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UIS’s Master of Arts in Human Services has been selected by BestValueSchools.org as one of the top five master’s degrees in Human Services for 2021.

Human Services Fundraising

The Department of Human Services offers a post-baccalaureate certificate entitled Fundraising in the Nonprofit Sector.  Fundraising is integral to the sustainability of nonprofits organizations large and small.  HMS 591, Fundraising in the Nonprofit Sector, addresses critical practices and fundraising programs commonly seen in nonprofit organizations.  This course covers topics that include principles of fundraising, gift giving, cause-related fundraising events, online fundraising, planned-giving, managing fundraising, volunteers and legal and ethical issues.  The 16-credit hour certification is linked to national certification as a Certified Fundraising Executive.
Required Courses Hours
HMS 538 Social Services Administration 4
HMS 588 Grant Writing in Human Services 4
HMS 589 Financial Management in the Nonprofit Sector 4
HMS 591 Fundraising in the Nonprofit Sector 4
Total Hours 16

 Human Services welcomes lecturer Lisa Vinson in August 2020

Portrait of Lisa Vinson, lecturer in Human Services

My name is Lisa Vinson and I have accepted the position of Assistant Professor/Program Coordinator of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Concentration at University of Illinois – Springfield in the College of Education and Human Services. I am expected to earn a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision from Northern Illinois University this year. I am a National Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Counselor, a Cooccurring Disorder Professional Counselor I, and an Approved Clinical Supervisor. I have more than 20 years of experience in the human service field, focusing on educational and clinical services that impact diverse racial/ethnic individuals and their families. I have worked in various capacities at Chicago Public Schools, several higher education institutions and mental health/substance use social service agencies, with a previous focus that served Chicago’s South and far South Side communities.

Throughout my career I have been actively involved in working with the community. Early in my counseling career I oversaw youth-related programming spanning education, job readiness and development, and anti-violence initiatives. I was previously a counseling intern with Metropolitan Family Services Calumet’s Upward Bound Schools program (which includes before and after school programs at multiple Chicago Public Schools) and later became a professional counselor and concluded as the Program Supervisor for Metropolitan’s “STEP UP in Health Careers” program, conducted in partnership with Chicago State University and South Suburban College. STEP UP is a federally funded career-laddering program that provides educational training for Temporary Assistance for Needy Family (TANF) recipients and low-income eligible individuals in high-demand healthcare fields. I also led critical incident initiatives, across all Metropolitan Family Services’ Calumet programing for the Roseland and Altgeld communities.

As a Counselor Educator who specializes in substance use disorders, I place strong emphasis on the learning and development of counseling students to promote a strong professional identity within the field of counseling. Creating innovative teaching approaches online, is my attempt to assist students with creating life-long memories that will add value throughout their professional careers. Student choices and their professional identity are key components for training competent counselors and as a licensed clinical professional counselor I believe every individual has the right to be served by a professional counselor and should have access to a comprehensive multi-tiered system of support to effectively meet the needs of those focused on recovery, during relapse, or those struggling with life stressors and psychological problems. These core beliefs led me to seek out extensive clinical supervisor training which enhanced my professional supervision and leadership work by obtaining the Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) credential. The ACS markets national qualifications and standards among “mental health experts to promote a clinical supervisor’s identity, visibility, and accountability that inspires professional growth (CCE, 2020).”

I launched my human service career as an in-home daycare teacher assistant in Chicago. IL. I earned a bachelor’s and master’s Degree from Chicago State University, in addition to completing Chicago State University’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program for the Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling program. My research and professional interests include how America’s cultures and its changing aspects and after-effects of discrimination intersect with communities of color, higher education goals and minority mental health. My personal interests include reading and watching historical documentaries concerning race, discrimination, and civil unrest.


Online graduates’ brunch

Graduates of the online program are invited to campus each May for an online graduates’ brunch, where they meet college faculty and administrators prior to graduation. Circumstances prevented our physical get-together in 2020, but we moved our celebration online.

Carolyn Peck researches geriatric care

University of Illinois Springfield Associate Professor of Human Services Carolyn Peck researches burnout and compassion fatigue among geriatric care managers.


Denise Bockmier-Sommers researches service learning in education.