Trends Paper

Topics: Population, Health care, Overpopulation Pages: 4 (1357 words) Published: April 14, 2014

Trends Paper
Duane Bell, Carla Downceroux, and Sara Petry
March 17, 2014
Lori Robertson
Trends Paper
It is essential for the human service provider to adapt to the changing environment of human services in this country and around the world. The 21st century has brought changes in institutional and community based services, in rural areas, industry and the military, technology, managed care, and international development, and accommodating new human service trends. Trend changes are affected by population growth, population aging, diversity, partisan politics, national security, and the roles of interaction between client and helper. Today’s human service worker is dynamic and adaptable to change brought about by unforeseen change both here in our country and around the globe. Staying in touch with new trends will solidify the quality of services provided to clients. Until recently human service delivery was primarily provided by agencies and institutions for the poor. However, in some cases human service delivery was available in nontraditional settings such as schools, individual and family homes, military programs, as well as remote geographical areas. Today, community-based settings for human services are more common and widespread within urban communities throughout our nation (Woodside & McClam, 2011). Mental health is one main focus of community- based services. In the past, mental health was frowned upon and confined to state institutions and correctional facilities without the support of their families or adequate counseling. In addition, the homeless and unemployed are now able to receive services on the streets, in shelters, at food ministries, churches, recreational facilities and recovery centers to mention a few (Woodside & McClam, 2011). Community based facilities and nontraditional settings are also places for our youth to receive assistance. Youth in Need (YIN) is one example of a Human...

References: Webster, S. (2014). Chron. Retrieved from
Woodside, M., & McClam, T. (2011). An Introduction to Human Services (7th ed.). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage.
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