The Human Services Program, with concentrations in Human Services or Gerontology, utilizes a strength- based approach to working with people in the community. At the core of the program is the understanding that in order to successfully help others one must be able to build and support healthy relationships. In order to accomplish this, students develop skills in the areas of supportive counseling, written and oral communication, assessment, planning, asset identification, and community organization. The Program provides a sound theoretical understanding of the traditional models used to understand and assist people with differences including the sociology of deviance, disability, and service systems, while recognizing that methods for understanding and helping others are constantly evolving. Opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom to real work situations is provided in Practicum courses that require students to work in community settings under the supervision of professionals in the field.