The Definition of Human Services
For those unfamiliar with the field, the question may arise “what is the definition of Human Services?” The answer is that Human Services is a vast field that describes many very different kinds of occupations. However, there is one common thread that runs throughout the Human Services field and defines it. Human Services are those jobs which provide a Service to Society, particularly in times of crisis. Human Services are designed to help people navigate through crisis or chronic situations where the person feels they need external help and guidance to move forward with their life and rediscover their personal power and self-sufficiency. Sometimes the situation the person needs help with is external, such as the loss of a job or income, the need for food or housing or for help getting out of a dangerous situation. For other people the difficulty they are facing is an internal challenge such as depression, a physical ailment or disability or other mental or physical health crisis.