Employers in the social work/human services field include such organizations as state, county, and federal governments; private not-for profit human services agencies; hospitals; schools; and residential care facilities. Related job titles include caseworker, family support worker, youth counselor, advocate, client advocate, alcohol/substance abuse counselor, eligibility counselor, residential counselor, rehabilitation caseworker, home health aide, group home worker, and social work assistant.

Mental health counselors counsel with an emphasis on prevention work with individuals and groups to promote optimum mental health and help individuals deal with addictions and substance abuse; family, parenting, and marital problems; suicide prevention; stress management; problems with self-esteem; and issues associated with aging and mental and emotional health.

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How to begin your career path at Jefferson:

 Jefferson Community College can help link you to a career in counseling through its Associate of Science degree in Human Services, A.A.S degree in Chemical Dependency or, depending on your career goal, its Associate of Arts degree in Humanities & Social Sciences. 

The Human Services degree program is designed to give the student a broad academic background in human services, social sciences and related helping professions. The program is designed primarily as a transfer program. Those students wishing to pursue baccalaureate degrees have successfully transferred to many public and private colleges and universities, including SUNY Brockport, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Potsdam, Empire State College, Utica College, Cornell University and Syracuse University.  Formal articulation agreements exist with SUNY Brockport, SUNY Plattsburgh, SUNY Albany, SUNY Cortland, Cazenovia College, Keuka College (a student may finish the bachelor’s degree in the local area) and others.  Employment opportunities exist for A.S. graduates; however, opportunities expand for those who continue studies at the bachelor's and master's level.  Our Chemical Dependency program is designed to give students the academic background and skills necessary to work with individuals with substance abuse disorders and to prepare for CASAC (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Certification).  Students completing either of the above degrees may want to take advantage of JCC’s articulation agreement with Keuka College to continue bachelor’s degree studies while remaining in the Watertown area.

The Humanities & Social Sciences degree program is designed to provide a student with the foundation of a liberal arts education leading to transfer to a four-year college or university.  A student interested in counseling might take courses in psychology, sociology and anthropology as a good preparation.

Students should work closely with their faculty advisor and transfer/career counselors when considering transfer options.  

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