Human Services Courses

Introduction to Human Services


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 one and a half 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


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


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)

Assessment, Case Management & Crisis Intervention


Principles and practices surrounding the collection of data about persons served and the use of that data in decision-making regarding diagnosis, mental status, service planning, intervention, referral, and follow-up. Emphasis on the use of case management and crisis assessment methods with various populations; practical skill development includes process documentation and supportive interventions for those in crisis such as providing psychological first aid. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR120 and HSR210.

Counseling Theories and Techniques


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 or HSR120 and HSR210 and HSR223.

Management and Administration in Human Services


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. Spring Only.

Human Services Internship I


Supervised fieldwork 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 onsite or direct-contact hours and 16 hours of seminar meetings. Depending on work site requirements, completion of standard basic health appraisal form and receipt of Children's Services Protection Act 33 clearance, State Police clearance, and FBI clearances. 3 Credits (1 Lecture - 10 Internship) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and ENL121 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY201 or ENL111 and ENL121 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY203 or ENL111 and ENL201 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY201 or ENL111 and ENL201 and HSR120 and HSR210 and PSY203. Spring, Summer.

Chemical Dependence: Treatment and Management


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 or PSY111 or SOC111. Spring Only.

Families in Crisis


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


Analysis of relevant topics relating to the American criminal justice system, 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) As needed.

Serving and Surviving in Human Services


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): HSR115 and HSR120 and HSR221 or HSR115 and HSR120 and HSR223.

Community and Organizational Change


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.

Outdoor Recreation as a Therapeutic Tool


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.

Experiential Interventions


Basic principles in using experiential and expressive interventions in the helping relationship. Emphasis on using art, music, writing, movement, drama, play, and cinema, among other approaches, in helping situations such as individual and group counseling, educational and recreational settings, residential programs and psycho-educational groups. Involves both in-class and outside-of-class experiential activities as well as traditional learning. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Applied Psychiatric Rehabilitation


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. (formerly HSR269) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): PSY201 and WRSELC. As needed.

Advanced Crisis


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. (formerly HSR421) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR223 and WRSELC or HSR221 and WRSELC. As needed.

Special Populations in Human Services


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 HSR223 and HSR225 and WRSELC or HSR210 and HSR221 and HSR225 and WRSELC. As needed.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services


Introduction to specific 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. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): HSR311 and PHL210 and SOC313 and WRSELC. Fall Only.

Contemporary Issues in Human Services


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.

Theories and Processes of Groups


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 HSR223 and HSR225 and HSR275 and WRSELC or HSR210 and HSR221 and HSR225 and HSR275 and WRSELC. Spring Only.

Human Services Internship II


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


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 WRSELC. Corequisite(s): HSR455. Spring Only.


Get more information about academics, campus life, and more.


Ready to experience all campus has to offer? We have a visit option designed just for you.


With open enrollment and rolling admissions, applying is easy.