Human Services

HS 110 Introduction to Human Services
3 credits (CS)

The primary goal of the course is to introduce the student to the broad scope of human services. Students examine the evolution of the profession of human services. Major fields of practice are identified, such as social services for children and youth, rehabilitation services for people who are physically and/or mentally challenged, social welfare services for people who are impoverished, and other disadvantaged groups. Emphasis is placed on the students understanding the common core of knowledge, values, and skills for all human service professionals. (Offered annually)

HS 121 Child, Youth, and Family Services
3 credits (CS)

Problems relating specifically to children and youth, such as child abuse and juvenile delinquency, are examined. Students are introduced to child/family welfare services, such as foster care, adoption, and protective services. Principles of intervention techniques designed to strengthen family life are explored. (Offered annually)

HS 133 Community Mental Health Issues and Services
3 credits (CS)

This course will examine the basic concepts, issues, and concerns of the community mental health system, the organization of mental health programs and systems, and the types of consumers who use these systems. Students will explore counseling, case management, and other roles that human service workers play within these systems, and will study current trends in the delivery of community mental health services. Students will learn how to discern political connections behind funding of programs, community support for services, and how these two forces intertwine to affect populations served. (Offered alternate years)

HS 134 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse
3 credits (CS)

This course introduces students to the issues related to alcohol and substance abuse, including the role of the professional. It will provide the knowledge base regarding the models and theories of addictions and other chemical abuse. Treatment approaches will be introduced and reviewed, and current trends in elderly, minority groups and veterans, will be presented. (Offered annually)

HS 240 Introduction to Counseling
3 credits (CS)

The primary objective of the course is to introduce students to the basic skills required in a counseling relationship. Students learn how to listen and respond effectively to those seeking help with problems. This course provides opportunities to learn how to (1) explore and clarify problem situations; (2) reach new perspectives and understandings of problem situations, and set goals based on new perspectives; and (3) develop and implement strategies to reach set goals. Both theoretical and experiential learning opportunities are provided. (Offered annually)  Prerequisites: SB 120 Introduction to Psychology and one Human Services course, or permission of the program director 

Human Services Internships
Students participate as interns in field settings chosen from a wide variety of human services agencies. The internship provides an exposure to the human services delivery network, and an opportunity to become involved with clients, goals, and programs of an agency. Professional supervision is provided by the agency and the College. Weekly seminars accompany the internship to allow for exchange of information about students’ experiences. The College makes final arrangements for the placement. (Offered annually)

Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in each 100/200 level Human Services course to qualify for an internship opportunity, and permission of the program director. Two of the following courses must be completed before the internship experience: HS 110 Introduction to Human Services, HS 121 Child, Youth, and Family Services (for HS 282), HS 133 Community Mental Health Issues and Services (for HS 283), HS 134 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse (for HS 284), HS 240 Introduction to Counseling. Students must have earned 30 academic hours to be eligible for internships.

HS 282 Social Services for Children and Youth Internship II
6 credits (CS)


HS 283 Counseling and Mental Health Internship II
6 credits (CS)


HS 284 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Internship II
6 credits (CS)


HS 331 Group Dynamics
3 credits (CS)

Group Dynamics examines group processes, group development, group goals and tasks, group leadership styles, roles of group members, and the concept of teamwork. Students will learn about group dynamics by participating in groups during classroom activities, and this experiential component will supplement the major theories of group development. Students will discover how group work is practiced in a variety of settings, such as mental health, self-help organizations, health care, rehabilitation, recreation, and corrections. (Offered alternate years)  Prerequisite: HS 240 Introduction to Counseling

HS 341 Counseling Theories
3 credits (CS)

This course concentrates on the history of counseling, divergent counseling theories, and some of the applied psychotherapies, such as Gestalt, Rational/Emotive, Transactional Analysis, and Client Centered. This course will discuss how different counseling theories and techniques impact both the clients and the counselors. Cross-cultural issues in counseling will be examined. (Offered alternate years)   Prerequisite: HS 240 Introduction to Counseling.

HS 343 Intervention Strategies
3 credits (CS)

This course explores intervention strategies that can be used at different times with a variety of clients and systems. These strategies include individual and group counseling, case management, family work, community planning, and social action. The importance of recording skills and accurate documentation will be examined. (Offered annually)  Prerequisite: HS 240 Introduction to Counseling 

HS 344 Intervention Strategies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse
3 credits (CS)

The main goal of this course is to explore human service intervention strategies for alcohol and substance abuse. These strategies include: rehabilitation programs, inpatient and outpatient clinics, case management, group and family therapy, support/ education groups, community planning, and advocacy. The process of assessment and specific interventions required for this population will be defined and discussed. The importance of recording skills and accurate documentation will also be examined. (Offered annually)  Prerequisite: HS 134 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse and HS 240 Introduction to Counseling

HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis
3 credits (CS)

This course will focus on an examination of the dynamics of family interactions from a crisis perspective. Students will explore crises affecting the contemporary family, patterns of coping, and strategies and techniques appropriate for dealing with these crises. Students will learn assessment procedures and a variety of approaches through case studies and role-playing.  Prerequisite: HS 240 Introduction to Counseling

HS 361 Therapeutic Recreation
3 credits (CS)

This course will examine how therapeutic recreation helps to improve or maintain physical, mental, emotional, and social functioning of children or adults with disabilities, as well as the elderly. Students will explore how to assess and evaluate people who would benefit from therapeutic recreation. The course will present different theories and techniques supporting therapeutic recreation. (Offered annually)  Prerequisite: HS 240 Introduction to Counseling, or permission of the program director

HS 382 Social Services for Children and Youth Internship III
6 credits (CS)

Students participate in programs that serve children and youth and their families. Examples of sites include group homes for runaways, classrooms for students who are learning disabled, residential facilities for troubled youth, alternate school programs for pregnant teens, day care for abused children, and recreational programs for high-risk adolescents. Students’ previous experiences and their academic preparation determine internship placement. The internship allows students to use a variety of interventions, such as case management, group work, family work, and community planning to serve the needs of the clients and human service systems. A weekly seminar that integrates academic concepts with professional application and practice accompanies the internship. (Offered annually) Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in each 100/200 level Human Services course. Either HS Internship I or II, and HS 240 Introduction to Counseling, and one of the following: HS 341 Counseling Theories, HS 343 Intervention Strategies, HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis, or HS 331 Group Dynamics. The permission of the program director is also required for the internship experience.

HS 383 Counseling and Mental Health Internship III
6 credits (CS)
Students work as interns in mental health sites such as: outpatient day treatment centers, community mental health agencies, residences for homeless people, programs for people with developmental disabilities, rehabilitation centers for substance abuse, inpatient psychiatric units, and community residences for people with mental illness. Students’ previous experiences and their academic preparation determine internship placement. The internship allows students to use a variety of interventions, such as case management, group work, family work, and community planning to serve the needs of the clients and human service systems. A weekly seminar that integrates academic concepts with professional application and practice accompanies the internship. (Offered annually)  Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in each 100/200 level Human Services course. Either HS Internship I or II, and HS 240 Introduction to Counseling, and one of the following: HS 341 Counseling Theories, HS 343 Intervention Strategies, HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis, or HS 331 Group Dynamics. The permission of the program director is also required for the internship experience.

HS 384 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Internship III
6 Credits (CS)

Students work as interns in alcohol and substance abuse settings such as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, community residences, state and county programs and counseling centers. Students’ previous experience and their academic preparation determine internship placement. The internship allows students to use a variety of interventions such as individual and group therapy, family work, and community planning to meet the needs of the clients. A weekly seminar that integrates academic concepts with professional application and practice accompanies the internship. (Offered annually)  Prerequisites: A minimum grade of "C" must be earned in each 100/200 level Human Services course. Either HS Internship I or II and HS 240 Introduction to Counseling and HS 344 Intervention Strategies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse. The permission of the program director is also required for the internship experience.

HS 431 Rehabilitation Services
3 credits (CS)

This course examines specific techniques in the rehabilitation process. Emphasis is placed on contemporary modalities of rehabilitation as they relate to community mental health and alcohol and substance abuse programs. Assessment, treatment, and prevention techniques will be examined. Students will be able to identify how people with mental disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse issues are restored to their fullest psychological, social, and vocational capabilities. (Offered alternate years) Prerequisite: HS 240 Introduction to Counseling. 

HS 475 Program Planning and Evaluation
3 credits (CS)

This course provides an examination of the theories and applied techniques for planning, implementing, and evaluating human service programs in organizations and communities. Components of plans, needs assessment, and funding are some of the topics that this course addresses, and the political and social pressures affecting policy formation will be identified. (Offered annually)  Prerequisite: EN 201 Academic Writing II and HS 240 Introduction to Counseling.  Senior status only, or permission of the program director.

HS 499 Senior Capstone
3 credits (CS)

This course will enable students to achieve maximum integration of knowledge, skills and values that have been explored through previous courses. Senior Human Services majors will complete a research project about a particular human service problem. They will complete a literature review on their topic, collect and analyze data, and write a research report. (Offered annually)  Prerequisites: HS 343 Intervention Strategies, and eligible for graduation upon completion of the course, or permission of the instructor.