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Human Services: Home

a guide to online and print resources for human services research.

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HUSV 2324 Mindfulness and Mental Health Fall 2022

check the Coping webpage for support services.

What you can do with a Human Services degree

The degree prepares you to apply professional skills in counseling roles, nonprofit management, political advocacy, or organizational and community development.

Some career paths are described in the video, Human Services Careers.

Check the Co-op to Career webpage for information.

Library Quick Links

Northeastern University: University Libraries

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Key Resources

Academic Search Complete is interdisciplinary with academic as well as popular and news articles, a good place to start research.

International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition contains authoritative articles on the social and behavioral sciences

CQ Researcher with in-depth, unbiased coverage of topics such as bullying, health care, death penalty, race and ethnicity.

DSM 5, the standard reference for clinical practice in the mental health field, and helpful resource for description of disorders, behaviors, emerging assessment measure, cultural formation, etc.

ICD-11, the 11th revision of the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization

PolicyFile is updated weekly with abstracts and links to international and domestic policy papers and reports. Browse the links to organizations, or keyword search for reports.

PsycINFO is the flagship index of the American Psychological Association, a comprehensive look at the journals, articles, books, dissertations in the field. International in scope.

PTSDpubs, international in coverage, indexes post-traumatic stress disorder literature.

Social Services Abstracts  THE resource for abstracts on research related to social services, but don't forget to also check--Sociological Abstracts, the major resource for abstracts from international literature for research in sociology and related disciplines

The best of both worlds: Sociology (ProQuest) has full-text articles from sociology and social work materials indexed in Sociological Abstracts AND Social Services Abstracts.

JSTOR, a collection of scholarly articles. Use Advanced Search to focus your search within the Social Work journal collection NOTE: recently expanded to include books and images.

National Institutes of Health. PROMIS (Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System
      Other measurement systems are described  on Health Measures

SAGE Research Methods contains books, encyclopedias and dictionaries and customized project planners to help with your research methods questions: how do I do a literature review

Another type of review is the systematic review

One resource for this type of research is The Campbell Collaboration which presents short versions of the Systematic Reviews with links to the full reports
Campbell Systematic Reviews and plain language summaries

Key Training Resources

  •  Mindscape Commons is the world’s first online resource for immersive and interactive content in mental health. It presents and documents nearly 200 VR experiences, as well as some serious games and apps, for teaching and research in counseling, social work, psychology, health sciences, and related programs.
  • Symptom Media Film Library contains clinical training vignettes produced with a multi-disciplinary behavioral health team working in concert with professional scriptwriters, filmmakers, and highly trained actors.
  • AVON (Academic Video ONline)  is a searchable collection of academic videos--search counseling to view over 5,000 videos.

Open Access Media Collections

Search "mental health" or ptsd

Your Librarian

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Student Highlights

Visit Human Services Program page to learn about special projects and accomplishments of Human Services students.

Additional Human Services Links

Archives and Special Collections, NU Libraries, collects historically significant records of the University, as well as Documenting Diversity of under-represented communities in Boston.

Human Services Program and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology  webpage provide links to related research centers and Anthropology, Sociology and Human Services (ASH) CO-OP.

Center for the Study of Sport and Society
is one of the world's leading social justice organization using the power of sports to create social change both nationally and internationally.

The Institute on Race and Justice brings together researchers from colleges, schools and departments in the social sciences.

The mission of the Institute on Urban Health Research is to understand "the social and environmental conditions of urban living in order to inform public health intervention strategies, policies and professional training."

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is the largest membership organization of professional social workers in the world.

O.P.E.N. Office of Prevention and Education @ Northeastern 

Massachusetts State Portal

Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH)
The image below is really too small to read. Connect to the above link and search for "social work" or "human services" to see the diverse career opportunities!

New Work Environment for Social Workers:
University of Illinois Police add Social Workers for More Effective Response to Mental Health Crises


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