HST – ARS Core Curriculum Competencies


1. Knowledge of professional, ethical, personal and client related values and conflicts.

2. Knowledge of human systems: individual, group, family organization, community, and society and their interaction.

3. Explore the psychodynamic, behavioral, humanistic, cognitive and eclectic approaches to working with the individual.

4. Knowledge of diversity in our society .

5. Knowledge of future trends and career choices available to the human service worker.

6. Knowledge of client populations served by human service workers.

7. Knowledge of human service related community resources.

8. Reasons logically, analyzes objectively, generates new ideas, and makes reasoned choices.

9. Express a working knowledge of the historical development of human services and the profession.

10. Distinguish a wide range of intervention techniques and roles that are appropriate to their level of knowledge.

11. To recognize various psychotropic drugs, side effects and reasons for use.

12. Understand various treatment models, strengths and weaknesses.


1. Read, listen, write and speak effectively.

2. Assess and evaluate psychosocial conditions reflecting current individual/participant functioning.

3. Recommends modifications to support optimal human functioning.

4. Demonstrates the ability to select appropriate strategies, services, or interventions and assist in the evaluation of outcomes.

5. Demonstrate information management skills including observations, communication assessment, evaluation and documentation.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of prevention, intervention and resolution skills.

7. Use a wide range of interpersonal skills to include clarifying expectations, dealing effectively with conflict, establishing rapport, maintaining behavior that is congruent with expressed values and empowerment of others.

8. Demonstrate an understanding about the mission and practices of the support organization (agency) with which they are affiliated and participates in the life of the organization.

9. Demonstrates knowledge and application of human intervention skills.

10. Identify and use the skills involved in creating a helping relationship and environment.


1. Cooperates and collaborates with others.

2. Communicates the major human service values and attitudes in or to promote understanding of human service ethics and their application in practice.

3. Examine and develop awareness of one’s own values, personalities, reaction pattern, interpersonal styles and limitations.