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HUMAN SERVICES (HMS)

HMS101 - Introduction to Human Services Credits: 3
This is the introductory course in Human Services curriculum. The course provides an overview of many facets involved in the human service profession: the roles and functions of human service workers, the history and major theoretical approaches to the helping services, desirable attitudes and values, skills and knowledge for the human service worker, methods of counseling and intervention, social agency organizations and delivery of services and employment in the human ser­vice field.

HMS102 - Interviewing and Counseling Skills Credits: 3
This course is an exploration of the essential interviewing skills and core facilitative conditions necessary for helping professionals. The primary focus is on the practical application of interviewing, basic counseling and case management skills. Interpersonal communication, interviewing techniques, working with diverse populations, and professional ethics will be explored.

HMS201 - Case Management Credits: 3
This course focuses on the case management process in the helping professions. Students will develop knowledge and skills for successful case management.

HMS204 - Ethics and Cultural Competency for the Helping Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide the student with an understanding of the basic principles of the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS) Code of Ethics and to provide an introduction to multicultural helping. Emphasis is on the continuing development of the professional self, ethical decision making and general cultural competence issues as well as issues specific to becoming ethically and culturally competent in the helping professions.

HMS205 - Social Policy for the Helping Profession Credits: 3
This course is designed to provide students with the ability to analyze contemporary social welfare policy issues and programs to understand the relationship between social policy and the helping professions. The course focuses on the historical, political, economic and other social conditions that influence policy development in the United States. Policy issues and programs are addressed as they affect majority and vulnerable/marginalized groups with a particular emphasis on social and economic justice.

Prerequisites: HMS 101, 102, and 201.

HMS206 - Group Process Credits: 3
This course explores the areas of group work. The course emphasizes both theoretical and practical approaches to counseling with groups.

HMS207 - Psychiatric Disorders in Children and Adolescents Credits: 3
This course is designed to introduce the student to the field of psychiatric disorders which can occur in children and adolescents. Focus will be on the diagnostic process of assessment, symptoms, and methods used when working with children, adolescents and their families in a child care, psychiatric or other human service setting.

HMS220 - Field Work in Human Services I Credits: 3
This course is designed to give the student practical experience in the area of human services. Through a supervised placement in a human services agency, the student gains an understanding of the work environment, role, and responsibilities of the human services professional during their completion of 140 hours of field work. An integral part of this course is a seminar designed to help students integrate theory and practice. (A minimum grade of 'C' must be attained in all Human Services courses in order to take HMS 220.)

Prerequisites: HMS 101, 102 and 201.

HMS221 - Field Work in Human Services II Credits: 3
This course is designed to give the student a second practical experience in the area of human services. Through another supervised placement in a human services agency, the student gains an understanding of the work environment, role, and responsibilities of the human services professional during their completion of 140 hours of field work. An integral part of this course is a seminar designed to help students integrate theory and practice. (A minimum grade of 'C' must be attained in all Human Services courses in order to take HMS 221.)

Prerequisites: HMS 101, 102, 201 and 220.

HMS222 - Substance Abuse Counseling Credits: 3
This course is an overview of the substance abuse field. The course is presented in two general areas: etiology or theories of addiction, and beginning intervention techniques. Topics and discussion include various models of addiction, methods of assessment and intervention, group counseling, family issues, current research, treatment planning, case management, treatment modalities and dual diagnosis.