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Human Services Technology

Contact Person

Lisa Skeens, Ph.D, MSW, LISW

1570 Granville Pike

Herrold Hall 202

Lancaster, Ohio, 43130-1097

740-654-6711 ext. 241

Information about the faculty

The Human Services technology offers a variety of full time and adjunct faculty with expertise in the areas of community development, mental health, substance abuse, child protection and various other disciplines. Small class sizes lend to a supportive and interactive learning environment. Dr. Lisa Skeens is the primary advisor for students in the program. Students work with their advisor by face-to-face meetings, emails and phone consultations to choose courses and develop short- and long-term goals in their educational career.

Dr. Skeens has 18 years experience working in the field of social work, mental health and health care. Her primary focus is mental health, and specializes in anxiety and trauma disorders in her role as a therapist. Dr. Skeens also has expertise in individual, couples and family therapy. Dr. Skeens has conducted research on mental health needs of migrant farm workers, indigenous mental health care practices in South America, stress related illnesses of women and burn-out prevention of human services workers.
 She has also conducted research on non-medical methods of treating childhood ADHD and has developed a new protocol methodology for ADHD referrals in Ohio elementary schools.

Dr. Skeens has also been a full-time faculty member at Capital University in the Social Work program and was Department Chair of the Social Work program at Lambuth Unversity in Jackson, Tennessee.

Dr. Skeens is also a national consultant and trainer on mental health topics, including anxiety disorders, verbal and emotional abuse and creative intervention strategies for ADHD and childhood behavioral disorders.


Tentative Semester Planner Information

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Links to Professional/Student Organizations


Students are able to participate in the Human Services Student Association. The group offers service projects in the community and on campus and also allows students to have various social activities through the semester.

The Human Services Technology program provides students with knowledge, values and skills applicable to a variety of employment settings, such as mental health, chemical dependency, social services and corrections. HST graduates are employed as case managers, mental health technicians, geriatric aides, chemical dependency counselor assistants, social work assistants and child care advocates.

By supplementing technical training with a broad academic, liberal arts background, students are prepared to pursue employment or continue for higher education at the bachelor's and master's level.


Link to Ohio University Undergraduate Catalog - Human Services Technology