Human Services Program Receives Reaccreditation

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By Jennifer Duda

The College of DuPage Human Services program recently received national reaccreditation from the Council on Standards in Human Service (CSHSE). The reaccreditation is for the next five years. The program was first accredited in 1984.

“The reaccreditation reflects the strength of the faculty and students enrolled in the Human Services program,” said Jason Florin, Human Services assistant professor and program coordinator. “The Council’s standards have become more difficult to achieve over the last several years and it’s satisfying to know we are continuing to provide high-quality academics for our students.”

Florin also credits full-time Human Services instructor Andrea Polites for assisting in the reaccreditation process and bringing unique ideas to the program, as well as student aide Desiree Mombleau for her tireless dedication to the team.

Over the last several years, the Human Services program repackaged its degrees and certificates, strengthening and streamlining course offerings to include two Associate in Applied Science degrees: the Human Services Generalist and Addictions Counseling; as well as several new certificates – Corrections Counseling, Developmental Disabilities, Residential Child Care and Veterans Counseling. The program also continues to offer Applied Gerontology, Domestic/Family Violence, Psychiatric Rehabilitation.

The Human Services program also offers an online Master’s Track Addictions Counseling certificate for students who have earned, or are in their second year of earning, a clinical master’s degree in Counseling, Human Services, Psychology, Social Work or a substantially similar field of study. The program requires 18 credit hours, including 300 to 500 hours of fieldwork.

Upon completion, students are eligible to sit for the exam offered by the Illinois Certification Board to become Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselors (CADC).

“The Human Services field continues to evolve to meet client needs, but also the needs of a technology-savvy environment,” Florin said. “The Council’s findings are a testament to our efforts to meet those changes, providing our students educational experiences relevant to the job market and industry-wide standards.”

For more information about the Human Services program, call (630) 942-2043, email florin@cod.edu, or visit http://www.cod.edu/programs/human_services.