ERIC Number: ED222115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Distinctions and Difficulties of Bachelor's Degree Human Service Programs Where They Coexist with Accredited Social Work Programs: An Initial Exploratory Study.
Arnold, Bill R.
Human service program directors were surveyed to identify difficulties of bachelor's level mental health/human service programs that coexist with an accredited bachelor's level social work program. Of 12 universities where the programs coexist, a sample of 7 was investigated, using current college bulletins of the respective programs. Data were also obtained from a structured telephone interview with each human service program director or a designate for the director. In most instances, the human service degree has a psychological orientation in the curriculum (i.e., counseling/therapy skills, psychopathology, and developmental psychology). Three respondents viewed their universities' social work programs as dealing with casework methods, general problem solving, and in some instances, community organization. Another primary area of differentiation was the professional affiliation of the faculties of the two disciplines. The human services programs also had substantially more required practicum hours than the social work programs. When the human service programs were first established, some social work programs claimed duplication, and some local social work professional associations expressed opposition to the human services programs. All respondents reported no current conflicts between the field placements of human service and social work students. Advantages included a greater choice of degree area for students; a primary disadvantage was related to incoming students' confusion regarding the distinctions between human services and social work. The more acceptance and support that were provided by upper level administrators, the greater the cooperation in solving common difficulties of the two departments. (SW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Bachelors Degrees, College Curriculum, College Programs, Comparative Analysis, Department Heads, Departments, Educational Objectives, Higher Education, Human Services, Intellectual Disciplines, Majors (Students), Mental Health, Practicums, Program Evaluation, Psychology, School Surveys, Social Work, Undergraduate Study
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Pan American Univ., Edinburg, TX.
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