What is Human Services?
May M. Miller
What is Human Services? “Human services is a broad term covering a number of careers, but all have one thing in common-the helping of people meet their basic physical and emotional needs for whatever reason cannot be met without assistance” (Martin, pg.4, 2011). To understand how humans function in society, a person needs to understand basic human needs. These needs vary from person to person, however, all persons in society have a need and human services can help provide that. The Goal of Human Services Human service goals can be different for different workers within the field. One common goal is to help people. It has been said that human services is a broad term and
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The importance of an “effective social welfare system of all Americans,” more poverty is seen in the United States (Martin, 2011). This time in the United States is being compared to the Great Depression, with foreclosed homes on the rise in addition to unemployment rates (Martin, 2011). Common Intervention Strategies Human Services professionals are the front runners when concerning interventions. Accessibility to simple items such as food and water, human services professional can help a person in need obtain these basic human needs. For an individual to ask for help of a human services professional, he or she has to respect them and gain trust. With this character comes into the equation. The definition of character defined by Merriam-Webster, “the good qualities of a person that usually includes moral or emotional strength, honesty, and fairness.” Human Service professionals have specific characteristic that makes them unique. Able to focus on an individual without passing judgment or critiquing is a quality that as a human service professional will need to develop as they grow within the field. Interventions done will help an individual grow and teach him or her to be self sufficient and reach self-actualization. The character that they develop into from interventions will help teach them so they are