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The Human Service Department includes: General Human Services Technology, Human Services Technology/Gerontology, Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse, and Recreational Therapy Assistant. Diplomas are available in Human Service Technology and Certificates are available in Aging Studies (Gerontology) and Substance Abuse. The Pitt Community College HST program is approved by the Council for Standards in Human Services Education.

Human Services Technology

The Human Services Technology curriculum prepares students for entry-level positions in institutions and agencies which provide social, community, and educational services. Along with core courses, students take courses which prepare them for specialization in specific human service areas. Students will take courses from a variety of disciplines. Emphasis is core courses is placed on development of relevant knowledge, skills, and attitudes in human services. Fieldwork experience will provide opportunities for application of knowledge and skills learned in the classroom.

Graduates should qualify for positions in mental health, child care, family services, social services, rehabilitation, correction and educational agencies. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select from a variety of transfer programs at senior public and private institutions.

See the Educational Options link (on the left) for program required courses. For more information regarding the Human Services Technology program, contact Ray Taylor, Department Chair at 252-493-7263 or rtaylor@email.pittcc.edu.

Human Services Technology/Gerontology

The Human Services Technology/Gerontology concentration prepares students to specialize in direct service delivery work to older adults and their families. The curriculum provides both theoretical and applied models for understanding issues of aging. Course work includes physical, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process; as well as health, wellness, nutrition, diet, exercise, and well-being. Fieldwork experiences provide opportunities to work in a variety of public and private agencies.

Graduates should qualify for employment in nursing and rest homes, specialized adult care services, respite services, and other program servicing older adults and their families. Graduates choosing to continue their education may select a variety of programs at senior institutions.

See the Educational Options link (on the left) for program required courses. For more information regarding the Human Services Technology/Gerontology program, contact Kim Barber, Coordinator at 252-493-7418 or kbarber@email.pittcc.edu.

Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse

The Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse concentration prepares students to assist in drug and alcohol counseling, prevention-oriented educational activities, rehabilitation with recovering clients, managing community-based programs, counseling in residential facilities, and pursuit of four year degrees. Course work includes classroom and experiential activities oriented toward an overview of chemical dependency, psychological/sociological process, the twelve Core Functions, intervention techniques with individual in Sets, and follow-up activities with recovering clients.

Graduates should qualify for positions as substance abuse counselors, DUI counselors, halfway house workers, residential facility employees, and substance education specialists. With educational and clinical experiences, graduates can obtain certification by the North Carolina Substance Abuse Board.

See the Educational Options link (on the left) for program required courses. For more information regarding the Human Services Technology/Substances Abuse program, contact Cara Herrington, Coordinator at 252-493-7654 or cherrington@email.pittcc.edu.

Recreational Therapy Assistant

The Recreational Therapy Assistant curriculum prepares individuals to plan, implement, and document therapeutic recreation interventions, according to national standards of practice. The curriculum emphasizes the use of recreation as treatment designed to (re)habilitate a client's level of functioning and independence. Course work includes facilitating adaptive, inclusive and universal activities (ropes courses, creative arts, water sports, etc.) and leading or co-leading recreational therapy sessions (social skills, team building, problem solving, leisure education, etc.) for people with disabilities and their families.

Graduates should qualify for a LRTA license from the North Carolina Board for Recreational Therapy Licensure. Employment opportunities include group homes, retirement facilities, agencies serving people with developmental disabilities, psychiatric or mental health agencies, and other rehabilitation facilities.

See the Educational Options link (on the left) for program required courses. For more information regarding the Recreational Therapy Assistant program, contact Kristina Cudney, Coordinator at 252-493-7686 or kcudney@email.pittcc.edu.