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HS - Human Services

HS 112 Introduction to Human Services

Course Description: An introductory survey of the practice of social work, its purpose and function, values and philosophical premises, body of knowledge, and historical roots. Case illustrations will be used to demonstrate the generic approach to problem solving. Fields of practice will be examined in the context of essential relationships among social welfare policy, agency structure, service delivery systems and social work research.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

HS 128 Community Organization

Course Description: Introduction to the theory and practice of community work including organizational design and change. Exploration of goals, alternative action strategies, and the social and political factors affecting these processes.

Course Rotation: PLV: TBA.

3 credits

HS 163 Family Dynamics

Course Description: An in-depth look at family dynamics from a family systems perspective. Attention will be paid to inter-generational, ethnic and gender themes; communication styles and conflict resolution; and therapeutic approaches to family dysfunction. Use of case studies and opportunity for work on students' own families.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits

HS 164 Aging and the Family

Course Description: Exploration of the processes of aging from individual and societal perspectives. The status of the aged will be explored in the context of structural changes in the family and other social support systems. Emphasis upon services to elderly on both an out- and in-patient basis.

Course Rotation: PLV: Summer.

3 credits

HS 167 Substance Abuse

Course Description: Examination of the physical, social, physiological and emotional determinants of substance abuse from a systems perspective. Consideration of both residential and out-patient treatment modalities along with both the short and long term impact of substance abuse on children, families and society. Use of case studies.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

HS 240 Children and Adolescents: Theory and Practice

Prerequisite: PSY 104 (formerly PSY 100) and PSY 105 (formerly PSY 101). Course combines previous HS 240 and 241.

Course Description: An exploration of children's and adolescents' dysfunctional behaviors, utilizing psychodynamic and family systems theories. Comparative study of assessment and treatment modalities, with consideration given to multiple impacts of gender, ethnicity, and social class. Use of case materials.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

HS 260 Family Dynamics

Course Description: An in-depth look at family dynamics from a family systems perspective. Attention will be paid to inter-generational, ethnic and gender themes; communication styles and conflict resolution; and therapeutic approaches to family dysfunction. Use of case studies and opportunity for work on students' own families.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall.

3 credits

HS 261 Ethnic Family Lifestyles

Course Description: Exploration of the manner by which race, ethnicity, class, and gender impact on family functioning styles in relation to a variety of societal institutions. Discussion of potential impact of immigration and assimilation on family dysfunction.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

HS 296 Special Topics in Human Services

Course Description: This course offers the opportunity to study special topics of current interest. Students should consult the latest course offerings for announcement of this course. As topics vary from year to year, this course may be taken more than once for credit.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

HS 296D Administration and Supervision in Human Services

Course Description: This course is designed to familiarize the student with the roles, responsibilities and functions of the public service manager with emphasis on the special challenges and opportunities which the public sector environment poses. Students will learn the theoretical and practical components of planning, organizing, controlling, directing and supervising as they relate to public and not-for-profit organizations.

3 credits

HS 296F Topic: Human Services in Corrections

Course Description: This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore and discuss the current treatment interventions, which provide rehabilitative opportunities for inmates in correctional facilities.

3 credits

HS 296G Topic: Group Work in Human Services

Course Description: An exploration of group work in the human services field, learning and family systems theories. Focus on understanding group dynamics, leadership, and the various stages of group development (planning, beginning, assessment, middle, evaluation and ending). Use of case materials.

3 credits

HS 311 Policy Issues in Human Services

Prerequisite: Junior standing, HS 112.

Course Description: An integrating seminar exploring fundamental issues in the development of social welfare policy, both historical and contemporary. Discussion of current policy, programs and services in selected areas, such as income maintenance, health care, child welfare and mental health.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

HS 112 Minimum Grade of D

HS 312 Case Management in Human Services

Prerequisite: HS 112.

Course Description: A survey of various approaches to helping individuals, families, groups deal with problems in transactions between systems or people in their environment. Comparative study of current practice models. Examination of the technical processes of exploration, assessment, intervention, worker and client roles, the change process and the concepts of prevention.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring - Even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

HS 112 Min Grade D

HS 314 Families in Crisis

Prerequisite: SOC 215 or HS 263.

Course Description: An interdisciplinary exploration of crises affecting the contemporary family. Emphasis upon function and dysfunctional patterns of coping in both normative and situational crises. Special attention to assessment and brief treatment of individuals, groups, families. Case studies utilizing crisis theory and family systems theory.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall - Even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

HS 112 Minimum Grade of D

HS 393 Human Services Internship I

Prerequisite: HS 112 or HS 212 and 9 credits in the major or permission of Instructor.

Course Description: One hundred and twenty hours of supervised fieldwork in a placement arranged by the coordinator of fieldwork in consultation with the student. The student applies his/her knowledge and skills in a human services agency setting, seeking to gain an understanding of the agency and the population it serves. Beginning competence in some basic selected skills and self-awareness in interactional situations.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring.

4 - 5 credits

Prerequisites

HS 112 Minimum Grade of D

HS 394 Human Services Internship II

Prerequisite: HS 393 and permission of Instructor.

Course Description: One hundred and twenty hours of supervised fieldwork in a placement arranged by the coordinator of fieldwork in consultation with the student. The placement emphasizes the administrative aspects of agency management and the relationships between staff and among volunteers.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring.

4 credits

Prerequisites

HS 393 Minimum Grade of D