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Human Services Technology

Human Services Technology students learn to provide services for individuals, families, groups and communities in need. HST is a two-year course of study leading to an Associate of Applied Science degree. The goal of the program is to provide a generalist approach that develops knowledge and skills applicable to a variety of diverse settings, such as social services, corrections, mental health and substance abuse. The degree also allows students to apply for the Social Work Assistant registration through the Ohio Counselor and Social Worker Board upon completion of required coursework.





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Contact Person

Michael Ashton MSSW, LISW-S

1570 Granville Pike

Brasee Hall 524

Lancaster, Ohio, 43130-1097



Information about the faculty

Human Services Technology offers a variety of full-time and adjunct faculty with expertise in the area of community development, mental health, substance abuse, child protection, and various other disciplines. Small class sizes lend to a supportive and interactive learning environment. Professor Michael Ashton is the primary advisor to 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.


Professor Ashton has 42 years' experience working in the field of social work, mental health and health care. His primary focus is mental health specializing in individual and family therapy as a therapist. Professor Ashton also has expertise in anxiety and victimization trauma disorders and has conducted research in Socio-Moral Development among delinquent youth. He has specialized in sexual abuse victimization trauma, sexual offending behavior and suicide. In addition, Professor Ashton has experience with Child Protective Services, Community Mental Health, Substance Abuse diagnosis and treatment, Juvenile Justice, Residential Treatment of Delinquent Youth and Crisis Intervention. He served for 23 years as the Clinical Director of New Horizons Counseling Center, the community mental health center in Fairfield County, Ohio.


Professor Ashton served as an Adjunct Faculty Social Worker at Ohio University Lancaster and Pickerington Center, as well as Ohio University Cillicothe, prior to assuming his present position as Lecturer in Human Services Technology.


Professor Ashton is a member of the Prevention Works for a Drug Free Fairfield County Coalition and has served on the Fairfield County Opiate Task Force and Multi-System Youth Committee. He has lectured extensively on child abuse and trauma, clinical boundaries and suicide.


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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.