Human Services


HSR 1000. Introduction To Human Services. 3 hrs.

This course provides an overview of the field of human services and social welfare, including an analysis of the social, political, and historical context in which human service delivery takes place. Students will gain an understanding of the primary intervention strategies used by human service workers, as well as practical suggestions for developing helping skills and ethical standards in a changing, diverse society. Contemporary social issues and the changing nature of the helping process will be emphasized.

HSR 1200. Portfolio Development. 1 hr.

This course is designed to mentor and support students through their implementation of a personal/professional portfolio. The development of the portfolio will provide students with a framework for initiating, planning and facilitating their professional development while building connections between their professional career goals and educational goals. Students will prepare a portfolio and use the materials as a means to show overall achievement and growth, document the scope and quality of educational experiences and show proof of skills and knowledge. The portfolio will serve as an assessment of student learning and will enhance the students' abilities to meet workforce standards in the field of human services. Prerequisite: Completion of requirements for Human Services Associate in Applied Science Degree.

HSR 1201. Counseling Methods & Interviewing Tech. 3 hrs.

This course provides an orientation to communication strategies and skills necessary to establish collaborative relationships with diverse client populations. Various theortical models will be reviewed, including behavioral, cognitive-behavioral human relations, ecological, and current theories and perspectives useful for intervention and counseling. Students will have opportunities to begin developing skills in active listening, intake interviewing, crisis intervention, establishing rapport with clients, and supportive individual counseling. The significance of participant empowerment will be emphasized as the student learns empathic communication skills.

HSR 1202. Helping Across Cultures. 3 hrs.

This course provides an orientation to the area of cultural diversity for human service workers. A variety of theoretical models and intervention strategies will be reviewed to sensitize human service providers and those learning to be providers to the complex issues involved in cross-cultural service delivery. Students will have opportunities to begin developing skills to become "culturally competent." Emphasis will be given to the critical need for human service professionals to actualize their commitment to nondiscrimination and equal access for all clients.

HSR 1203. Group Dynamics. 3 hrs.

This course provides an orientation to group dynamics and group leadership for human service workers. Various kinds of groups, group leadership styles, and basic skills for group leaders will be studied, with special attention given to group intervention strategies for the beginning stage, the middle stage, and the closing stage of a group. Emphasis will focus on helpful skills and strategies for dealing with problem group situations and group work with specific populations.

HSR 1204. Addictive Disorders. 3 hrs.

Utilizing a holistic client-centered approach to addictions treatment, this course will present historical and contemporary understandings of the nature of addiction, substance misuse and dependence, addiction across the life span, and diverse modalities for effective treatment of addiction disorders. In addition to alcohol and other drug use, attention will be given to eating disorders, compulsive gambling, sex addiction, computer obsessions, and other addictive behaviors. The disease model of chemical dependency will be thoroughly examined as the foundation for treatment of alcohol and other drug use. In addition, emphasis will be placed on the strengths perspective for direct intervention with persons who are addicted; this model builds on clients' strengths and resources while fostering an empowering treatment environment that emphasizes personal control and choice, a sense of purpose, and a hope-based sense of achievement.

HSR 1205. Case Management Skills. 3 hrs.

This course serves as an introduction to the concept of case management as it is used to provide human services. The case management process is traced from the intake interview to termination of services, with in-depth attention given to the three phases of case management: assessment, planning and implementation. Emphasis is given to exploration of the responsibilities and skills of the effective case manager. In addition, the context in which the case management process occurs is reviewed and organizational, legal, and ethical issues confronting the case manager are addressed. Historical perspectives of case management and theoretical models utilized by case managers are discussed in detail.

HSR 1206. Practicum I. 4 hrs.

This course provides a comprehensive community agency experience for skills development and application, career exploration, and individual reflection. Emphasis will be given to self-understanding as the human services student actively participates in the day-to-day activities of a social service agency. Prerequisite: HSR 1000, HSR 1201, and HSR 1202 or permission of the Program Coordinator.

HSR 1207. Practicum II. 4 hrs.

This course is for students who have completed HSR 1206: Practicum I. This course provides a continued community agency field experience for advanced skills development and application, continuing career exploration, and individual reflection. Emphasis will be given to self-understanding as the student actively participates in the day-to-day service activities of a social service agency. Prerequisite: HSR 1206 or permission of the Program Coordinator.

HSR 1208. Substance Abuse Treatment Internship. 5 hrs.

This course provides a supervised field experience and seminar designed specifically for students pursuing the Substance Abuse Treatment Certificate. Students will spend 300 hours in on-the-job training at an IAODAPCA approved counseling/treatment facility and meet in a weekly seminar for group supervision with the Substance Abuse Coordinator. Prerequisites: HSR 1000, HSR 1201, HSR 1202, HSR 1204, PSY 1000 & PSY 2006.