Family & Human Services - Family Services

Explore a dynamic and flexible learning experience that builds to a rewarding career with our Family Services degree option. We need people with empathy for others, passion for advocacy, and a strong desire to help people overcome the challenges in their lives.

Family Service professionals work to help family members develop strengths, healthy relationships, and full, meaningful lives. You may work in youth services agencies, mental health centers, agencies that serve the elderly, disability services, case management, prevention, and more. Be part of a helping field that fosters hope for the future.

Career Forecast Bright OutlookAverage Salary $48,140on campusonlinehybrid
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Why Choose Washburn?

A career in Family Services is an opportunity to make an impact on the lives of others. It is more than just a job – it is a rewarding career promoting the wellbeing of individuals, families, and communities. Students who graduate from our program are career-ready and prepared to earn a marketable, in-demand credential as a licensed, helping professional.

Our program offers customizable academic plans:

  • Choose fully online coursework, or a mix of campus and online classes to fit your schedule
  • Full-time or part-time options
  • Meaningful fieldwork and professional networking in your own community
  • Gain real-world career experience with two internships at agencies in your community
  • Graduates of our program are eligible to apply for certification in Person-Centered Case Management (PCCM) through the Kansas Department on Aging and Disability Services and for certification as a Family Life Educator (CFLE) through the National Council on Family Relations
  • We are transfer friendly and accept substitutions from related coursework taken at other colleges/universities

Our program provides a foundation of evidence-based practices, enhanced by a special focus on critical challenges in the field. All of us - students, professors, clients and communities - benefit from a broad and inclusive perspective. Washburn welcomes students from diverse backgrounds.

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Meet Rheagan

Rheagan Hageman always knew she wanted to help others. The real-world experience to do just that through the Family and Human Services department made her choice of what to study an easy one. 

As an Ichabod, Rheagan took full advantage of numerous opportunities to get involved on campus, serving as a First Year Experience Peer Educator, member of Delta Gamma Sorority and several honorary societies. 

She also completed internships at the Topeka Rescue Mission in the Children's Palace and the YWCA Center for Safety and Empowerment. Her internship experiences gave her a better understanding of just how resilient people can be, despite the tough circumstances they may be facing. 

Rheagan received her Bachelor of Applied Science in Family Services this spring and was a finalist for the Sibberson Award, Washburn's highest academic honor. She now works as a Youth Client Support Provider at Pawnee Mental Health Services in Manhattan, Kansas, providing one-on-one support to children and helping to run after school groups that focus on building group and social skills.

Her advice for future Ichabod's is to take full advantage of the internship experiences.

"Be intentional with the time you spend at your internships," Rheagan said. "It may seem like just another thing you have to complete, but they are truly valuable experiences."

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GET IN TOUCH WITH Family & Human Services

Family & Human Services
Benton Hall, Room 311
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

Phone & Email
Ph: 785.670.2116

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