Council is committed to assuring the quality, consistency, and relevance
of human service education through research-based standards and
a peer-review, accreditation process. Our vision is to promote excellence
in human service education, provide quality assurance, and support
standards of performance and practice through the accreditation
Benefits of CSHSE Membership include:
Program Accreditation - CSHSE is the only national organization
accrediting human service education programs.
Advantage for Students - Students graduating
from accredited programs are eligible to apply for the CCE HS-BCP
Consultation and Assistance - with curriculum
development and program accreditation.
Marketing - Use of the CSHSE logo on
your program material to identify accreditation. All Council members
are listed on the Council website.
Publications - Members receive The Bulletin and complimentary
copies of the latest CSHSE monographs.
Website - www.cshse.org offers
links to Council information and member programs.
Professional Development - Opportunities
to attend and conduct workshops at regional and national conferences
and to influence national human service standards and educational
Networking - Access to a professional
network of human service educators.
BY-LAWS OF THE COUNCIL FOR STANDARDS IN HUMAN SERVICE
In 1976, the Southern Regional Education Board conducted a survey
of over 300 human service training programs throughout the country
to obtain information on program content and characteristics.
The purpose of the survey was to obtain baseline data upon which
to make decisions concerning program standards. Support for
the project was provided by a grant from the National Institute
for Mental Health.
Results of the survey indicated several areas of significant agreement
among programs training purposes, field experience requirements,
generic skills for working in human services, interdisciplinary
faculty characteristics, and common program policies. These
findings were used by a task force of educators who met to recommend
propos program standards and develop an assessment model.
The task force produced the format and general content areas of
The proposed standards were field tested for language and clarity
before general distribution. In 1978, the propos standards
were mailed to over 1100 faculty members of human service programs
and a group of service providers and graduates for their reactions.
Respondents were asked to rate the acceptability and appropriateness
of each standard and provide additional comments as warranted.
The result of this process was the National Standards for Human
Service Education and Training Programs. They are intentionally
general to strike a balance between clearly stated principles and
enough flexibility to avoid constraining natural diversity among
In 1979, the Council for Standards in Human Service Education was
established to give focus and direction to education and training
in mental health and human services throughout the country.
The Council exists to help human service educators and college administrators
who are interested in achieving maximum educational effectiveness
and to formally recognize and approve programs whose competence
warrants public and professional confidence.
The accreditation process is designed to assist programs in self-study
evaluation and continual improvement and produce new, creative
approaches to the preparation of human service practitioners at
all levels. The Council accreditation attests to a program’s
compliance with the Standards.
In 1983, after using the Standards in the program accreditation
process, the Council Board of Directors authorized the formation
of a task force to review and recommend revisions to the Standards.
The task force's charge was to clarify the differentiation between
advanced and associate degree programs and to create a new technical
(non-degree granting) program level. The task force included
faculty from colleges offering programs at each of the three levels
and training personnel from human service delivery agencies.
The result of the task force's effort was mailed to all members
of the Council for review and comment. These comments were
used as the basis for the following proposed revision of the Standards
for Human Service Worker Education and Training Programs. In 1996,
a survey was conducted at the annual NOHSE conference to determine
if practicum hour standards were still in line with community and
academic needs. Survey analysis indicated that revisions were
in order. A committee was established to review and make the
recommendations that have been incorporated into the standards.
Today, in 2009, the Council remains committed to assuring the
quality, consistency and relevance of human services education
through national standards, accreditation, consultation, research,
and publication. Its vision is to be a world class organization
promoting excellence and success in human service education, providing
quality assurance, and guaranteeing standards of performance and
practice through the accreditation process.