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Human service workers today, helping the world one person at a time.

Updated on July 12, 2011

Human Services workers today work with a variety of social service programs to assist their clients. Social work has changed dramatically in the years since it began in 1935 with Roosevelt's New Deal. Human Service workers today must be capable of assisting a variety of clients with multiple and various issues.National economic issues like joblessness and the meth epidemic tax agencies to the the limit of their capacity to cope. Human service workers today must also work across a broad span of programs to maneuver government regulation in an attempt to help their clients. But, no matter the setting the basic skills of intervention are used.. Essentially workers use empathy and personal observation skills to assess, diagnose, and assist clients to overcome the obstacles preventing them from living successful lives. Workers utilize task centered activities and counseling methods to achieve these goals. Human Service workers also assist clients by networking and performing as agents of social change on behalf of their clients and communities.


The human service worker today must be familiar with numerous government and professional guidelines. Governmental codes such as confidentiality laws must be studied and respected as well as professional codes such as the ethics outlined by the National Association of Social Workers. The agency the human service worker works for may have its own set of guidelines as well pertaining to the specific type of work engaged in. These guidelines are in place to make sure clients receive the best care possible. No one relishes the miles and miles of paper work they may be faced with upon entering a governmental help agency. But, these rules are in place to protect the privacy of clients in an increasingly technological society.


Human services workers must often a adopt a generalist approach to cope with the various problems and agencies. This generalist approach allows the human service worker to be the jack-of-all trades required in working with a diverse population with a wide range of issues. The human service worker today may find themselves arranging for food, housing and medical care simply in assisting one client. Another client may require rehabilitation services for a drug problem and foster care for their minor children. The circumstances and clients are individualized, but the same methods of active listening and empathy are used to assess the problem and lay the framework to assist the client. Human Service workers also follow the same code of ethics and practice the same broad-based goals of serving their fellow man. For all the differences and variety a human service workers face in their daily work the focus is still to help their clients and society. The human service worker of today despite the low pay adverse conditions and lack of respect is truly attempting to make the world a better place one person at a time.

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    • wendi_w profile imageAUTHOR

      wendi_w 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Nice ... did you enjoy the promo

    • HattieMattieMae profile image

      HattieMattieMae 

      7 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      Yesh and I am one of them! :)

    • wendi_w profile imageAUTHOR

      wendi_w 

      7 years ago from Midwest

      Thank you Phil

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      Phillip Drayer Duncan 

      7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Very informative and very interesting!

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