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Human Services

HUS 1001   PRINCIPLES AND STRATEGIES FOR HUMAN SERVICES

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: REA 0017 or EAP 1695 or a satisfactory score on the SPC Placement Test. An introduction to effective helping strategies in human services. The focus is upon normalization, problem-solving skills, and the various roles and functions of the human services professional. Personal awareness as it relates to the human services field is emphasized. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1011   APPLIED ASSERTIVENESS SKILLS

credits: 2  

This course is designed to promote personal and professional development in students. Elements of assertive behavior as well as factors contributing to non-assertive behavior will be explored. Strategies for improved self-efficacy, as well as strategies for recognizing and addressing self-defeating behavior will be examined and applied to the Human Services setting. The impact of culture on an individual's views and interpretation of assertive behavior will be examined. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1013   SELF-ESTEEM IN HUMAN SERVICES

credits: 3  

This course is designed  to assist students in integrating self-esteem principles and methods into human services practice. Students will learn and apply techniques for enhancing self-esteem and then integrate them into human services practice. The student will learn skills for assessing and improving their own self-concepts and also incorporate these skills into their work in the human services field. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1019   INTRODUCTION TO STRESS MANAGEMENT

credits: 3  

This course is an overview of the field of stress management for students in the Human Services and Health Related Fields. Emphasis is on the application of practical techniques or stress management. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1021   PROBLEM SOLVING AND VALUES ORIENTATION

credits: 2  

This course will introduce the student to an overview of different theories related to the development of values and problem solving skills as they relate to work in the Human Services field. The effects of decisions on self, others and society will be examined. Through didactic and experiential learning, students will explore a variety of theories and situations. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1040   INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL PLAY

credits: 3  

This course is an introductory survey designed to familiarize human services students and personnel with the basic concepts which underlie developmental play and which lead to healthy adult-child interaction. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1111   INTRODUCTION TO INTRA- AND INTER-PERSONAL PROCESSES

credits: 3  

Prerequisite or Corequisite: CGS 1070 with a grade of "C" or better or Computer/Information Literacy Competency requirement or Program Director approval.

Prerequisites: REA 0007 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test, and ENC 0025 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test, and admission to the Associate in Science in Human Services - Social Services degree (HSDIS-AS) or the Associate in Science in Human Services - Alcohol/Substance Abuse degree (HSM-AS) or the Addiction Studies Certificate (ADS-CT), or the Maternal and Child Health Applied Technology Diploma (MCHL-ATD) or the Youth Development Professional Certificate Program (YDPF-CT).

This course is an introductory experience in which specific skills needed for effective human service work are examined and practiced. The focus is on the dynamics of intra- and inter-personal processes. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1320   THEORIES AND FOUNDATIONS OF CRISIS INTERVENTION

credits: 1  

This course will provide a comprehensive overview of the history of crisis intervention and crisis theory. In addition, it will also present a comprehensive model of crisis intervention will include developing listening and understanding skills, as well as assessment approaches and interventions. 17 contact hours.

HUS 1427   DEPENDENT WOMEN: SOCIETY AND ADDICTION

credits: 2  

This course provides a framework for understanding the disease of addiction. Specifically, this course is designed to explore the special needs of chemically and emotionally dependent women. Students will examine societal views about, and attitudes toward dependent women. Successful models for prevention, intervention and treatment will be discussed. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1431   ISSUES IN ADDICTION PREVENTION

credits: 2  

Prerequisites: REA 0007 or EAP 1695 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test, and ENC 0025 or appropriate score on the SPC placement test.

This is a course for those individuals working in the addictions prevention field or related areas. Attention will be given to various prevention strategies, their strengths and weaknesses, research findings in the field as well as their implications, and to special populations and their special needs. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1445   PRACTICES FOR WORKING WITH DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY SYSTEMS

credits: 2  

This course focuses on the dynamics of family dysfunction including negative patterns of parental behavior, substance abuse (alcohol, drugs, etc.), physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, emotional abuse, and severe mental illness. The course addresses a broad spectrum of issues including the characteristics of dysfunctional families as well as the traits and characteristics of functional families. Emphasis is placed on causes, effects and roles of individuals within the family system. Through maladaptive behaviors families often develop a set of restrictions that inhibit the social and emotional growth and development of its members, particularly the children. Concepts to be addressed include: dynamics of the family system, functional versus dysfunctional families, understanding the role of dysfunction in families and the family life cycle. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1450   DUAL DIAGNOSIS I

credits: 2  

Prerequisite: REA 0007. This course covers theoretical frameworks and treatment concepts used by students/professionals providing services to clients with mental illness who have been diagnosed as having substance abuse problems. Topics will include: Historical Overview and Review of Current Literature, Clinical Profiles of Dually Diagnosed Clients, Physiological Effects of Substance Abuse for Psychiatrically Disabled Individuals, The Disease Concept of Addiction: A Workable Concept for Mental Health Programs, Interaction of Dysfunctional Disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorders. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1480   HIV/AIDS AND DRUG CRISIS

credits: 2  

This course serves to increase the knowledge, awareness and skills of potential and current Human Service professionals, other professionals in related fields and interested individuals in the community regarding the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and the AIDS virus in relation to the drug culture. The course provides an overview of HIV/AIDS pathology, clinical manifestations and treatment, including the psychosocial management of HIV/AIDS in the substance abusing and recovering population. Students learn about local and national agencies to enhance their ability to refer appropriately. 32 contact hours.

HUS 1530   SURVEY OF DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

credits: 3  
An examination of concepts basic to understanding developmental disabilities. Emphasis is on terminology, measurement and assessment techniques, historical and contemporary attitudes, causes, education, and the impact of Developmental Disabilities on family and society. This course has a substantial writing requirement. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1620   PRINCIPLES AND BEST PRACTICES IN AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS

credits: 3  
This course is an overview of the knowledge and skills necessary to implement a developmentally appropriate afterschool program for children and youth. The course examines established quality program elements and standards and best practices and their practical application to daily program practice. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1640   FOUNDATIONS OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: DEP 2004 or DEP 2102. This course provides an understanding of the dynamics that influence and shape youth behavior. The course emphasizes: effective verbal and non-verbal communication skills; developmental stages exclusion and inclusion, trust, and respect. The course prepares students to function as youth workers using a youth development approach in community-based, residential, group home and other youth work environments. Students will explore these concepts: developing a professional awareness of youth work; identifying and distinguishing between asset building models and deficit based models of adolescent development; and developing a capacity to design and implement programs consistent with the needs of youth in relation to available resources. 47 contact hours.

HUS 1920   PROFESSIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR HUMAN SERVICES PERSONNEL

credits: 1-3  

A series of specialized sessions centering on a topic of specific concern to human services personnel, this course is designed to enhance specific professional skills. The topics, and/or credit hours, and the level of difficulty may vary. Topics offered are: Denial as it Applies to the Substance Abuser, Introduction to Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Introduction to Transactional Analysis, Cocaine and Abuse, Counseling the Abuser from a Cultural Perspective, Drugs and the Athlete, Developmental Model for the Addiction Professional, Dual Diagnosis II, The Law and Substance Abuse Counseling, Addiction Certification Preparation, Certification in Substance Abuse Prevention, and others as developed. May be repeated for credit using a different topic. 17-47 contact hours.

HUS 2200   DYNAMICS OF GROUPS AND GROUP COUNSELING

credits: 3  
Prerequisites: HUS 1111 and HUS 2302. This is an experiential course which reintroduces basic concepts and skills with regard to different types of groups and group dynamics. The focus is upon presentation of group facilitation techniques and the reviewing of each student's practice sessions. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2302   BASIC COUNSELING SKILLS

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: HUS 1111 or consent of instructor. This course is an introductory experience in active listening skills. The focus is on viewing and processing of each student's video-taped practice counseling sessions with emphasis on basic awareness and communication skills, empathetic listening, positive regard for the client, and recognition of interference in the communication process. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2315   STUDIES IN BEHAVIORAL MODIFICATION

credits: 3  
Prerequisite: PSY 1012 recommended or consent of program director. This course is the study of the use of basic behavior modification techniques in the human services. Emphasis is on the application of operant conditioning techniques. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2403   ABUSED SUBSTANCES AND THEIR EFFECTS

credits: 3  
Pre- or corequisite: SYG 2324. A comprehensive survey of abused substances and their impact on the human body and upon society. The pathophysiological effects of substance abuse are emphasized while historical, legal, medical, social, and ethical issues are reviewed. The classes of drugs examined include major and minor tranquilizers, sedatives and hypnotics, narcotics, stimulants, and hallucinogens. The primary focus will be upon heroin, cocaine, marijuana and alcohol. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2420   EVALUATION OF TREATMENT ENVIRONMENTS

credits: 3  
Pre- or corequisite: SYG 2324. This course is a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary examination of physical and social aspects of treatment environments and their effect on individual well-being. Professional research, empirical data, and conceptual frameworks will be emphasized. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2421   METHODS FOR IDENTIFICATION AND INTERVENTION IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE

credits: 3  
Pre- or corequisite: SYG 2324. A comprehensive examination of methods used in the identification, intervention, and prevention of substance abuse. Symptoms and progression of substance abuse, types of abusers and special groups, various intervention techniques, and the interrelationship between the illness of substance abuse and the moral, legal, spiritual, sociological and psychological aspects will be reviewed. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2428   TREATMENT AND RESOURCES IN SUBSTANCE ABUSE

credits: 3  
Pre- or corequisite: SYG 2324. This course is a multi-disciplinary study of various treatment methods for the substance abuser and an examination of the educational materials available to the practitioner. In addition, this course serves as a final preparatory session for those professionals who plan to successfully complete the Board Certification Examination. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2540   BUILDING STRONGER FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES

credits: 3  
This course provides an understanding of the essential role that human service professionals play in facilitating healthy families and communities. The effects of poverty, inequality, unemployment, child abuse, substance abuse, and domestic violence are included. The course provides strategies for empowering families to move to effective parenting; developing healthy life-styles; promoting self-esteem and self-worth; assuming responsibility; problem solving skills; resolving conflicts; identifying alternatives; and making healthy choices. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2541   WORKING WITH FAMILIES IN THE EARLY CHILDHOOD PERIOD

credits: 3  
This course addresses three important issues of early childhood: health, development, and parenting. The depth of developmental knowledge provided is intended to enhance the skills of the family health and support worker, to increase their ability to provide anticipatory guidance and teaching and to empower the parent-child relationship. Common health problems of infancy and early childhood that affect normal development are discussed along with important health promotion and disease prevention strategies for creating a safe and nurturing environment for the child. Additional topics will include social, environmental and biological influences and factors that collectively impede or facilitate individual and family development, the major periods and domains of child development from birth to five, the importance of early learning experiences that enhance brain development, and the characteristics and importance of parent-child interactions as well as cultural and social influences that affect parenting skills. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2542   WORKING WITH FAMILIES IN THE PERINATAL PERIOD

credits: 3  
This course is designed to increase student competency in supporting families during the preconception, pregnancy and immediate postpartum periods. Course content will focus on human reproduction, pregnancy, birth and infant care, with an emphasis on the adjustment of the family and its individual members during the perinatal period. The course will present both factual information and skills for promoting healthy behaviors. Students will apply their knowledge within the theoretical contexts of human and family development gained in previous coursework. Students will practice skills for counseling families about reproductive health in a sensitive, culturally-competent manner. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2550   SOCIAL SERVICES AND THE DISENFRANCHISED

credits: 3  
This course is designed to give students an in-depth understanding of forces that impact minority and other disenfranchised families in America. Emphasis will be given to historical trends, social stratification, and current status. Additionally, the effects of perceptions and misconceptions on minority and other disenfranchised families will be considered. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare professionals to work effectively with individuals who are ethnically, culturally, and racially different. 47 contact hours.

HUS 2949   CO-OP WORK EXPERIENCE IN HUMAN SERVICES

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: Faculty Advisor/Co-op Coordinator or Program Director Approval. This course is designed to provide students with major-related, supervised, evaluated practical training work experiences which may be paid or voluntary. Students are graded on the basis of documented learning acquired through hands-on experiences in an actual work setting. The student must fulfill the requirement of 60 on-the-job hours for each credit earned in addition to written assignments. Co-op courses may be repeated but total credits shall not exceed twelve.

HUS 3321   CASE MANAGEMENT AND PROBLEM-SOLVING IN HUMAN SERVICES

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and Admission to Health Services Administration. This course covers various needs of the human services client. Case management with children and families, elderly, chronically mentally ill, developmentally and physically disabled, and those in health care settings will be discussed. Skills in case management will be covered as well as some research on case management. 47 contact hours or equivalent.

HUS 3370   ISSUES IN MENTAL HEALTH

credits: 3  

Prerequisites: (HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and admission to Health Services Administration BAS) or (DEH 3813 with a minimum grade of C and Admission to Dental Hygiene BAS). This course will examine the concepts of mental health and mental disorders from a variety of perspectives within a social context. Students will explore the incidence and prevalence of mental illnesses in the U.S., the social consequences of mental illness, such as stigma, marginalization, and isolation, barriers to care, and strategies for treatment and resolution of mental health issues and illnesses. Students will examine the role of social factors in the etiology and treatment of issues intertwined with mental health. 47 contact hours.

HUS 3570   VULNERABLE POPULATIONS: HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE ISSUES

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: (HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and admission to the Health Services Administration BAS) or (DEH 3813 with a minimum grade of C and Admission to Dental Hygiene BAS).This course presents the principles and concepts of vulnerability as it relates to health and health care. This course offers a general framework to study vulnerable populations and a comprehensive overview of risk factors for vulnerability and consequences of health disparities in the United States. Students will learn about trends and patterns of disparity that impact health care access, quality of health care and health outcomes. Students will also examine current strategies aimed at serving vulnerable populations and resolving disparities. 47 contact hours.

HUS 4442   SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND THE FAMILY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and Admission to Health Services Administration. This course offers a broad overview of the basic processes of substance use, abuse, addiction, treatment, and recovery. Students will examine the biological, psychological and societal forces that encourage the use, misuse, abuse and addiction to both licit and illicit substances. The course focuses on the major substances of abuse and their historical, social and legal impact on our society as well as their physical, psychological and social impact on individuals, families, and the community. 47 contact hours.

HUS 4561   SOCIAL PROBLEMS AND POLICY

credits: 3  

Prerequisite: HSA 3104 with a minimum grade of C and admission to Health Services Administration BAS or the Public Policy and Administration BS Program. This course will survey the political and administrative context in which public policies are developed, implemented, and evaluated. Emphasis will be placed on health care, social, economic and political environments/conditions and its relationship to conceptual case/problem identification, research perspectives, practical applications and community involvement. Course content is guided by an understanding that education, communication and cooperation is now the standard and that “control” is replaced by “accountability”. Topics may include long-term care, gerontology, mental health, substance abuse, homelessness, child and family programs, migration/immigration, juvenile crime and criminology. 47 contact hours or equivalent.


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