Health and Human Services

Degree Planning Resources

Guidelines and Course Maps

As you work with your mentor to develop your degree program, make sure to consult the Detailed Guidelines for Community and Human Services (CHS) below.

Develop your degree program (log in required)

Other Resources

 

 

Prior Learning Assessment

If you are considering prior learning assessment, you have two options. The first is to identify a topic with your mentor and write an essay on this topic. The essay should contain a brief description of your experience(s) with the topic, any trainings/readings/workshops that you have done for it, and what you have learned about the topic. When describing what you have learned, it helps to think about how you would describe what you did or what you know to someone else.

The second option is to use one of our structured guides. For each guide, you would follow the directions to copy and answer the questions. (list the guides)

Other Resources

The Empire State College Online Library has a number of resources specific to Human Services, including career resources, information on job growth in the field, and help in thinking about graduate school.

Addiction and Dependency PLA (PDF 90kB)

Adolescents and Addictions PLA (PDF 83kB)

Advocacy PLA (PDF 89kB)

Case Management PLA (PDF 87kB)

Child Abuse and Neglect PLA (PDF 80kB)

Child Welfare PLA (PDF 81kB)

Communication in Human Services PLA (PDF 116kB)

Community Health PLA (PDF 86kB)

Community Service PLA (PDF 81kB)

Contemporary Issues in Healthcare PLA (PDF 86kB)

Contemporary Issues in Human Services PLA (PDF 86kB)

Crisis Intervention PLA (PDF 94kB)

Delivering Human Services PLA (PDF 81kB)

Disabilities in America PLA (PDF 88kB)

Diversity in Human Services PLA (PDF 112kB)

Documentation in Human Services PLA (PDF 87kB)

Elder Abuse PLA (PDF 106kB)

Ethics PLA (PDF 85kB)

Foster Parenting PLA (PDF 81kB)

Group Work PLA (PDF 111kB)

Healthcare Management PLA (PDF 83kB)

Healthcare Policy PLA (PDF 87kB)

Helping and Counseling Skills PLA (PDF 105kB)

Holistic Healing PLA (PDF 87kB)

HS Practice with Older Adults PLA (PDF 88kB)

HS Practice with Veterans PLA (PDF 115kB)

Human Service Management PLA (PDF 83kB)

Human Service Practice with Disability PLA (PDF 90kB)

Interpersonal Violence PLA (PDF 88kB)

Intervention with Addiction Disorders PLA (PDF 90kB)

Interventions with At Risk Youth PLA (PDF 80kB)

Introduction to Human Services PLA (PDF 82kB)

Mental Illness in Children and Adolescents (PDF 83kB)

Motivational Interviewing PLA (PDF 108kB)

Residential Care - Child Welfare PLA (PDF 87kB)

Residential Care Management - Child Welfare PLA (PDF 88kB)

Social Welfare Policy PLA (PDF 100kB)

Supervision in Human Services PLA (PDF 82kB)

Training and Development in Human Services PLA (PDF 82kB)

US Health Systems PLA (PDF 91kB)

If you are considering prior learning assessment, you have two options. 

The first is to identify a topic with your mentor and write an essay on this topic. The essay should contain a brief description of your experience(s) with the topic, any trainings/readings/workshops that you have done for it, and what you have learned about the topic. When describing what you have learned, it helps to think about how you would describe what you did or what you know to someone else.

The second option is to use one of our structured guides.  For each guide, you would follow the directions to copy and answer the questions.  

Adolescents and Addictions PLA (PDF 83kB)

Advocacy PLA (PDF 89kB)

Case Management PLA (PDF 87kB)

Child Abuse and Neglect PLA (PDF 80kB)

Child Welfare PLA (PDF 81kB)

Community Service PLA (PDF 81kB)

Crisis Intervention PLA (PDF 94kB)

Delivering Human Services PLA (PDF 81kB)

Diversity in Human Services PLA (PDF 112kB)

Documentation in Human Services PLA (PDF 87kB)

Ethics PLA (PDF 85kB)

Foster Parenting PLA (PDF 81kB)

Group Work PLA (PDF 111kB)

Healthcare Management PLA (PDF 83kB)

Healthcare Policy PLA (PDF 87kB)

Helping and Counseling Skills PLA (PDF 105kB)

HS Practice with Older Adults PLA (PDF 88kB)

HS Practice with Veterans PLA (PDF 115kB)

Human Service Management PLA (PDF 83kB)

Human Service Practice with Disability PLA (PDF 90kB)

Interpersonal Violence PLA (PDF 88kB)

Interventions with At Risk Youth PLA (PDF 80kB)

Motivational Interviewing PLA (PDF 108kB)

Residential Care - Child Welfare PLA (PDF 87kB)

Residential Care Management - Child Welfare PLA (PDF 88kB)

Social Welfare Policy PLA (PDF 100kB)

Supervision in Human Services PLA (PDF 82kB)

Training and Development in Human Services PLA (PDF 82kB)

 

Other Resources

The Empire State College Online Library has a number of resources specific to Human Services, including career resources, information on job growth in the field, and help in thinking about graduate school.

Additional Academic Resources

The college has a number of resources and tools to help you in your learning. Pay particular attention to writing support, support with math, and academic support and study skills. Academic Support online workshops are also offered throughout the year on a wide range of topics. These resources and tools are available at the Learning Support website and in MyESC, Academic Support.

The Online Library also has many workshops and resources for students, including help with APA style, and searching for and identifying scholarly sources.

Sample Degree Program Plans

Sample degree program plans illustrate the degree program format and provide examples of some different types of individualized degree programs. The degree program is divided into two columns. The column on the left lists all the courses in the concentration, while the column on the right lists all of the general learning courses. SUNY Empire State College students work closely with their faculty mentors to design their own degree programs that meet the student’s needs and goals.

When working with your mentor on your rationale essay, consider the following tips on what to include: Tips for Rationale Essay

Many students may consider trying to earn credit for prior college-level learning or certifications that they may hold. For example, students may have the Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC or CASAC-T).