Title Finding Your Career in Human Services
Author Shoshana D. Kerewsky
ISBN 9781516532711
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 186
Book size 178 x 254 mm
Publishing year 2019
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Finding Your Career in Human Services is a comprehensive guide for students preparing to enter the human services workforce. The text identifies strategic opportunities for students to sharpen their career knowledge and specific skillsets that support personal and professional growth. It incorporates critical topics for success including professional ethics, human diversity, personal motivation, and more.

Over the course of seven chapters, students learn effective approaches for job searches, exploring resources, and enhancing their professional development. Readers discover career tests and self-evaluation tools that can help them identify jobs that align with their personal strengths and interests. They learn how to utilize academic programs, field placements, and professional organizations to gain experience and explore employment possibilities. The text provides sage advice on interviewing, networking, and developing materials that will impress potential employers. It closes with a chapter dedicated to the growing areas in human services and newly created positions within the field.

Finding Your Career in Human Services is a valuable guide that helps undergraduate students in human services courses and programs prepare for a fulfilling career.




Chapter 1: Your Career in Human Services • What is Human Services? • A Brief Historical Overview of Contemporary Human Services • Human Services Occupations • Human Services and Related Undergraduate Degrees • Career Outlook • Why Choose Human Services? • Some Practical Considerations • Human Diversity and Multiculturalism • Ethics in Human Services • The Human Services Scope of Practice • The Relationship Between Laws and Ethics • Ethical Requirements of Agencies, Academic Programs, and Professional Organizations • Differences Between Professional Ethics Codes • The Structure of Professional Ethics Codes • The Importance of Professional Ethics • Your Faculty and Trainers’ Gatekeeping Role • Supervision • Human Services Knowledge and Skills • Example: The Basic Listening Sequence (BLS) • Evaluating Your Career Strengths and Areas of Competence, Part 1 • Your Career Center • Career Familiarity and General Occupation Descriptions • O*NET Resources • Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) • Career Interest, Skills, and Other Tests • Self-Directed Search (SDS) • Additional Online Resources • Additional Campus Resources • Looking Ahead

Chapter 2: Know Yourself • You’re Human, Too! • Reasons for Entering a Human Services Career • Tools for Career Self-Evaluation • Activities for Informal Exploration • Hays’s ADDRESSING Framework • Kliman’s Social Matrix • The Genogram • The Johari Window • Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Model • Evaluating Your Career Strengths and Areas of Competence, Part 2 • Career Counseling for Self-Exploration • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) • FIRO-B® • Big Five Personality Test • Free Online Career and Preference Tests • Other Career and Vocational Assessments • Understanding Your Triggers and Vulnerabilities • Transference, Countertransference, and Ethical Practice • Self-Care and Avoiding Burnout • Using Self-Help, Counseling, and Other Interventions • Questions for Career Self-Reflection

Chapter 3: Be Strategic • Why Strategize? • Utilize Your Program and Institutional Resources • Your Program Handbook • Program Accreditation • “Informed Consent for Being a Student” • Classes and Other Requirements • Special Graduation Requirements • Policies Related to Good Standing and Problem Areas • Resources for Students • “Informed Consent for Students” Is an Ongoing Process • Academic Advisors • Program Website and Institutional Resources • Peers • Present Yourself Professionally • A Note to First-Generation College Students • Getting the Most From Your Site Placements • Site Placement Basics • Be Strategic About Your Field Placements • Other Site Considerations • Using Site Placements to Explore the Field • Supervisors, Faculty, Staff, and Fellow Students Are Site Resources • Other Opportunities to Explore the Field • Finding More Placement Opportunities • Service-Learning ExperiencesNoncredit Experiences • What to Do Now • Professional Organizations and Conferences • Cultivate Relationships With Faculty, Staff, Supervisors, Peers, Alumni/ae, and Students • Engage Fully and Challenge Yourself With Your Classes and Site Placements • Look at Employment Ads • Identify and Reduce Potential Obstacles • Groom Your Public Presence • Start or Update Your Professional Portfolio • Be Flexible

Chapter 4: Career Areas and Roles in Human Services • Career Options in Human Services • Career Development • Using Your Holland (RIASEC) Code and Other Career Tests to Think About Your Career Development • Direct Service • Typical Characteristics of Direct Service Providers • Direct Service Roles • Indirect Service • Typical Characteristics of Indirect Service Providers • Indirect Service Roles • Specialized Roles • Research • International Positions • Related Positions • Other Considerations • Real People, Real Jobs

Chapter 5: Interviews With Human Services Students and Professionals • Career Trajectories in Human Services • Moira: A Current Human Services Student • Diane: A Community College Certificate Holder and Community Mental Health Provider • Akiko: A Recent Human Services Graduate Working in a Nonprofit Agency • Jade: Peace Corps Volunteer in Perú • Niki: From Nontraditional Student to Varied Human Services and Educational Practice • Rachel: From Human Services to Research and a Future PhD in Counseling Psychology • David Gardiepy: Program Coordinator of a Training and Education Organization • Bhavia Wagner: Building an International Organization From Scratch • Thinking about Human Services: The Interviews and Beyond • Common and Differing Elements of the Interviews

Chapter 6: Your Job Search • Resources for Your Job Search • Finding Jobs • Finding Job Announcements • Put Yourself Out There! • Promoting Yourself through Professional Behavior • Trainings and Conferences • Membership in Professional Organizations • Posting Your Credentials Online • Preparing Your Materials • Resume and Curriculum Vitae (CV, or Vita) Options • Resume and CV Templates • Resumes • Utility of the Resume • Resume Tips • CVs • Resume vs. CV • Save a Master Copy! • Tips for Resume and CV Writing • Track Everything! • Your Email Address • Format and Describe Consistently • Tailor Your Resume or CV to the Job Announcement • Use the Announcement’s Terminology • Protect Client Confidentiality in Descriptions of Previous Work • Be Accurate and Honest • Other Uses for Your CV • Cover Letters • Don’t Be Negative • Keep Your Format Simple and Clean • Account for Gaps and Problem Areas • Professional Wording for Self-Disclosures • Promoting Yourself in Your Cover Letter • Describe What the Job Offers You • Resources for Preparing Your Resume/CV and Cover Letter • Additional Materials • Your Professional Portfolio • Use New Rather Than Standing Reference Letters • Sending Your Application • Interviews • Before You Get the Call • Telephone and Voice Mail Considerations • Online Considerations • Preparing for the Interview • Review Your Materials • Write Questions • Notes • Professional Attire • The Interview • Organizing Yourself • Interview Questions • Every Aspect of Your Interaction With the Site Is Part of Your Interview • Stay Positive • Don’t Forget to Ask Your Questions About the Position • Activities to Prepare Yourself for Your Job Search • Construct Your Resume and CV • Before You Interview • Reengage in Values Clarification • Stepping Stones vs. Your Dream Job • Licensure, Certification, and Similar Credentialing • Associate’s- and Bachelor’s-Level Licensure and Certification • Managing a Felony Conviction • Licensing Requirements • Certification Requirements • The Qualified Mental Health Associate (QMHA) and Other Designations • Graduate School • Tips for Avoiding Common Job Application Errors and Problems • What to Do If You Can’t Get a Job

Chapter 7: Preparing for the Future of Human Services • Living in the Future • The Impact of Technology • The Impact of Cultural Change • New Times, New Occupations • Human Services Is a Job Growth Area • You Change, Too!

Appendix A: National Organization for Human Services (NOHS)

Appendix B: NOHS Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals (2015)

Appendix C: Center for Credentialing and Education Human Services–Board Certified Practitioner Certificate

Appendix D: CCE HS–BCP Code of Ethics (2009)

Appendix E: National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Appendix F: NASW Code of Ethics (2017)

Appendix G: NAADAC

Appendix H: NAADAC/NCC AP Code of Ethics (2016)

Appendix I: Online Career and Self-Knowledge Tests and Tools • Consolidated Sites • Test-Specific Sites



About the Author

About the Author:

Shoshana D. Kerewsky, Psy.D., HS-BCP is a faculty member at University of Oregon, where she teaches courses in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department and Clark Honors College. A past president of the Oregon Psychological Association, she has helped develop and revise national professional ethics codes and state and national credentialing examinations. She edited Fitness for the Human Services Profession for CSHSE and currently edits the Oregon Psychological Association quarterly newsletter. Dr. Kerewsky earned her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University New England.

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This book is a valuable guide that helps undergraduate students in human services courses and programs prepare for a fulfilling career.


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