What Is Human Services

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What Is Human Services?
Christa Gambrell

What Is Human Services?
The National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) defines the human service profession this way, “The Human Service Profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.” Human Service is a very broad term covering a number of agencies and institutions; while creating many different careers for individuals. But all have one thing in common; that is helping people to meet their basic physical and emotional needs. These are generally people who need outside assistance in meeting those needs. The human service professional works within a field of human or social services; each having a broad range of skills and a broad range of responsibility in helping people overcome a variety of social problems. These social problems happen when basic human needs are not being met. Why some people are unable to meet their basic human needs and they need human services? There are various reasons, some being: an unsupportive family, no family, no friends, unsupportive friends, no social network, and possibly no supportive neighbors. They may need an education or job skills. Human Services comes into the picture when people find themselves confronting barriers while trying to get their basic human needs met. Usually they do not have anyone or anything in their life that can assist that person. Although people who are fortunate do not need assistance in getting their needs met, human service professionals work within a field of human and or social services; each having a broad range of skills and responsibilities in helping people overcome a variety of social problems. There are two main reasons people need assistance from human services or social services. The first reason is people find themselves confronting...