Human Services

The Program is designed to teach students entry level helping skills to work in the high demand field of Human Services. Students will gain knowledge of human service delivery systems, case management techniques, and crisis intervention utilizing a person-centered, strength-based approach to engage with individuals, groups, and diverse populations. Students will practice their skills by completing a community -based internship under the supervision of the agency and NVC faculty gaining networking opportunities and contacts for future employment. Upon satisfactory completion of the courses, students will be able to utilize effective communication styles to assess and assist clients from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds in becoming self-sufficient. Advocate and use case management strategies that assist clients in overcoming challenges and identifying support systems throughout the community. Engage in ethical and legal practices, including adherence to the agency, state, and federal policies and procedures. Identify areas for self-improvement and pursue necessary education and training resources for professional development. The program also provides a solid foundation for students wishing to transfer to 2-year institutions pursuing degrees in social work, sociology, criminal justice, and psychology.

Career Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to gain employment in entry-level positions jobs, including case aide, counselor, social workers, and case manager. Students will also be prepared to work, providing direct services, case management, and supportive counseling. They will be prepared to work with different populations, ages, and groups in a variety of settings, including health and human services, addictions, and non-profit agencies.

Contact Information

Division

Counseling
Building 1300
Phone: (707) 256-7221

Dean

Dr. Alejandro Guerrero
Interim Senior Dean, Counseling Services and Student Success
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Aguerrero@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7317

Program Coordinator

Jaime Huston-Sylvester
Coordinator, Human Services and Addiction Studies
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Jaime.Huston@napavalley.edu

Faculty

Rachael Cresci LCSW, DBH
Professor, Addiction Studies & Human Services
2277 Napa Vallejo Highway, 94558, Napa, CA
Email: Rachael.Cresci@napavalley.edu
Phone: (707) 256-7475