Lynn Washington, Human Services chair for Arkansas Tech University-Ozark Campus, has been appointed as the Arkansas representative to the Southern Organization of Human Services (SOHS) Board.
SOHS is one of five regional branches of the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS), a professional organization open to educators, professionals and students interested in current issues in the field of human services.
Human services professionals provide direct and indirect services in public and private agencies by assisting individuals, families and groups to meet human needs, which may be social, emotional, behavioral, environmental, vocational or health related.
Washington has been a member of NOHS and SOHS since October 2012, when she joined Arkansas Tech-Ozark as the chair of the Human Services program.
“It is quite an honor to be a part of an organization focused on improving the quality and professionalism of the human service industry,” she said.
NOHS’ mission is to strengthen the community of human services by: expanding professional development opportunities; promoting professional and organizational identity through certification; enhancing internal and external communications; advocating and implementing a social policy and agenda; and nurturing the financial sustainability and growth of the organization, according to the NOHS website.
SOHS includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia, as well as Puerto Rico.
Washington was trained as a counselor and psychometrist at Northeaster State University at Tahlequah, Okla. Before accepting her position at Arkansas Tech-Ozark, she previously worked as a counselor in community mental health and has extensive experience working with trauma and abuse in children and adults, mood disorders and behavioral problems.
She was nominated to the board by President Susan Claxton, associate professor of sociology and human services coordinator for Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga.
Washington said her board membership will involve representing the state of Arkansas in increasing the visibility and viability of human service jobs, working with legislature to include these degrees for jobs traditionally filled by other degrees and educating stakeholders and communities.
“And, most of all, improving our programs to produce outstanding human service professionals,” she said.