Academics :: School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

Human Services/Mental Health

Associate of Applied Science Degree

The VWCC Human Services program prepares students for entry-level positions in the helping fields or for transfer to a bachelor degree program in social work, psychology or human services. Through courses and an internship at a local human services agency, students develop skills and knowledge in working with people with physical and psychiatric disabilities, adolescents, the aged, people who abuse substances, and the child or adult in crisis.

Occupational Objectives

Employment opportunities for graduates from the Human Services program are varied and include entry level positions in hospitals, residential facilities, and other community service agencies. Graduates may also transfer to a four-year college or university for bachelors degrees in social work, psychology, and human services. Articulation agreements exist with Radford University for admission into their Bachelors in Social Work program and with Old Dominion University’s Human Services program.

Curriculum Admission Guidelines

Applicants must meet the general requirements for admission to the college. Developmental courses may be recommended for students with deficiencies in English and Mathematics. MEN 101 is a prerequisite for many Human Services classes. Students entering the Human Services program should make this their first class selection.

Admission to Internship (MEN 290)

The Human Services program requires completion of a 180 hour internship with a local human services agency. Admission to the MEN 290 (Coordinated Internship) class is selective and must be approved by and coordinated with the Human Services Program Head. Eligibility for internship is based upon the following criteria: minimum GPA of 2.0, completion of course prerequisites (MEN 101 and MEN 102), faculty recommendations, expected graduation date and any relevant internship site requirements. Please note that completion of the course prerequisite classes alone is not guarantee of admission to the internship class. In addition, any student who does not meet the professional standards of Virginia Western Community College, the Human Services program and/or the participating clinical agency may be refused admission to the internship or withdrawn from the internship class and the Human Services program. Students who are terminated by the internship site, fail the internship course or are removed from the class will not be allowed to repeat the class and will therefore, be unable to graduate from the Human Services program. Students who are removed or withdrawn from the internship for inappropriate conduct may be referred to the college’s disciplinary committee.

Additional Information

Student Organization

The Virginia Western Community Action Network (VWCAN) student organization is housed in the Human Services program, but is open to all VWCC students. VWCAN’s mission is to provide volunteer service to local community agencies and advocate for those in need.

For More Information

For more information about the Human Services program or VWCAN, contact Dr. Annemarie Carroll (540) 857-6178, acarroll@virginiawestern.edu.

Contact Information

Program Head

Annemarie Carroll
Professor, Human Services
acarroll@virginiawestern.edu
540-857-6178 | Duncan 105D

B.S. - State University of New York at Buffalo, 1990
M.S. - State University of New York at Buffalo, 1993
Ph.D. - Kent State University, 1999

School of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

540-857-7271
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