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                                                                                                    Pictured from left:
                                                                                                    Robert J. Willey, Jr., Ph.D.
                                                                                                    Dean, School of Human Services
                                                                                                    Jean A. Wyld, Ph.D.
                                                                                                    Vice President for Academic Affairs
                                                                                                    Richard B. Flynn, Ed.D.
                                                                                                    President


THE COLLEGE’S MISSION                                                  REPUTATION
The mission of Springfield College is to educate students in spirit,   Springfield College is known worldwide as The Birthplace of
mind, and body for leadership in service to humanity by building       Basketball®, a game invented at the College by Professor
upon its foundation of Humanics and academic excellence.               James Naismith.
                                                                          The College is ranked in the 2009 edition of “America’s Best
THE SCHOOL OF HUMAN                                                    Colleges” in the top tier of “Best Universities—Master’s—North
SERVICES’ MISSION                                                      Region” by the U.S.News & World Report.

In accord with the mission of Springfield College, the mission of
the School of Human Services is to provide broadly accessible
                                                                       SCHOOLS
higher education in human services for adult learners that embod-      The School of Human Services is one of five schools at
ies the principles of Humanics, community partnership, and             Springfield College.
academic excellence to achieve social and economic justice.                The other four are: the School of Arts, Sciences, and
                                                                       Professional Studies; the School of Health, Physical Education,
What Is Humanics?                                                      and Recreation; the School of Health Sciences and Rehabilitation
The Springfield College mission starts with Humanics, the              Studies; and the School of Social Work, all of which offer
age-old Greek ideal of the balanced individual. The ancient Greeks     traditional undergraduate and graduate programs.
believed that a person’s emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and
physical lives were all interconnected. The Humanics philosophy
calls for the education of the whole person—in spirit, mind, and
body—for leadership in service to others.                                                               Five great reasons to
                                                                                                        enroll in the School
ACCREDITATION
                                                                                                        of Human Services
Springfield College is regionally accredited by the New England
Association of Schools and Colleges.                                                          • Weekend classes
    In addition, the Springfield College School of Human Services
                                                                                              • Earn your degree in as little as
undergraduate program is accredited by The Council for Standards
                                                                                                16 months
in Human Service Education.
                                                                                              • Fully accredited private college
                                                                                              • Undergraduate credits for
                                                                                                experiential learning
                                                                                              • Affordable tuition
We welcome your interest in the School of Human Services of
   Springfield College.

   Providing human services that make a difference in the lives of
   individuals and their communities is one of the most satisfying pro-       Maintaining strong
                                                                              partnerships
   fessions. It attracts individuals committed to justice who want to
   partner with others to help transform their communities.                   The School of Human
                                                                              Services has close ties to
   Educating men and women in spirit, mind, and body for leadership in
                                                                              the YMCA, the Urban
   service to humanity has been the mission of Springfield College since
                                                                              League, the Boys & Girls
   its founding in 1885. The College expressed this mission by estab-
                                                                              Club, and Head Start, as
   lishing a separate school dedicated exclusively to human services to
                                                                              well as many other human
   provide training in the many disciplines required to meet the human
                                                                              service agencies in cities
   services challenges of the 21st century.
                                                                              around the country. The
   In more than a quarter-century since its founding, the School of           bond between the College
   Human Services has grown to become one of the largest of its kind          and the YMCA has endured
   in the nation, offering quality undergraduate and graduate degree          for well over a
   programs at eleven campuses across the United States.                      century. We are
                                                                              proud to be one
   Widely recommended by human services professionals to colleagues
                                                                              of only two colleges
   who want to strengthen their skills and qualifications to fill important
                                                                              affiliated with the
   and challenging positions in human services, the School of Human
                                                                              YMCA of the USA for the
   Services offers special weekend degree programs that accommodate
                                                                              training of its professionals.
   the demands and schedules of working adults. Adult learners find
   this a very workable balance between family obligations, employment,
   and career advancement.

   We are confident that you will find in the School of Human Services
   of Springfield College the
   training and experience
   for a rewarding and satis-
   fying career in the field of
   human services.
    Bobbi Warner Somers – St. Johnsbury
                         Master of Science (2007)
                         • Student assistance counselor,
                           Lyndon Institute
                         • Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor
                           (LADC)
                         • Students Against Destructive
                           Decisions (SADD) advisor
                         • Instructor, Springfield College School
                           of Human Services (St. Johnsbury)
                         • Married, mother of one


                         “For a period of time, I tried getting my
                         master’s degree at a large university, but
                         it really wasn’t what I was looking for. It
                         was more about theory than about
                         hands-on practice.

                         I went to an open house at Springfield
                         College to learn about the School of
                         Human Services program, and I liked
                         that classes were on weekends and you
                         could access a lot of your assignments
                         online. I was pregnant with my first child
                         and pretty nervous about starting the
                         program, but everyone at the College
                         encouraged me and cheered me on. I’m
                         glad I decided to go for it, because the
                         classroom experience was exactly what
                         I had been looking for.

                         The skills you learn in the program are
                         directly applicable to what you’re already
                         doing in life. If I could speak with
                         someone considering enrolling in the
                         Springfield College School of Human
                         Services, I would say, what are you
                         waiting for? It’s a great environment.”




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                                                                      Human Services

                                                                      The profession is “dedicated to interdis-
                                                                      ciplinary education and integrated serv-
                                                                      ices to clients. Help is focused not only
                                                                      on remediation of problems, but also
                                                                      on meeting basic human needs and
                                                                      advocating for change in the systems
                                                                      that affect the lives of our clients.”
                                                                                     – The National Organization
                                                                                            for Human Services


                                                                      The U.S. Bureau of Labor
                                                                      Statistics has ranked the human serv-
                                                                      ices occupation among the most rapidly
The human services professional is motivated by the chance            growing in the country. Human services
   to create change in his or her community. “I’ve always wanted      workers have opportunities in areas
                                                                      such as:
   to help people,” most admit prior to entering the field. Human
   services is a diverse field that encompasses opportunities in      • Alcohol and drug abuse prevention
                                                                        and treatment
   the public, private, nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.
                                                                      • Community organizing
   Tighter regulations, greater accountability, and a growing         • Corrections and probation
   emphasis on specialized skills are adding to job demands           • Crisis intervention
   within human services. To get ahead, adults come to Springfield    • Mental health
   College for the difference that a bachelor’s or master’s degree    • Early childhood development
                                                                      • Education
   can make.
                                                                      • Elder care
   Our graduates report that education has a direct impact on the     • Law enforcement
   kinds of work assignments, promotions, and pay they receive.       • Welfare services
   Many had not been inside a classroom in years until they came      • Youth programs
   to Springfield College, School of Human Services. They reached     Roles
   a point where they looked at their jobs and family responsibili-   • Administrator
   ties and wondered, “Can I do all this, and earn a degree, too?”    • Case manager
   The answer is, “Yes.” At Springfield College, you can!             • CEO
                                                                      • Child advocate
                                                                      • Community outreach worker
                                                                      • Corrections officer
                                                                      • Counselor
                                                                      • Eligibility examiner
                                                                      • Executive director
                                                                      • Gerontology aide
                                                                      • Group home worker
                                                                      • Human service worker
                                                                      • Life skills counselor
                                                                      • Manager
                                                                      • Mental health aide
                                                                      • Parole officer
                                                                      • Police officer
                                                                      • Probation officer
                                                                      • Supervisor
                                                                      • Welfare reform advocate


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    The Springfield College School of Human Services degree programs
       have been designed to meet the academic and social needs of adults
       who are returning to school.

       Classes are held on weekends. Graduate classes normally meet one
       weekend each month, while undergraduate classes normally meet two
       weekends per month. The schedule makes it possible to attend college
       full-time, keep your job, and earn your degree quickly, in as little as
       16 months.

       Class sizes are small. You are actively involved in a dynamic learning
       and teaching process. You will be graded based on group discussions,
       writing projects, and oral presentations. You will learn to express ideas
       clearly, and to read, write, and think critically. You will be taught how
       to conduct formal research on an issue of significance in your area
       of interest.

       Building on those research skills, you will work on a field project.
       Graduate students complete an action research project, while under-
       graduates team up with other students on the Group Project in
       Community Development and Change. Together, you will assess and
       analyze a problem, communicate with community members, create
                                                   a plan, work on steps to
                                                   address the problem, and
                                                   write a final report. These
                                                   projects will engage you in
                                                   making a positive change
                                                   in your own community. They
                                                   are the centerpieces of the
                                                   Springfield College School of
                                                   Human Services experience.




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                                          Dilkhwaz Ahmed — San Diego




Master of Science (2007)                   “ It was always my dream to obtain a master’s degree. When I inquired
                                             about getting a master’s degree at Baghdad University in Iraq, they told
• Human rights defender
                                             me that because I was Kurdish, I should feel lucky just to have received
• Iraqi immigrant who was granted            my bachelor’s degree. They told me to keep quiet and be thankful for
  political asylum by the United States      what I already had. But I wanted my education to inspire my children.
  in 2001                                    I wanted them to see that it was possible to achieve your dreams. I had
• Program Coordinator, License to            already helped many abused women and opened new doors for them,
  Freedom, a local nonprofit agency for      but I knew a Master’s degree would take my career to the next level.
  battered refugee and immigrant women      At Springfield College, I learned from wonderful people, and I built
• Founder of NAWA, a center for abused      strong relationships with others who were working in the human
  women in Northern Iraq, and Azadi         services field. What we shared in class was beautiful and inspiring.
  Women’s Center in California              I learned not only to be a service provider, but to be an agent of social
                                            change. It was exactly what I needed.
• Married, mother of two
                                            On the day I graduated, I cried. I remembered what they had said to me
                                            18 years ago at Baghdad University. I had finally achieved my dream,
                                            thanks to Springfield College. It is truly a great program.”


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    Rick Balistrieri — Milwaukee
                 Bachelor of Science (2003)
                 • Deputy Chief, West Allis, Wisconsin,
                   Police Department
                 • Instructor, ITT Technical Institute
                 • Active community volunteer and
                   youth coach
                 • Married, father of three


                 “ I started in law enforcement in
                   1979. I progressed through the ranks
                   until I couldn’t go any further; it was
                   a mandate that I have a bachelor’s
                   degree to become a captain.

                  I was drawn to Springfield College
                  because of its weekend program. It
                  was compatible with my schedule and
                  offered courses in criminal justice,
                  taught by people in the law enforce-
                  ment field. We didn’t rely on textbooks
                  or learning by rote; instead, we learned
                  more about real life, using real situa-
                  tions. The classes that helped me
                  fine-tune my writing skills were worth
                  the cost of tuition alone. The class-
                  rooms were diverse, and it was very
                  rewarding to learn from people of other
                  backgrounds, ethnicities, and religions.

                  Getting a bachelor’s degree from
                  Springfield College School of Human
                  Services has opened doors—and win-
                  dows—for me. I’m able to take exams
                  for other positions in the police depart-
                  ment, and next year I will be taking the
                  exam for eligibility to become chief.
                  I’ve also been teaching criminal justice
                  classes at a technical college.

                  Graduating from Springfield College has
                  made an impact on me personally as
                  well. My children and I have bonded
                  over homework, and I’ve been able to
                  inspire them to take their education
                  seriously. It’s been beneficial to my
                  entire family.”




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                                                                                               Characteristics
                                                                                               of SHS
                                                                                               Students:

                                                                                       • Have vast life and work
This vibrant learning community of students, faculty, and partners in human              experience
   services values diversity and shares a passion for transforming communities.        • Need a degree for
                                                                                         career advancement
   Faculty members are also practitioners in their fields, with community-based        • Possess great
   expertise. Your professors will respect the knowledge and work experience each        determination

   student brings into the classroom, creating a positive atmosphere in which
   everyone learns from each other.

   Students entering the program are at different stages of their careers, with life
   situations, jobs, and interests that vary widely. All have experience in human
   services, either as paid staff or as volunteers. So, if you are worried because
   your college experience is limited, keep in mind that your work has already pre-
   pared you to contribute to class discussions and to complete the field project.

   Every course brings actual practice and academic theory together. Your studies
   are directly connected to the human problems and issues you face in your com-
   munity. To match your interests and keep pace with changing workplace require-
   ments, program concentrations and curriculum offerings are designed with
   many choices in specialty areas such as crisis intervention, grant writing, and
   public relations.

   Surrounded by caring people, you will gain the balanced education experience
   you need to meet the challenges of a career in human services.




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    Ellen Titus — Manchester




    Bachelor of Science (2005)
    Master of Science (2007)
    • Training Specialist, Easter Seals
    • Mother of two


    “ I was a stay-at-home mom raising my two children for       The experience was incredible—it wasn’t just about a
      many years. As my children grew up, I became more          lecture, it was so much more than that. It was about
      focused on getting a college degree. I knew there was      sharing powerful real-life experiences. The teachers
      more for me out in the world.                              never shut down that conversation; instead, they encour-
                                                                 aged it and recognized that people brought valuable
     The Springfield College program was great for me
                                                                 knowledge into the classroom.
     because I am not a good test-taker. The focus is not on
     tests, but on the knowledge that you gain. The instruc-     Thanks to Springfield College, doors started opening
     tors understood that there were more ways to show that      for me. I achieved goals I never thought were possible.
     you knew the material than by answering multiple choice     Early in life, my attitude was, ‘I didn’t need schooling to
     questions. I loved the fact that you could share what you   raise my children or get a job.’ But through this program,
     learned through writing, and I loved the idea that having   I’ve been able to get a great job that allows me to make
     a dialogue could make a difference.                         positive changes in people’s lives.”



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Darrel Gaston — Wilmington
            Bachelor of Science (2008)
            • Intensive Case Manager, Philadelphia
              Office of Mental Health
            • Juvenile Court Advocate, Philadelphia
              Family Court System
            • Single, father of two


            “ I’ve been working in the mental health
              field for 24 years, but I didn’t have a
              bachelor’s degree. Several of my co-
              workers had gotten master’s degrees;
              some of them were making more
              money than I was and I was the one
              who was training them. A friend told me
              to look into Springfield College School
              of Human Services.

             Attending Springfield College was
             one of the best experiences of my life.
             I loved the camaraderie in the class-
             room, the friendly professors, learning
             from my peers, and listening to other
             perspectives. The classes were chal-
             lenging and interesting. Even after
             graduating, I miss going to school.
             I absolutely cherish the experience
             I had at Springfield College.

             Getting my degree was the missing
             link in my life. It helped me with my
             self-confidence and has made me want
             to teach at the college level and share
             my expertise. Today, I ride around in
             my car with my degree next to me.
             I am so proud to be a Springfield
             College graduate.”




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                                        Practical and adult-oriented, the programs of the School of Human
     Providing an                          Services are also different because of the exceptional level of support and
     affordable education                  service available to you.

     Financing a college education         You work with your own academic advisor to tailor your academic plans to
     can be a challenge, especially        your interests and achieve your goals. The Academic Success Center offers
     as an adult with numerous             assistance with writing assignments, time management, study skills,
     responsibilities. But you may         research projects, and personal development. Students and alumni turn to
     have more options than you            the Career Center for resume writing and career planning. These services,
     realize. Financial aid is avail-      plus workshops by faculty and staff, are offered at flexible times to accomo-
     able to qualified students. You       date your schedule.
     may receive college credits for
                                           To enhance your regular classwork, you can participate in interactive
     your work and life experiences.
                                           learning programs available to students through the College’s Alden Center
     And you can carry over credits
                                           for Interactive Learning. Using computers and live videoconferencing, all
     from other accredited institu-
                                           campuses share these resources, giving you access to courses in special-
     tions. As an accelerated pro-
                                           ized disciplines previously offered at only one campus.
     gram with low tuition, this is
     one of the most affordable            Your access to the College’s Babson Library is easy and extensive. While
     programs in the country.              the collection is on the main campus, all campuses are connected to the
                                           library’s staff, catalog, and databases via computers. The staff holds infor-
                                           mation literacy sessions for all campuses to train students in using the full
                                           resources of the library and the Internet.

                                           At every step, from enrollment to graduation to career development, you can
                                           count on our friendly, accessible, detail-oriented faculty and staff for help.




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        Poncho” Brown — Boston
Charles “
Bachelor of Science (2008)           “ I was suffering for a long time with drugs and gangs; I was a gang leader
Currently enrolled in the              in the ‘H-Block’ section of Boston, Mass. I went into a treatment center
Master of Science Program              in 1980, and I never looked back. Since then, I’ve been one of the most
                                       sought-after motivational speakers in the area. I try to be a mentor by
• Former “H-Block” gang leader and     passing on the lessons I’ve learned, and one of my messages to kids has
  drug addict                          been to stay in school. But I felt like a hypocrite saying that, because I had
• Motivational speaker                 never finished school myself. I had to go back myself, and Springfield
                                       College’s weekend program fit my schedule.
• Substance abuse specialist and
  HIV case manager, Upham’s           Springfield College has been like a family to me. We encourage one
  Corner Health Center                another. We genuinely listen to each other and take interest in what’s
                                      going on in each other’s lives. It’s more than just a classroom; it’s a group
• Award recipient for efforts to
                                      of new friends who are networking and learning from each other. The expe-
  combat violence in the community
                                      rience at Springfield College has filled my heart.
• Father of seven, grandfather
  of thirteen                         If you want more than just an education, if you want to be a mentor or
                                      to be mentored and learn from a diverse group of people with diverse
                                      experiences, then Springfield College is for you.”




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       Mike Cooper — Tampa Bay




     Bachelor of Science (1999)
     Master of Science (2001)
     • Director, Southeast Regional Affairs, The First Tee
     • Married, father of two

     “ Springfield College changed my life! When I first enrolled in   The First Tee provides learning facilities and educational pro-
       the School of Human Services at Springfield College’s Tampa     grams for young people that promote character development
       Bay Campus in 1998, I had over 20 years of relevant experi-     and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. As the
       ence with nonprofit organizations—primarily with youth-         director of the organization’s Southeast Regional Affairs,
       serving agencies. What I did not have was a degree, and         my role is to manage and develop local relationships in
       therefore, was not promotable in my career.                     Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and Florida.
                                                                       I currently have oversight of The First Tee activities in 32 com-
      Soon after enrolling in the undergraduate program at
                                                                       munities and 28 school districts throughout these five states.
      Springfield College, I discovered a thirst for learning! After
      obtaining both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from           None of this would have been possible without the advanced
      Springfield College, I went on to complete my Ph.D. from         education I experienced at the School of Human Services, or
      Capella University. Aside from satisfying my own desire to       without the inspiration and guidance I received from so many
      learn, the higher levels of education provided me with more      individuals at the School. In addition to being an alumnus,
      career opportunities. Shortly after earning my master’s          I am also proud of my position as an adjunct faculty member
      degree, I was offered a leadership position with The First       and my role as chairperson for the campus’s Community
      Tee, a division of the World Golf Foundation.                    Advisory Board.”



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                                        Megan Bishop — Los Angeles
Master of Science (2008)                  “ When I started looking at colleges, my first thought was to enroll in an
                                            online program because of my busy schedule. But Springfield College
• Program Director,
                                            fit perfectly into my lifestyle, and complemented what I was already
  YMCA of Santa Barbara
                                            doing at the YMCA. Springfield College and the YMCA share the same
• Program Advisor, California Student       values of educating people not just in mind, but also in spirit and body.
  Opportunity and Access Program
  (provides academic support and           I’m not someone who can learn in a chat room or on a conference call,
  college information to elementary        and I wanted the interaction that the Springfield College program pro-
  through high school students from        vides. The program also offers me the flexibility I need to take classes
  low-income families)                     and keep working.

• Council chair, Santa Barbara Parent      By the second time I came on campus, everyone knew each other and
  Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections    that was powerful for me. When you get a group of people like that
  Program (an arts and literature          together, amazing things can happen. The experience has been invalu-
  education program for youth)             able, and the material I’ve learned will transfer right into my position
• Single                                   and help me better serve children and families at the YMCA.”




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                                      Our interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to promote social analysis,
     Earn college credit for             critical and creative thinking, communication skills, and leadership for
     what you already know!              social and economic change.

     Your skills and knowledge           It fits your schedule. You can participate as a full-time student, attending
     from life and work experi-          class only two weekends a month. Our trimester schedule allows you to
     ence may sometimes be               complete your degree more quickly than a traditional program. Most stu-
     converted into undergrad-           dents earn their degrees in 16 to 24 months.
     uate college credit. To do so,
                                         If you are a full-time student earning a bachelor’s degree, you will enroll in
     you demonstrate your prior
                                         classes held on Saturdays and Sundays two weekends each month. If you
     learning by developing a per-
                                         are a full-time student earning a master’s degree, you will attend classes
     sonal portfolio. The proce-
                                         one or two weekends each month. The School of Human Services is com-
     dures to do so are taught in
                                         mitted to flexibility in meeting the needs of adult learners.
     a School of Human Services
     course. Our faculty evaluates
     your portfolio and awards
     credit based upon the stan-
     dards of the Council for Adult
     and Experiential Learning.

     If you have taken YMCA
     in-service training programs
     evaluated by Springfield
     College for academic credit
     and meet the School of
     Human Services admissions
     requirements, you may
     already be on your way to
     earning a bachelor’s degree.
     That’s how many of our
     undergraduates got started
     on their degrees.




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Paula Criel — Houston
      Master of Science (2008)
     • Director of Field Training,
       YMCA of the USA

     “ I truly cannot say enough about this program.
       I am so impressed with the School of Human
       Services (SHS) at Springfield College, the
       learning I experienced, and its relevance to
       YMCA work. In fact, the correlation between
       my professional work and the coursework is
       the best there is! The program encouraged
       self-awareness, provided me with educational
       enlightenment, and prepared me for my
       journey of lifelong learning. As a result,
       I decided to do my graduate action research
       project on opening a Springfield College
       campus in Houston. This would afford other
       professionals in the field of human services
       the opportunity to be a part of this rich and
       extraordinary program.

      While working on the project, I also docu-
      mented the history of all of Springfield
      College’s SHS campuses and the YMCA and
      how they evolved throughout the United
      States. I learned that community and YMCA
      involvement was critical to my cause.

      On September 6, 2008, the School of Human
      Services at the Houston, Texas, campus
      opened for classes.

      I never dreamed that I would be instrumental
      in starting a college campus, and in being
      able to provide this enriching learning experi-
      ence for adults to continue their education.
      This has been an absolutely life-changing
      experience for me, and I am very proud to
      be a graduate of Springfield College.”




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     Nicole Moore — Charleston




     Bachelor of Science (2008)       “ I wanted to move up the ladder in the YMCA organization and needed a degree
                                        to do that. I didn’t think I could handle college; I was 38, married, with three
     • Fitness Supervisor,
                                        children. The thought of going to college in the evening didn’t sound appealing to
       Summerville Family YMCA,
                                        me, so I checked out Springfield College. The weekend classes were perfect for
       Summerville, SC
                                        my schedule.
     • Member, American Fitness
       Professionals and Associates    At first, I didn’t see how a degree in human services would relate to my job as
                                       a fitness instructor. But I realize I am right in the midst of the field because I am
     • Married, mother of three        working with people. I was able to integrate into my job, and into my life, every-
                                       thing I learned in class. The lessons directly related to everything I was doing.

                                       Attending Springfield College has been empowering. The program has helped me
                                       with my writing skills and enabled me to become a better supervisor. Having my
                                       degree has put me in a much better position in the job market. Springfield College
                                       has truly broadened my horizons. For anyone who wants to get an education and
                                       is balancing work with a family, the Springfield College School of Human Services
                                       is the way to go.”




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The undergraduate program
This program best meets the needs of students ages 25 or older who have at least two years of
  paid or volunteer human services experience. The program generally can be completed in 16 to
  24 months on a schedule of only two weekends per month.

  The program offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services that enables the student to:
    • Build leadership skills to serve the community
    • Develop critical thinking and social analysis skills
    • Learn about the history and future of human services, and
    • Integrate theory and practice in classroom, workplace, and community

  You may focus your study based upon your interest through elective concentrations in addiction
  studies, community youth development and leadership, criminal justice, early childhood educa-
  tion, and education.

  Program concentrations vary by campus, but all eleven campuses have the same core curriculum
  made up of four major components: interdisciplinary core courses, general education courses,
  electives, and a three-semester group project in community change.

  Instruction involves discussions, group projects, visual presentations, fieldwork, research, reflec-
  tions, and case studies. Course assignments and learning assessments include written papers,
  research projects, portfolios, and oral presentations. You will receive regular feedback on your
  classroom assignments to help you improve your performance.

  Writing is an important learning tool across the curriculum. You will be provided with support
  throughout your program to write clearly, concisely, and creatively so you can compose reports,
  correspondence, e-mails, client notes, grants, and other workplace materials.

  UNDERGRADUATE CONCENTRATIONS:

  ADDICTION STUDIES: Through this concentration you            and other law enforcement practitioners to gain an
  will gain knowledge, competency, and skills in prepara-      undergraduate degree while maintaining their full-time
  tion for a state credential in addictions counseling.        employment. Adults already working in the human
  This concentration can be your path to a fulfilling          services field can utilize this concentration to focus
  career of helping persons suffering from addiction           their learning on ways that enable them to enter the
  to manage their conditions.                                  criminal justice field.

  COMMUNITY YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND                              EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION: If you are currently
  LEADERSHIP: This concentration’s mission is to pro-          working as a teacher’s aid, a provider of daycare in a
  vide a transformational learning experience that allows      home or center, or a childcare worker in another setting,
  youth workers to explore alternative approaches to           this concentration can be your path to developing your
  youth work and the implications for practice within the      skills and advancing your career.
  community setting.
                                                               EDUCATION: This concentration enables adults to
  CRIMINAL JUSTICE: This concentration enables                 explore the field of education, focus on education as
  members of the local police and sheriff's departments,       an avenue for change, and gain a broad range of
  correctional officers and counselors, victim advocates,      subject matter knowledge.


  Graduates from our Bachelor of Science degree program in Human Services are
  eligible for the National Organization in Human Services (NOHS) certification.




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     The graduate program
     The program leading to the Master of Science degree in Human Services is
       designed to develop leaders who can successfully address human problems
       within the community context.

       Through a focus on social analysis, critical and creative thinking, and leadership
       and professional skill development, students gain a solid foundation to lead
       their communities forward as:
         • Executive directors of community-based organizations
           or human services agencies
         • Managers, supervisors, or administrators in the public sector,
           governmental agencies, or volunteer organizational settings
         • Practitioners in direct service delivery, consultant firms,
           or organizational administration
         • Counselors working toward successful interventions
           affecting people in their personal and community contexts

       This program best meets the needs of students ages 25 or older who have five
       or more years of paid or volunteer human services experience.

       In addition to your choice of concentration, the curriculum involves three foun-
       dation courses, plus electives. The foundation courses explore theories related
       to how people, organizations, and communities behave, develop, and change.

       GRADUATE CONCENTRATIONS:

       ORGANIZATIONAL MANAGEMENT AND LEADERSHIP (36 credits): Develop your
       leadership and progressive management skills to facilitate organizational
       change. Your courses enhance your abilities in program evaluation, fiscal man-
       agement, staffing and supervision, and strategic planning. A central component
       of your studies, the action research project, offers you opportunities for in-
       depth study in your area of interest.

       COMMUNITY COUNSELING PSYCHOLOGY (36 credits): Extend your perspective
       on counseling to the impact and influence of the community on the person.
       Community counseling psychology stresses the influence of external social
       forces on the individual. Course content develops an understanding of social
       and community systems within which people live and work, and builds the skills
       necessary to intervene at various levels.

       MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING (60 credits): Expand your skills as a counselor
       who is prepared to meet the mental health needs of diverse communities in
       ways that promote social change toward social justice. Mental health coun-
       seling stresses the development of self-awareness, empathic and empowering
       attitudes, and an understanding of a broad range of counseling principles
       and skills. This program meets the current education requirements for state
       licensure, including practicum.


       Program concentrations vary by campus.
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                                                 Jessica Irizarry — Springfield




Bachelor of Science (2008)
• Student Placement Coordinator, City of Waterbury, Connecticut
• Married, mother of three

“A few years ago, a co-worker told me about the Springfield       them, and they keep their doors open to you. They get to
College School of Human Services. I had always wanted a           know you on a personal level and want to help you.
college degree, but I was too busy working and raising chil-
                                                                  The experience has helped me grow and find my voice. In the
dren. I had tried attending classes at night at a technical
                                                                  classroom, I learned how to share and how to understand
college, but I found myself coming home late each night and
                                                                  other points of view. Everybody has a different story to tell.
not having any time to spend with my family or to study.
                                                                  I learned I could be honest with my feelings and that I had
Because Springfield College’s classes were on weekends,
                                                                  something to contribute to the discussion. I feel like nothing
obtaining a degree became realistic for me.
                                                                  can stop me now.
I was nervous at first, but everyone from Springfield College
                                                                  I’m the first child in my family to have gone to college, and it
stood by me and helped me, from going through the applica-
                                                                  is a huge accomplishment. Springfield College has helped me
tion process to applying for financial aid and enrolling in
                                                                  become a role model to them, and I’m encouraging them to
classes. The professors were just amazing. Even if you aren’t
                                                                  follow in my footsteps.”
taking their class anymore, they still encourage you to call




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                                         Truly different from other schools, Springfield College
     Next steps                             offers the premier adult education program for human
     • Contact your local campus            services workers.
       admissions office.
                                            Let your goal for personal growth and social transformation
     • Complete the enclosed
       application.                         bring you to the School of Human Services. We understand
                                            that coming here involves sacrifices. Many of our students
     • For information online, visit
       www.springfieldcollege.edu/shs.      travel long distances, juggle or change jobs, or need to find
                                            childcare in order to attend classes. If you decide to pursue
                                            a bachelor’s or master’s degree in human services at
                                            Springfield College, we will do everything possible to help
                                            you achieve your goal.

                                                                     We are ready to assist you with the
                                                                     application process. Please contact
                                                                     the admissions office at the
                                                                     campus where you wish to attend
                                                                     classes. We welcome your ques-
                                                                     tions and encourage you to call or
                                                                     visit. Contact information for each
                                                                     campus is listed on the outside
                                                                     back cover of this book. Classes
                                                                     begin January, May, and September.




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Volunteers from the Los Angeles Conservation Core paint a mural to beautify the Inglewood community as part of
 Humanics in Action Day, coordinated by the Springfield College School of Human Services Los Angeles campus.

   The mission of the Los Angeles Conservation Core is to provide at-risk young adults and school-age youth
  with opportunities for success through job-skills training, education, and work experience, with an emphasis
                        on conservation and service projects that benefit the community.
BOSTON CAMPUS                                   CHARLESTON CAMPUS                   HOUSTON CAMPUS
Springfield College                             Springfield College                 Springfield College
The Schrafft Center                             7410 Northside Drive, Suite 200     2122 E. Governors Circle
529 Main Street, Suite 1M4                      North Charleston, SC 29420          Houston, TX 77092
Boston, MA 02129                                (843) 569-7003 or (866) 272-6004    (713) 681-1120 or (866)252-8801
(617) 242-3361 or (866) 272-9056                Fax: (843) 569-7079                 Fax: (713) 682-2366
Fax: (617) 242-3025                             shscharleston@spfldcol.edu          shshouston@spfldcol.edu
shsboston@spfldcol.edu




LOS ANGELES CAMPUS                              MANCHESTER CAMPUS                   MILWAUKEE CAMPUS
Springfield College                             Springfield College                 Springfield College
111 North La Brea Avenue                        500 Commercial Street               744 North 4th St., Suite 300
Inglewood, CA 90301                             Manchester, NH 03101                Milwaukee, WI 53203
(310) 673-5607 or (888) 316-5111                (603) 666-5700 or (800) 727-0504    (414) 276-2300 or (866) 271-2983
Fax: (310) 673-8308                             Fax: (603) 666-5705                 Fax: (414) 277-8370
shsinglewood@spfldcol.edu                       shsmanchester@spfldcol.edu          shsmilwaukee@spfldcol.edu




ST. JOHNSBURY CAMPUS                            SAN DIEGO CAMPUS                    SPRINGFIELD CAMPUS
Springfield College                             Springfield College                 School of Human Services
347 Emerson Falls Road, Suite 2                 5348 University Avenue, Suite 110   263 Alden Street
St. Johnsbury, VT 05819                         San Diego, CA 92105                 Springfield, MA 01109
(802) 748-5402 or (800) 441-1812                (619) 582-4002 or (877) 271-7155    (413) 748-3204 or (800) 727-0004
Fax: (802) 748-5719                             Fax: (619) 582-4548                 Fax: (413) 748-3236
shsstjohnsbury@spfldcol.edu                     shssandiego@spfldcol.edu            shsspringfield@spfldcol.edu




TAMPA BAY CAMPUS                                WILMINGTON CAMPUS
Springfield College                             Springfield College
225 West Busch Boulevard                        1007 Orange Street
Tampa, FL 33612                                 Suite 500
(813) 936-2800 or (800) 724-2778                Wilmington, DE 19801
Fax: (813) 933-1980                             (302) 658-5720 or (800) 506-9720
shstampa@spfldcol.edu                           Fax: (302) 658-5756
                                                shswilmington@spfldcol.edu




                             School of Human Services
                             Springfield College                                        Springfield College is accredited by the New
                                                                                        England Association of Schools and Colleges.

                             www.springfieldcollege.edu/shs                             In addition, the Springfield College School of
                                                                                        Human Services undergraduate program is ac-
                                                                                        credited by The Council for Standards in
                                                                                        Human Services Education.

				
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