Brooklyn Human Services Department

Brooklyn Human Services Department


Human outreach starts with you. Be the difference. Get ready.

Follow your desire to help others with our Department of Human Services. Prepare to work with the homeless, veterans, individuals with mental illness or addiction, families and children, and other people in need.

Work closely with faculty who have professional experience in the fields of addiction, counseling, legal aid, nonprofit management, social work, senior housing and services. Gain valuable knowledge through supervised internships. Become involved at agencies across the Greater New York area for two semesters, and apply what you learn in class to real-world experience.

Let us help you get ready to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Gabriella GeleskoBettyann Henry-Edmonds ‘18
Human Services Major

"Attending St. Joseph’s University has been a good investment for me. Although I work full time, I could manage the field experience, which has helped me develop the skills and confidence I need for my new career in human services."

The Brooklyn Human Services Experience

Personalized Pathways: Faculty will help you decide the direction you want your career to take. 


Four Unique Options: Expand your career with a B.S. in Human Services, an M.S. or Advanced Certificate in Human Services Leadership, or an accelerated dual degree, resulting in a B.S. and M.S. 


Fully Online Availability: Many students studying human services are working adults who need flexibility. That’s why St. Joseph's University also offers each of its human services degree options online.



Human Services Major
What can you do with a degree in human services?

Pursue a diverse collection of career and educational opportunities with a degree in human services, including graduate studies in human services leadership or a career in social work, mental health counseling and human services administration. The programs include specialized courses in addictions counseling, case management, gerontology, family and child welfare.



Alcoholism and Addictions Counseling Certificate
Start your journey to your CASAC T today.

With this 29-credit certificate*, Approved by New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services, you can provide counseling and referral services to persons affected by alcoholism, drug abuse and dependency. Our flexible scheduling allows you to complete the program in as little as 14 months.

Our professors, trained and experienced in substance abuse counseling, teach skills that meet the needs of today's substance abuse programs. The program leads to a CASAC Certificate (Credentialed Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor), with 25 of the credits going toward the 350-hour requirement.

* Credits apply to B.S. in Human Services


Care Management Certificate
Help provide care for special populations.

This 12-credit program shows students how to organize and provide services to special populations such as the aging, the mentally ill, and the chronically ill. Working closely with families, care managers form the bridge between the client and the services needed.


Counseling Certificate
Meet client needs in a variety of settings.

This 12-credit interdisciplinary certificate is designed to enable health and human services practitioners to apply essential counseling theories and techniques to meet client needs in a variety of institutional settings. Electives include human services and psychology courses.


Understand and serve our older population.

Designed for adults pursuing various careers in aging, this 12-credit certificate provides gerontological knowledge essential to understanding and serving an older population. This certificate is particularly well suited for professionals who wish to redirect or focus their skills to meet the needs of an aging population.