Courses in Human Services

Introduction to Counseling

HSER 1000     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides students with an introduction to the skills of counseling. Students will learn how to identify and explore feelings, set up a positive environment, learn effective helping skills, and explore treatment issues. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the principles of interviewing and on the demonstrated application of these skills by the student. Students examine how these skills affect relationship building and therapeutic interventions. Guided encounters, discussions, presentations, and assigned projects will be utilized. (Prerequisites: None)

Disability and Person Centered Planning

HSER 1010     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course gives an overview of how service providers work with one another in order to assure the delivery of optimal supports. It will introduce you to a variety of strategies and techniques used to facilitate person centered planning for individualized and real life goals. Topics covered in the course include: the use of support teams (effective team work, team dynamics, communication skills and problem solving skills); working with families; direct service provider roles and responsibilities; diversity, confidentiality, and advocacy issues; the civil and disability rights movement; interdisciplinary team planning processes; and use of the Planning Alternate Tomorrows with Hope (PATH) planning system to promote minimally invasive care and support strategies. (Prerequisites: None)

Behavioral Interventions

HSER 1020     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an in-depth look at positive supports and interventions for those with challenging behaviors, and reviews human development, learning styles, and teaching techniques. Additionally, analysis of a wide variety of multiple positive behavior strategies will be conducted. This course reviews the philosophy of behavior modification and theory, incident and accident reports, and documentation requirements. Emphasis is placed on understanding and supporting an individual's learning barriers by using positive approaches, as well as understanding and responding to behaviors with positive supports. Students will explore how their individual values and personal experiences influence the ways in which they respond to and assess individual's abilities. Students will also acquire knowledge and skills relating to functional and specialized assessments, the importance of using non-aversive interventions and the selection and use of appropriate non-aversive behavioral supports. Methods for designing, planning, developing, and implementing skill orientated support plans are taught in this course. (Prerequisites: None)


HSER 1030     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course examines the causes and consequences of poverty. Students will learn the terminology and analyze the philosophical, conceptual, and theoretical frameworks utilized by diverse agents to understand and address poverty. Specific interventions are explored and analyzed. The goal of this course is to develop social work professionals who understand the problem of poverty from a variety of disciplines, understand key concepts, and will be prepared and willing to intervene regardless of area of practice. (Prerequisite: None)

Field Experience

HSER 2000     4.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide the student with a practical experience within the social services field. Each field experience is individualized and students will be placed within a social service agency by the instructor based on the student's interest, skill set, and agency availability. The focus of field experience is to give the students experience with a client population and practice modeling social work values and ethics. Students will complete field experience their last semester. (Prerequisites: Instructor approval required)