Professional Skills to Meet Diverse Needs
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- Duration 3.5 years
- Cost per Credit $410
- Credit Hours 120
- Address the social service and rehabilitation needs of diverse communities
- Meet the educational requirements to become a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner
- Learn on your schedule in an online, asynchronous classroom
- One-on-one instruction from expert faculty in a program that accepts up to 90 transfer credits
Support The Diverse Needs of Your Community
Respond to the diverse needs of those in your community with the online BA in Psychology: Human Services & Rehabilitation degree from The American Women’s College of Bay Path University (TAWC). As a student, you’ll gain the skills to make a difference in your community, plus the education requirement to become a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.
Psychology and Human Services Skills Aligned with National Standards
120 Total Credits
The online BA in Psychology: Human Services & Rehabilitation degree requires the completion of 120 total credits, including TAWC’s undergraduate psychology courses and the program’s major courses. The curriculum is founded on the American Psychological Association’s five-pillar model and is aligned with the National Standards set by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.
To view the complete list of program courses, visit the curriculum for all psychology programs.
The Human Services & Rehabilitation major may also be taken as an online Certificate in Human Services & Rehabilitation, which can be applied to any degree program for those interested in further specializing their area of study.
Required Human Services & Rehabilitation Major Courses
In this course students will apply the practices for effective reading and writing introduced in ENG 114 to the distinctive language and forms of various disciplines. This course lays the foundation for academic and professional research and stresses the use of appropriate and effective information sources. Readings for a variety of academic audiences will provide students with strategies to communicate in the sciences, business and technology, psychology, liberal studies, and the social sciences. Research and documentation skills appropriate to the disciplines are stressed. In addition to leading students through the research process from start to finish, this course will examine the many ramifications of academic honesty.
Prerequisite: ENG 114
This course will explore the role and responsibilities of human service professionals working in a variety of settings while serving varying populations. The course will examine the history of human services, its professional standards and ethical standards, key models and intervention strategies, as well as the foundational knowledge and skills required to be successful in the field. This course will also explore the evolution of the field of human services; diversity, equity and cultural humility; and issues related to social justice and advocacy in all related systems impacting individuals, families, and larger communities.
This course is designed to assist, encourage, and challenge students to develop more fully their awareness and knowledge of self and others in a culturally pluralistic society. Basic concepts and ideas that are relevant to multicultural human service and development will be introduced. Culture and environment will be discussed as interactive experiences and basic dimensions of diverse groups will be explored.
Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course explores a wide range of personality, behavioral, and cognitive disorders. The symptoms, etiology, and dynamics of various disorders are studied, and a variety of therapeutic theories and techniques are discussed.
Prerequisite: PSY 101
This course investigates the major personality theorists from Freud to more recent and contemporary theorists like May and Rogers. Emphasis is placed on the critical evaluation and practical application of each theory reviewed.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 and junior or senior status
This course provides the student with a knowledge of the biological components of behavior. Basic neuroanatomy and neurochemistry are discussed with respect to a variety of topics such as emotions, sensation, aggression, sleep, memory, reproductive behaviors, eating disorders, and certain forms of psychopathology.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 and junior or senior status
This course will provide students with a basic understanding of mental health crisis intervention and de-escalation strategies, milieu management, and how to work and communicate effectively with individuals who may be presenting with impaired judgement or impulsive tendencies. Elements of self-awareness and self-care are embedded throughout this course, as well as components related to ethical considerations and trauma informed care. Students will also gain an understanding of larger systems issues and how to determine appropriate dispositions.
Prerequisite: PSY101 and PSY240
This course will consider the biological, psychological, environmental, social, and cultural factors that interact with ability issues. It will examine common disabilities that affect an individual’s function, explore social and political issues that impact service delivery, as well as review the history of disability care in the US. Considerations for working with individuals with disabilities will be explored, such as ethical guidelines, interpersonal skills, and accessibility. Through an increased awareness of intersectionality, students will gain a greater understanding of the socio-cultural factors and interdependent systems that impact individuals with disabilities.
This course explores the principles, practices, and issues in case management with an emphasis on prevention and intervention strategies. Students will review the history and evolution of case management as a delivery strategy used in human services and related fields such as social work, counseling, and healthcare. Models of case management and the phases of assessment will be explored in order to develop the skills to create strength-based assessments and service plans. Students will develop their knowledge and skills in the areas of planning, assessment of community resources, referral procedures, crisis intervention, and setting appropriate boundaries. Through the use of case studies, students will assess client needs and determine the types of data necessary to ensure the ethical delivery of services. Issues related to ethics, cultural humility, and advocacy in case management delivery will also be explored.
Social behavior is studied from a psychological perspective. Topics addressed typically include: small group behavior, personal perception, attitude acquisition and change, leadership, conformity, and prejudice.
Prerequisite: PSY 101 and junior or senior status
This course introduces fundamental skills used in the helping profession including, interviewing, developing rapport, and elements of the counseling process. The multicultural, ethical and legal considerations, non-verbal behavior, and self-care will also be addressed.
Prerequisite: PSY101, Jr/Sr status
This course is designed to enhance student exposure and understanding of macro and clinical interventions available for youth and families, with a close examination of systems. Topics covered include theoretical underpinnings of our systems of care, safety planning, wraparound services, and in-home therapy. Students will investigate multi-levels of care, all while ‘imagining better’ and thinking creatively about what that might look like. This course will explore services and care through a diversity lens, aligning goals and ideals with race, equity, and inclusion. A special focus will be placed upon learning the development and execution of critical documents and written reports necessary for advocacy with young people. This course is designed to provide students with a solid platform on which they may continue to develop a rich and meaningful practice with youth and families.
The BA un Psychology: Human Services and Rehabilitation program requires 41 credits of major electives:
- Developmental Psychology Elective (3 credits)
- Experiential Electives (6 credits)
- General Electives (32 credits)
Learn more about which courses apply to these credits by speaking with an enrollment counselor.
What You’ll Learn
The online BA in Psychology: Human Services & Rehabilitation degree offers courses that are aligned with the American Psychological Association to ensure you graduate prepared for roles in social, medical, rehabilitation, and human service settings. You’ll learn from top-skilled faculty and build expertise in rehabilitation psychology, case management, crisis intervention, supporting individuals with disabilities and more.
By Graduation, You’ll Have Skills to:
- Meet various human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base
- Focus on prevention, as well as remediation of problems
- Work in a variety of direct-service roles
- Evaluate community resources to assist and support individuals
- Apply the appropriate skills to treat individuals with developmental disabilities
- Advance the independence, integration, and full participation of individuals with rehabilitation needs in the workforce and the community
Careers that Make a Difference
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the social service field is expected to grow 10% through 2031, creating thousands of new positions for experts with psychology and human services skills.1 With the online Human Services & Rehabilitation Psychology bachelor’s degree, you’ll gain the credential to qualify for many of these in-demand positions, plus the education requirement to become a Human Services Board Certified Practitioner.Explore Major Careers
Learn from Industry Experts
At The American Women’s College, your learning is expanded by the rich workplace experience our faculty bring to the classroom. Faculty are professionals who hold an array of titles in the fields they teach. Their involvement in the day-to-day challenges of their role and industry brings curriculums to life with real-world examples as you connect what you learn to what they share.
Each faculty member at TAWC incorporates real industry experience into each lesson. As a student, you’ll receive personalized, one-on-one support and graduate fully prepared to face the challenges of your chosen field.
Michelle McGrath, MA, Senior Director, Psychology Programs
Michelle comes to Bay Path with a combination of experience in the field of psychology as well as higher education. She began her career working as a licensed clinician in a variety of mental health settings, and eventually transitioned to working in higher education where she could combine her interests.
Prior to coming to Bay Path University, she worked at Southern New Hampshire University supporting students in a variety of roles, including university counselor, academic advisor, and adjunct faculty member. An undergraduate education major, Michelle has found that her passion lies with education and student support. Having worked in both a traditional and online undergraduate program, Michelle is able to apply her broad experience to enhancing The American Women’s College psychology program both online and on ground. She is inspired daily by the stories of her students and the motivation and dedication they have for their education.
Choose Your Major
Customize your BA in Psychology program by choosing from a variety of career-focused majors designed to help you achieve your professional goals.
BA in Psychology: Child Psychology
The online BA in Psychology: Child Psychology examines the physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral aspects of child development.
BA in Psychology: Counseling Foundations
The online BA in Psychology: Counseling Foundations major offers experiential learning through instruction, role play, and internships (optional).
BA in Psychology: Forensic Psychology
The online BA in Psychology: Forensic Psychology major combines insights of psychology within the mental health, criminal justice, and legal systems.
BA in Psychology: Foundations of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling
The online BA in Psychology: Foundations of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counseling degree prepares you to effectively support those struggling to overcome addiction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.
Choosing a major for your degree allows you to gain career-ready skills in a specific area of expertise. These specialty skills will allow you to stand out among other professionals in your field and better compete for the position you want.
You’ll complete 120 total credits to earn the online Human Services & Rehabilitation degree. You can review courses now.
No, a major is not required for the online BA in Psychology program. You may choose the standard Psychology degree or one of five major options, which include:
- Child Psychology
- Counseling Foundations
- Forensic Psychology
- Foundations of Alcohol & drug Abuse Counseling
- Human Services & Rehabilitation
You can learn more about coursework for this program on our curriculum page.
The requirements for the online BA in Psychology program include:
- Submit your application.
- Submit official high school transcripts and college transcripts if applicable.
- Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
You can learn more about our admission requirements on our admission page.
Yes. All students of the online BA in Psychology program are required to take the same psychology core courses. This provides the flexibility to change majors during the program without the risk of losing credits.
Those who hold an online Human Services & Rehabilitation degree often pursue career titles such as rehabilitation counselor, social service manager and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these positions offer annual salaries that range from $38,560 to $74,000, and the field is expected to grow 11% by 2031. Learn more about your career options by visiting our careers page.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Occupational Outlook Handbook. “Community and Social Service Occupations.” Retrieved from https://www.bls.gov/ooh/community-and-social-service/home.htm.