James Stinchcomb, MSW, MPA, HS-BCP, CNP, has worked in the human services field for more than 20 years and currently serves as Assistant Director of Diverse Student Success at Kennesaw State University (KSU) in Georgia, where he is also a part-time faculty member in the Department of Social Work and Human Services. He is also a social worker, and earlier this year he became president of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) after holding various board positions there for 10 years.
NOHS is a nonprofit organization that represents human service practitioners, educators, students, and future human service professionals and works to strengthen individuals and communities transformed through human services. The Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE) created the Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential in partnership with NOHS, in consultation with the Council for Standards in Human Service Education, to help human services practitioners seeking to advance their careers by acquiring independent verification of their knowledge and educational background.
Stinchcomb recently shared his thoughts with us about his new role at NOHS, the future of the human services field, and the HS-BCP credential.
What do you enjoy most about your new role?
I enjoy leading, collaborating, strategizing, and working with an amazing team who is passionate about our profession and the field of human services. Human services is broadly defined, and that is what makes us so special; we are a field that touches almost every part of human interaction while working in policy, government, and so much more. As our mission states, NOHS works to support all human service professionals in our primary purpose to assist individuals and communities to function as effectively as possible in all major domains of living.
How does NOHS help human services students and professionals?
Currently, NOHS serves our members in several ways through products that help define our profession, such as the Journal of Human Services, Human Services Today, and our Roundtable podcast. We determine ethical standards, connect students with education and training, and help define our profession. Finally, we help students to be successful practitioners in the field of human services, and we help educators to learn practices, lead students to be ready to work, and provide ongoing training.
What are your biggest challenges?
I think we are still not as known as the leaders in human services and should be a much larger national organization. We have worked hard over the years to restructure and realign our organization to become a leader in human services and are expanding our mission with educators, students, and professionals.
What would you like to accomplish with NOHS?
I would like to see our organization become the leader in the profession of human services by working in partnership with organizations at local, state, and national levels. NOHS wants to define and bring recognition to the field. This will only happen when we truly work together and promote all the great things human services professionals do. Finally, let’s not forget how important the education, training, and recognition are to help grow the number of colleges and universities providing degrees in human services, which in return provides more students who are ready to go into the workforce.
How can someone benefit from earning the HS-BCP credential?
The HS-BCP plays a vital role in giving our profession recognition and distinguishing those in our field. Those who have received the HS-BCP stand out among their peers and show they meet a higher standard of education and training.
What will the future of human services look like?
I think the field of human services is going to continue to grow. NOHS is ready to get involved, collaborate with other organizations, and work hard to bring the recognition needed for our profession and human services education and training.
James Stinchcomb received a bachelor’s degree in human services and a Master of Public Administration from KSU, and a Master of Social Work from the University of Georgia. He is the CEO of Baux Blue Consulting, which helps nonprofit organizations and governmental agencies by supplying training, strategic planning, management leadership, and top-down reviews to help them become more effective and efficient. For the past 5 years, he has also provided clinical assessment, therapy, and other related crisis services at various human services agencies.
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