Human Services

Human Services

Overview

The Human Services degree program at Argosy University, Online is designed to prepare students to work in public and private human services agencies and organizations such as mental health centers, guidance centers, mental hospitals, alcohol and drug treatment centers, and correctional institutions.

The Human Services degree program is intended for individuals already employed in the human services field who wish to advance or those who plan to change careers to the human services professions. Students will have an opportunity to apply relevant academic theory to practice through a competency-based curriculum. The Human Services degree program is designed to develop an understanding of the needs of diverse populations, as well as the systems essential to operating human service programs.

Success After Argosy

As a human services graduate from Argosy University, you will be able to gain the professional skills required to compete for titled roles such as:

  • Mental Health Counselors
  • Social and Community Service Managers
  • Social and Human Service Assistants
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Alumni Spotlight

Oversees New Student Orientation Programs, Counseling and Placement and Health Services

Stephan Moore
2009, Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership
Argosy University, Online Programs
Vice Chancellor for Student Engagement at Louisiana State University of Alexandria

“The Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership Program at Argosy University aligned with my professional experiences and my research interests. [The school trained me to] utilize my passion for knowledge to help others succeed by becoming an effective leader in the educational field.”

Oversees New Student Orientation Programs, Counseling and Placement and Health Services

Stephan Moore was recently named the vice chancellor for student engagement at Louisiana State University of Alexandria. He’s responsible for all areas of student support including housing, student organizations, advising, campus activities, testing, disability services and counseling. He also works on the areas of student engagement and retention.

Prior to joining LSUA, he served as dean of students at the University of the Virgin Islands, reporting directly to the provost and serves as a member of the president’s cabinet. “[I oversaw] the division of student affairs’ personnel and programming including new student orientation programs, counseling and placement, student employment, health services, student governance, student leadership development, student activities, residence life, food services, student discipline, judicial affairs and services for students with special needs,” he said.

In addition to a Master of Arts in Education in Educational Leadership from Argosy University, Online Programs, Moore earned a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies from Campbell University. He’s working toward a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Leadership at Georgia Southern University. Moore is interested in examining the ways in which academic and social programs hosted by Multicultural Centers at predominantly white institutions aid in increased recruitment, persistence, progression, retention and graduation of black male students in higher education.

Moore chose Argosy University because the school offered collaborative experiences that suited his professional goals. “I was excited about the program's direction and its emphasis on practical application,” he stated. “The program aligned with my professional experiences and my research interests.”

He added that his master’s degree provided the opportunity to grow in his career. He worked as a student affairs administrator and part-time faculty member—while assisting others in co-curricular education. “Argosy University allowed me to expand my impact as a knowledgeable and seasoned administrator, moving beyond the departmental level—expanding my influence and leadership to the division and college levels,” he said. The program allowed him to investigate issues including how the success of his office translates into the broader success of the institution, as well as how a school’s success can impact the higher education community.

Moore added that the flexibility of online education helped him to fit an education into his busy schedule. “Every course offered the opportunity for independent research and the faculty was open to students’ suggestions for improvement,” he stated. “The patience of the faculty and the students’ talent made Argosy University my first choice for my master’s degree.”

He mentioned that growing up in rural North Carolina shaped his passion to help young adults. “During high school, it all came together when students were randomly selected for mentoring,” he said. Moore worked with his high school’s fitness and wellness counselor, who recognized his calling to help others. “She introduced me to resources that were necessary for me as a young adult to not only succeed but to excel. At first, I resisted her efforts because tensions between different groups in my high school were complex, particularly around the area of race. But after some personal growth, my opinion of the situation changed.”

He acknowledged that his journey was not easy—and sought higher education that treated him as a person, not just a number. “The administrators and faculty members at Argosy University shared a high level of care, compassion, dedication and support to the students,” he said. “I have managed residential housing, dealt with student emotional concerns and issues and conducted judicial hearings. I recognized that by creating opportunities that foster a sense of responsibility toward the campus community, student affairs facilitates each student’s transition into adulthood.”

Moore recommended that students stay focused on their goals, emphasizing that education is a license to the future. “The knowledge that you gain while attending college can never be erased but can forever be enhanced,” he stated. “It is so critical to realize that the possibilities and the choices in front of you are unlimited.”

He is active in community service and has received professional recognitions including participation in NASPA Institute for aspiring chief student affairs officers, SJTI (Social Justice Training Institute), NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute), the William R. Harvey Executive Leadership Summit and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. In 2016, he received the African American Knowledge Community (AAKC) Sankofa Award from the National Association for Student Affairs Administrators (NASPA).

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Runs Nonprofit Vanderpump Dog Foundation, Which Creates More Humane World for Dogs

Dr. John Sessa
2015, Doctor of Business Administration in Business Administration
Argosy University, Online Programs
Executive Director of the Vanderpump Dog Foundation

“I feel like it’s a privilege to do work that matters. When I look at the faces of the dogs we rescue—and the faces of the people who adopt them—I know we’re helping [to] make the world a better place.”

Runs Nonprofit Vanderpump Dog Foundation, Which Creates More Humane World for Dogs

Dr. John Sessa is the executive director of the Vanderpump Dog Foundation, a southern California non-profit with the mission to create a more humane world for dogs. The organization’s 500-square foot, neon pink Los Angeles rescue center offers retail, food, grooming services, a dog café and an adoption facility.

In its first month of operation, the foundation placed 40 dogs in loving homes. In addition to his work at the dog foundation, Sessa is a co-founder and chief operating officer of Vanderpump Pets, which produces a line of premium pet accessories sold across the United States.

Sessa rose to stardom after meeting philanthropist, entrepreneur, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” television star Lisa Vanderpump and her husband, Ken Todd. Sessa had just completed his Doctor of Business Administration and was focused on advising for start-up and mid-level businesses. The friendship developed into a work partnership—leading Sessa to relocate from Florida to California.

Sessa chose to pursue a doctoral level degree because he believed that a terminal degree was essential to career development. “I was often in meetings where I was the youngest person by 20 years,” Sessa stated. “I also look younger than I am, so when I met prospective clients or associates, I could always sense they were wondering ‘Who’s the kid?’ I knew I that in order to be taken seriously and establish the career I envisioned, I was going to have to get my doctor level degree.”

He chose Argosy University, Online Programs because it was the best fit for his goals. Sessa earned a Doctor of Business Administration in Business Administration in 2015. “The admissions team and [my] advisor were so accommodating and easy to work with,” added Sessa. “Before I knew it, I was beginning my classes, which was great because I was really motivated to get started.” He chose a concentration in global finance and business and worked to meet a self-imposed target date for graduation.

“I knew when I wanted to graduate and what I’d need to do in order to make it happen,” he said. Completing his doctorate was challenging while working full-time. “There were plenty of Sundays when I would spend 15 hours studying while my friends were out [relaxing]. But the effort and sacrifice were absolutely worth it.”

Over time, Sessa discovered that his doctoral degree paid off in a broader context than just earnings. “The process of earning [it] gave me a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence that [was] every bit as valuable as anything I learned in any class,” Sessa stated. “It’s done more than enhance my career. It’s enhanced my life.”

Sessa grew up on a farm and came full-circle to advocate for the well-being of animals.

“[I grew up] loving and having empathy for animals,” added Sessa. “I pinch myself that I get to do work I’m passionate about. If someone had told me even five years ago that I’d travel to Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress in support of a resolution my partners and I drafted with Congressional allies to condemn the Yulin Dog Meat Festival, I would never have believed them. I also never imagined that I’d travel to China to rescue animals and co-write and direct a documentary like The Road to Yulin: and Beyond. The twists and turns my career—and my life—have taken in the past few years continue to amaze me.”

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Utilized Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP) to Gain Advanced Standing in MA in Forensic Psychology Program

Melissa Mckinney
2014, Associate of Science, Business Administration, Argosy University, Online Programs
2016, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Argosy University, Online Programs
Operations Coordinator, Jokake Construction Services

“It speaks volumes about a school and its people when a student is involved in an online setting—with no in-person interaction involved—and they feel welcomed and at ease. It truly is an amazing school.”

Melissa Mckinney is the operations coordinator at Jokake Construction Services in Phoenix, Arizona—it’s a position that she says is the first step on her career path. Melissa has been with the company for ten years, working while pursuing her higher education. “[The company] provided support for my desire to grow while also earning my degrees.”

Her job responsibilities include assisting the field staff with all duties, from technology to communications issues. “I am very passionate about continued education, so I help to manage training and certification classes as well. I also assist the general superintendent and vice president of operations.” Jokake Construction Services is a full service general contractor serving the southwest. “The company was ranked #17 in Phoenix Business Journal’s 2016 ‘Best Places to Work,’” Melissa proudly adds. “My success equates to the success of all of my business partners. I have learned a lot from the people I work with and they have watched me grow over the past ten years.”

Melissa admits that her academic career got off to a rocky to start. She dropped out of school once—just a few credits short of completing her Associate’s degree. A year later, with the help of her admissions representative from Argosy University, Online Programs, she decided to return to school and finish her degree. “When I [was getting closer to] graduation, I decided to take a leap and immediately go into the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. It was in that program that I began to shine.” During her Bachelor’s degree program, Melissa participated in Argosy University’s Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP), which allowed her to take select graduate-level courses. These classes counted toward the completion of her Bachelor’s degree and enabled her to gain advanced standing as she works toward a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Argosy University, Online Programs.

While in MAP, Melissa learned from experienced* graduate-level faculty while she was still an undergraduate. The experience gave her a hands-on view of what it’s like to be in a Master’s level program and also provided networking opportunities and the chance to learn from guest speakers. Melissa adds that her academic accomplishments led to scholarships and an increased sense of confidence and independence.

Because she went to school while working full time, Melissa understands that commitment is the key to success. “Do not get complacent. Remain humble, recognize your accomplishments, and celebrate them. Continuing your education at the college level can be difficult, but do not give up and do not be afraid to ask questions.” Melissa chose Argosy University, Online Programs because of the convenience of online learning—but also because she found the school and faculty to be honest, reputable, reliable, and accountable. She adds that because of her propensity to get distracted while in a traditional classroom, she needed to enroll in an online program. “Having the freedom to decide when I wanted to apply myself at school was a terrifying idea. But I surprised myself and really re-trained myself to make it work.”

Today, Melissa sees herself as a totally different person than she was when she started her education. “My whole attitude, personality, and value system has changed. I used to hold everyone above me. I [now] know that I am important and destined for greatness. I am deserving because I put my mind to it and worked really hard. I am becoming the woman I was meant to be.”

She cites the ongoing support of her admissions representative as being critical to her success at Argosy University, Online Programs. “She is familiar [with my situation] and can relate to almost every issue I throw her way. I guess you could say she is the reason I stayed. And I know other students that feel the same about their Argosy [support] team.”

Melissa strongly advocates the value of an online education to others who are seeking to grow academically and professionally. “It speaks volumes about a school and its people when a student is involved in an online setting—with no in-person interaction involved—and they feel welcomed and at ease. It truly is an amazing school.”

In addition to her career, Melissa volunteers at local nonprofit organizations including Feed My Starving Children and the United Way. She takes pride in helping to provide food to children so that they can be at their best during the school day. “I am also an avid animal lover and support animal charities as well.”

Melissa holds two degrees from Argosy University, Online Programs. In 2014, she earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration and in 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She says that her education provided the educational and networking platform that prepared her to advance in her career. And she hopes to do just that. Once she completes her Master’s degree, she hopes to continue working at her current company—in a bigger and higher-level role.

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Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses

Patricia Mikulan
2016, Doctor of Education, Pastoral Community Counseling, Argosy University, Online Programs
Director of Residential Services, The Drug Abuse Foundation

“Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses

Patricia Mikulan is the director of residential services for The Drug Abuse Foundation. She’s also a Certified Addiction Professional—working in a non-profit setting that provides services to individuals who struggle with addictions and dual-diagnoses. Patricia oversees the programs, services, and community outreach for non-profit’s men and women's residential program.

Prior to earning her Doctor level degree, Patricia completed a Bachelor's degree in Fitness Management/Community Health, a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Education Counseling & Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Practical Theology.“My career path has afforded me [the opportunity] to work with various populations in various settings. This provided me with an abundance of experience and challenges in dealing with individuals who struggle with addiction, mental health, and homeless issues,” she says.

Patricia understands the value of networking and collaboration, and worked closely with local community agencies to implement a CIT (crisis intervention team training) program in her community that trained police officers to respond to individuals who suffer with mental health crises. Additionally, she worked during her dissertation to connect community church agencies with homeless services.

In addition to her work at The Drug Abuse Foundation, Patricia is involved as a ministry leader at her local church. “I am public speaker for the recovery and mental health field,[explaining] that recovery is possible.” She adds that while getting to where she is now took hard work and dedication, current students should stay focused and “follow the dream that you have in your heart.”

Patricia’s experiences and challenges have made her stronger, she says. The most difficult challenge she’s faced was the death of her husband. “[That] propelled me forward and I dedicated my dissertation in his memory; I had an agency change their mind concerning completing my dissertation and I had to start all over.” But her hard work paid off and today she says that her coursework prepared her to deal the many personalities that come along with her line of work.

Patricia, who in 2016 earned a Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University, Online Programs, says that her education helped her to grow and prepare for her future. “Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

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