Human Services

Contact Human Services

Benton Hall Room 311
1700 SW College Avenue
Topeka KS 66621

Phone: 785-670-2116
Fax: 785-670-1028

human-services@washburn.edu

Degrees & Certificates

Certificates

Addiction Counseling

See below to learn about our Career Ladder in Addiction Counseling.


Non-Profit Management

This is an interdisciplinary certificate offered in collaboration with the Political Sciences department. For students interested in leadership and management in the helping professions, this certificate provides knowledge, skills, and practical experiences in non-profit management.


Victim and Survivor Services

This certificate prepares students to work compassionately and effectively with survivors of trauma, including crime and assault, abuse, domestic violence, accidents, and natural disasters. Students in allied helping professions, such as Criminal Justice, Social Work, Psychology, Nursing, etc. may already have taken some courses that we can accept for transfer credit. Contact us to talk about potential transfer courses.

Undergraduate

Associate of Arts, AA

The Associate of Arts in Human Services is designed to provide entry-level education and experience. Students who take our Addiction Services and Recovery class as one of the required electives for our Associate of Arts degree are eligible to apply for Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services certification as a Person Centered Case Manager (PCCM). See our Career Ladder in Addiction Counseling below for more information. All courses in our Associate’s degree can also be applied to our Bachelor’s degree.


Bachelor of Applied Science, BAS

Our Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Human Services prepares students for a variety of careers in the helping professions, including addiction counseling, youth services, victim/survivor services, gerontology/aging, mental health and homelessness/poverty. Students who are interested in Addiction Counseling should see our Career Ladder in Addiction Counseling below for more information.


Minor in Human Services

Students interested in a minor in Human Services will work with an advisor to select 15 credit hours of Human Services coursework based on individual interests and career goals.


Minor in Gerontology

This minor is constructed around the premise that a broader understanding of Gerontology is critical to meet the needs of an aging society. The minor is also based on the premise that Gerontology is, by its nature, an interdisciplinary course of study requiring education in bio-psycho-social issues. Expanded career opportunities in gerontology are forecast in many areas, including healthcare, the helping professions, public policy and more. As a result this minor is open to all undergraduate students across the university and includes courses from a variety of disciplines. The minor will prepare students to meet increasing workforce needs of an aging society and/or to pursue graduate study in Gerontology or related fields.

Learn more about the Gerontology minor.

Graduate

Human Services/Addiction Counseling

Master of Arts, MA

Online. 36 Credit Hours. Full or Part-time Enrollment.

The Master of Arts in Human Services/Addictions Counseling offers 100% online coursework, with fieldwork in your own community.  We are approved by NAADAC and the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) to provide the educational curriculum required to become a Licensed Masters Addiction Counselor (LMAC) and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC).  We also work with students from other states.  Contact your state licensing board to see if we meet your needs. 

Our application manual has detailed information about the program courses and requirements, as well as licensing information.

Information and application manual

Career Ladder in Addiction Counseling

The Human Services Department offers a career ladder in addiction counseling that prepares students for state certificate/licensure at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Our program is approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (BSRB) and NAADAC. If you are not from Kansas, please contact your state licensing board to see if we meet your needs.

Associate’s Degree: Our Associate’s degree in Human Services (with the inclusion of HS 324, Addiction Services Coordination, as an elective) qualifies students to apply for certification as a Person Centered Case Manager (PCCM) with the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services. Courses may be taken online or face-to-face (or both). Internships may be completed at an approved addiction counseling agency in your home community. All courses in the Associate’s degree may be applied to the next step in the career ladder: the Bachelor’s Degree. 

Bachelor’s Degree/Certificate in Addiction Counseling: In order to become a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in Kansas with the BSRB, you need a Bachelor's degree and 33 credit hours of specific coursework in addiction counseling. We offer a Bachelor's degree in Human Services with an emphasis in addiction counseling that includes these 33 credit hours. For students who already have a Bachelor's degree but don't have the necessary addiction courses, we offer a 33 credit hour Certificate in Addiction Counseling to prepare you to sit for the LAC examination. We may be able to accept some previous coursework from other universities toward our Certificate if this coursework is in-line with BSRB requirements. Classes may be taken online or face-to-face (or both). Internships may be completed at an approved addiction counseling agency in your home community. (Note: students who have an LBSW should contact the department to learn more about the fast-track option for getting a LAC).

Master’s Degree: For students who already have a bachelor’s degree, we offer a Master's degree in Human Services with an emphasis in Addiction Counseling that provides the coursework students need to become Licensed Masters Addiction Counselors (LMAC) and Licensed Clinical Addiction Counselors (LCAC) in Kansas. This program is 36 credit hours and fully online. To apply to the Master’s program, click here.

Contact human-services@washburn.edu,  (785.670.2116) with questions. To apply for admission to Washburn, visit the Admissions site.