A survey of the historical development and philosophy of the social service in today's society provides a student's study. Students will learn of the helping values, techniques, ethics, programs, and populations served. Family systems, aging, interpersonal violence, and suicide are some of the important topics to be explored. The course outcomes will provide the foundation and tools to be an effective professional in the human services field in addition to the development of active listening skills. The class material will assist the student to better understand themselves and their world through value clarifications and a social justice lens.