Trinity Western University

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Human Services

Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology

Dr. Ron Philipchalk, Chair
Dr. Michael Wilkinson, Coordinator, Human Services

The Department of Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology offers a Certificate in Human Services (30 sem. hrs.) embedded within the B.A. Psychology, B.A. Sociology, or B.A. Social Sciences programs. Human Services students must fulfil the requirements for the major in one of these degree programs (see the respective program checklists.)

The Human Services program is a set of courses in Psychology and Sociology with an applied focus. The program introduces students to the helping professions and not only equips students to help others, but allows vocational discernment within the helping professions. A Human Services professional is educated and trained to work with individuals and communities experiencing emotional, cognitive, or social problems. Human Services professionals find entry level positions as psychological aides, social work assistants, case workers, youth workers, and community workers; in fields including mental health, wellness, and substance abuse treatment; and in settings such as faith-based social services, group homes, and government agencies.

Students may apply for entrance into Human Services after completing SOCI 201 and SOCI 320. Admission is based upon the following: empathy for people, communication skills, interpersonal skills, insight into personal strengths and weaknesses, commitment to Human Services as a vocation, and strong analytical skills. Only those admitted into Human Services may take SOCI 400, 411, and 420. Practicum settings may include such areas as services to children, to the aged, to the challenged (emotionally, physically, academically, etc.), and to individuals in corrective custody.

The Human Services program at Trinity Western University is recognized by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). CSHSE is an accrediting body in the USA “committed to improving the quality, consistency, and relevance of human service education programs.”

Program Checklists and Requirements:

Psychology Major with Human Services Certificate

Major in Sociology with Human Services Certificate

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