sexual assault and post-traumatic stress disorder. She was recognized as Outstanding Faculty for Chapman University in 1999 and Clover Park Technical College in 2006.

Contact Kathleen
kathleen.hathaway@cptc.edu
253-589-5610

What Is Human Services?

The field of Human Services is broadly defined, uniquely approaching the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base. It focuses 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.

Degrees & Certificates

Within our Human Services program, we offer a Human Services Degree with two options (AAT or AAS-T), and two certificates to provide you with the educational opportunities that will best fit your career and educational goals.