College Catalog

Course Descriptions

Introduction to Human Services

HSR115

Examination of the range of human problems, and the programs and systems designed to help individuals address problems. Exploring the roles professionals might assume as human service workers and participating in a supervised field experience are also a part of the course. In addition to the in-class time and supervised 30-hour field experience, a mandatory outside-of-class three-hour seminar meeting to review the professional and personal responsibility requirements for successful completion of the program is also required. Remediation of English and reading deficiencies required prior to enrolling in this course. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): Placement by Examination or ENL001 and Placement by Examination or RDG111.

Introduction to Helping Skills and Process

HSR120

Development of the fundamental skills and processes involved in interviewing and assisting individuals in human service practice. Non-Human Service majors may take this course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115.

Culturally Sensitive Human Service Practice

HSR210

Examination of the implications of cultural, gender, religious, social, economic, and other factors of diversity as they affect the helping relationship, helping strategies, and the effectiveness of human service provision. Emphasis on understanding the influence of an individual's ethnic background, gender, age, socio-economic status, religion, sexual orientation, and other characteristics, particularly those used in the dominant culture to disenfranchise individuals, on the individual's sense of self and community. Exploration of the human service worker's responsibility to honor the entirety of clients' cultural experiences and to structure the helping relationship and attendant activities with sensitivity to diversity. Attention to multicultural barriers and to the impact of the helper's own worldview on the helping relationship, and exploration of strategies for helping that entail systems and social changes that may facilitate greater psychological and physical health for persons of varying cultural backgrounds. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 and PSY111 or HSR115 and SOC111. (Cultural Diversity)

Crisis Intervention

HSR221

Exploration of the basic principles of effective crisis intervention, including how to conduct preliminary assessments and provide psychological first aid. Non-Human Services majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 and HSR120 and HSR210.

Counseling Theories and Techniques

HSR225

Introduction to a variety of theoretical models of counseling and the techniques that each theory generates. Emphasis on the refinement of basic helping skills and use of those skills in various counseling approaches and interventions with application to specific individuals. Experiential as well as traditional learning is expected of enrolled students. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR120 and HSR210 and HSR221.

Management and Administration in Human Services

HSR240

Study of planning, evaluation, management, community relations, and other activities that affect the operation of a human service agency. Focuses on the special needs, such as fund raising, of non-profit agencies. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL121 and HSR115 or ENL201 and HSR115 or EDU101 and ENL121 or EDU101 and ENL201.

Human Services Internship I

HSR255

Supervised field work experience in a human service agency, enabling students to work with professionals, study the agency in which they want to work, and relate theory to practice. Participation requirements: 250 on-site or direct-contact hours and 16 hours of seminar meetings. The following criteria must be met to schedule this course: 1) complete prerequisite HSR course work with at least a 2.5 cumulative average; 2) complete PSY and ENL prerequisite course work with a grade of 'C' or better in each course; 3) complete FIT prerequisite course work with a grade of 'C' or better or submit properly endorsed documentation of successful completion of American Red Cross training in Standard First Aid and a current card validating successful completion of B.C.L.S./C.P.R. curriculum; and 4) depending on work site requirements, completion of standard basic health appraisal form and receipt of Children's Services Protection Act 33 clearance may be necessary. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 10 Internship) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and ENL121 and FIT204 and HSR115 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY201 or ENL111 and ENL121 and FIT204 and HSR115 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY203 or ENL111 and ENL121 and FIT204 and HSR115 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY210. Spring, Summer.

Chemical Dependence: Treatment and Management

HSR260

Identification and analysis of drug usage and chemical dependency from a historic, medical and psychological perspective. Topical issues explored include the medical model of dependence, generic diagnosis, impact of the disease on family, treatment models, outcomes research, and systemic service processes. Non-Human Services majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115. As needed.

Families in Crisis

HSR261

Exploration of family interaction from developmental, systems, and crisis theory perspectives with an emphasis on family crises as temporary dysfunctional states which can be successfully resolved with and without therapeutic intervention. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 or PSY111 or SOC111. As needed.

Criminal Justice

HSR263

Analysis of relevant topics relating to criminal justice, including the goals and values from present systems; problems in the operation of existing systems; remedies and alternatives to these problems; and future trends. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115. As needed.

Children's Service

HSR264

Introduction to local, state, and national services available to children and their families. Emphasis on the community resources needed to provide an effective service to children in a variety of familial, educational, rehabilitation, health care, and community settings. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 or EDU101. As needed.

Psychiatric Rehabilitation

HSR269

Introduction to psychiatric rehabilitation for persons with long-term mental illness. Examination of psychiatric rehabilitation program philosophy, principles, models of service delivery, and selected management issues. Emphasis on improved access to education, employment, housing, and social integration is emphasized in the context of achieving community membership for this population. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PSY201. As needed.

Community Inclusion for People with Disabilities

HSR270

Exploration of issues related to community support for people with disabilities. Central theme identifies the history and philosophy of "support" as an organizing framework for the relationship of individual professionals and service systems to people with disabilities and their families. Emphasis on strategies, models, and resources that support the full participation of persons with disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, and recreate in their own communities. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 or PSY111. As needed.

Serving and Surviving in Human Services

HSR275

Examination of the idealism that frequently motivates individuals to select the human service field as a career by exploring the real demands of working with coworkers, rules, regulations, policies, procedures and customs of organizations. Exploration of the belief systems that characterize effective and ineffective helpers, strategies for recognizing and dealing with personal issues that may influence the provision of services to clients, and the development of a personal plan of action for surviving in the field as an ethical, self-caring practitioner. Because much of the self-awareness and explorative processes occur in groups, the course will also address the evolutionary process of psycho-educational groups. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR221.

Technology and Human Services

HSR310

Introduction to technology and its effect on various consumer populations in the human service field. Examination of the historical development, recent technological advancements and the impact of technology for consumers, providers and society in the fields of adaptive devices, surveillance, and medications. Examination of the applicability of these technologies and the ethical considerations their use presents. Non-HSR majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 and PHL210 and WRSELC. (Science, Technology and Society) Spring Only.

Community and Organizational Change

HSR311

Develops skills for recognizing existing and emergent human needs and for planning successful community and organizational responses to those needs. Exploration of how to apply human service providers' advocacy responsibilities in a macro setting, while at the same time supporting a process of empowerment for both providers and service recipients (the stakeholders). 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 and HSR240 and SOC111. Fall Only.

Contemporary Policies and Issues in Serving Children

HSR323

Introduction to a variety of alternative readings and ideologies in the examination of policy, programs, and funding that impact children. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR115 and HSR264 and PSY203 and SOC232 and WRSELC or HSR115 and HSR264 and PSY210 and SOC232 and WRSELC or HSR115 and HSR264 and PSY203 and SOC231 and WRSELC or HSR115 and HSR264 and PSY210 and SOC231 and WRSELC. As needed.

Advanced Counseling in Human Services

HSR325

Introduction to an array of the most recent counseling strategies and the challenges presented by culturally different, difficult, atypical, or multi-problem clients. Students enhance their skills in analyzing preferred approaches to working with clients (using both recent as well as established theoretical approaches), and strategies for working with the unusual client. The writing proficiency requirement (WRSELC) for the BHS major must be fulfilled prior to scheduling this course. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Expressive Psychotherapies

HSR327

Comprehensive exploration of theories and techniques that emphasize enhancing communication, reducing resistance, and engendering creativity in a therapeutic context. The integration of art, music, writing, and movement activities within specific psychotherapy approaches is emphasized. Experiential as well as traditional learning is expected of enrolled students. The writing proficiency requirement (WRSELC) for the BHS major must be fulfilled prior to scheduling this course. Non-Human Services majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Residential Programs

HSR329

Intensive survey of programs that meet residential, educational, and therapeutic needs for a variety of target populations. Focus on program evaluation, de-institutionalization, normalization and client rights. The writing proficiency requirement (WRSELC) for the BHS major must be fulfilled prior to scheduling this course. Non-Human Services majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR240 and WRSELC. As needed.

Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool

HSR330

Development of competency in planning, adapting, and facilitating a variety of play, structured outdoor activities, challenge games, and selected techniques intended to meet a diverse range of client needs in educational, human services, and health care settings. Exploration of the development, design, selection, application, and safety considerations when employing these techniques/activities. The writing proficiency requirement (WRSELC) for the BHS major must be fulfilled prior to scheduling for this course. Non-Human Services majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR275 and WRSELC.

Assessment and Case Management

HSR370

Principles and practices surrounding the collection of data about persons served and the use of that data in decision-making regarding diagnosis, service planning, intervention, referral, and follow-up. Emphasis on the use of case management methods with various populations; practical skill development includes process documentation. Study includes the history, principles, models, practices, and issues in case management. Non-Human Services majors may take the course with permission of the instructor. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR210 and HSR221 and HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Special Populations in Human Services

HSR410

Examination of special populations and the complex barriers, power dynamics, unique considerations, and issues that confront them and the workers who serve them. Designed to enhance student comprehension and skills to competently serve members of special populations. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR210 and HSR221 and HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Legal Issues in Human Services

HSR411

Introduction to legislation and court decisions that delineate specific client rights, that shape the provision of services, or that indicate the direction of future legal decisions about services to clients. In addition, the code of ethics adopted by relevant organizations in the field of human services is studied. The writing proficiency requirement (WRSELC) for the BHS major must be fulfilled prior to scheduling this course. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR311 and PHL210 and SOC313 and WRSELC. Fall Only.

Contemporary Issues in Human Services

HSR420

Examination of current social issues as they affect individuals, groups, and their communities in the context of contemporary human service practice. The selected issues that are analyzed are beyond the scope of materials treated extensively in regularly scheduled courses. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR255 and HSR311 and SOC313 and WRSELC. As needed.

Advanced Crisis Intervention

HSR421

Examination of psychosocial crisis theory. Designed to refine effective helping skills for crisis intervention and enhance familiarity with both community resources and mental health intervention theories related to trauma and recovery. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR221 and HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Theories and Processes of Groups

HSR441

Examination of the history, theories, and practices of group counseling. Emphasis on understanding different therapeutic modalities as applied to counseling or support groups. Course work involves experiential as well as traditional learning. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR210 and HSR221 and HSR225 and HSR275 and WRSELC. Spring Only.

Human Services Internship II

HSR455

Extensive supervised field work experience, providing in-depth practical learning experiences via immersion in a human service agency. Interns will work as professionals, contribute to and evaluate the agency in which they work, and apply theory in practice. Participation requirements: 560 on-site or direct-contact hours and 10 three-hour seminar meetings. All course work must be completed prior to registering for HSR455, except HSR 495, which is a corequisite. A current card validating successful completion of B.C.L.S./C.P.R. is required. Completion of a standard basic health appraisal clearance may also be required by the placement site. 9 Credits (2 Lecture - 35 Internship) Prerequisite(s): WRSELC. Corequisite(s): HSR495. Spring Only.

Human Services Capstone

HSR495

Consolidation and synthesis of knowledge and self-perceptions related to his/her selection of a career in the human services arena, including completion of a personal portfolio and an analytical case study. All course work must be completed prior to registering for HSR 495 except for the listed corequisite. All Capstone proposals are subject to instructor approval. The writing proficiency requirement (WRSELC) for the BHS major must be fulfilled prior to scheduling this course. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR411 and HTH447 and WRSELC. Corequisite(s): HSR455. Spring Only.

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