Academic Catalog

Human Services (HS)

HS 101  Introduction to Human Services  (3 credits)  

This course provides an orientation to the field of human services and provides an opportunity to explore human service occupations and professional organizations. Students will be familiarized with the roles and functions of Human Services workers through examination of the skills, knowledge, traits and attitudes necessary to enter the Human Services field. The ethical principles that guide the Human Services professional are explored in depth.

HS 203  Interviewing  (4 credits)  

This course is an experience in active listening. The course provides students with the basic overview of the attitudes, knowledge, and skills which human service professionals need when they conduct interviews. The course includes a lab which emphasizes the development of skills utilizing theories, practice and case application to allow students to conduct interviews. The focus is on developing advanced skills and strategies with significant opportunity for hands-on practice.

HS 204  Case Management  (4 credits)  

Through this course students will learn the necessary case management skills to provide individuals and families in need of comprehensive services. This course will focus on service delivery planning, concepts of intervention and evaluation of interventions. Students will gain skills for developing, implementing, and monitoring effective case plans and advocating for resources that help clients achieve self-sufficiency. The course will concentrate on skill development as opposed to theoretical concepts and integrate classroom instruction through a laboratory setting where hands on experience will be gained as students apply course work to real life situations.

HS 211  Introduction to Addictions  (3 credits)  

This course will focus on an overview of historical, cultural and current attitudes toward drug use. This course provides students with the opportunity to study the various modalities of addiction. The interaction of physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of addiction will be explored as well as methods and models of treatment and various concepts of early intervention and prevention. This course will survey alcohol and drug abuse treatment methods needed for working with special populations, group techniques, relapse prevention, and non-traditional treatment methods.

HS 220  Management & Administration in Human Services  (3 credits)  

This course introduces students to the principles of human service administration. It is designed to provide students with a comprehensive overview of planning, evaluating, managing, community relations and other activities which affects the operation of a human service agency.

HS 260  Crisis Intervention/Suicide Prevention  (3 credits)  

This course focuses on introducing crisis intervention concepts and strategies applicable to the field of human services. This course covers crises throughout the life cycle and situations such as medical and psychological traumas, post-traumatic stress disorder and professional burnout.

HS 297  Human Services Internship  (3 credits)  

This course provides the student opportunities to gain supervised, practical experience working in a human service profession. A minimum of 135 hours of field experience and completion of a competency portfolio are required. Students must pass with a “C” or better.