|Human Services Program
HMS 155—Introduction to Human Services 3-0-3
The human services program prepares students for employment in agencies that provide many kinds of support to people in need.
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An introduction to the human services system in the United States. The course will examine how services are developed and provided within both the public and private sector. Students will learn about services to specific target populations in their local area. Students will also learn about career options in the human services field through study and contact with area human services professionals. Information about the personal characteristics, skills and knowledge needed by human service workers will be included in the course. Current topics related to social problems, the use of technology and funding of services will be discussed.
HMS 156—Communication for 3-0-3
Human Service Workers An introduction to the theories and practices of basic communication skills focusing on interpersonal communication in the helping services. The course is interactive, providing students the opportunity to practice skills.
HMS 157—Interviewing and Recordkeeping Skills 3-0-3
A follow-up course to HMS 156 with an emphasis on individual interviewing skills in the helping services. This is a key course in the human services program as it teaches essential information gathering and recording skills for the human services worker. It is a very interactive course with much time devoted to practicing interviewing skills with classmates. Recordkeeping skills include learning to distinguish between objective and subjective information, how client files are organized and the methods used to compile a client history and assessment. Prerequisite: HMS 156
HMS 160—Group Process 3-0-3
This course provides the basic knowledge needed to be an effective group leader and member. Emphasis is on practical application of group process skills. Prerequisite: HMS 156
HMS 162—Problem Solving and 3-0-3
Counseling Skills This course is a follow-up to Interviewing and Recordkeeping Skills. It will teach the student basic counseling and problem solving techniques used in human services. Prerequisite: HMS 157
HMS 170—Racial and Ethnic Minorities 3-0-3
This course provides the student with an overview of cultural diversity and the issues that the various ethnic minority groups experience in the U.S.A. The course examines the nature of prejudice and discrimination. The history and role of the U.S.A. of specific ethnic groups are examined. Guest speakers from a variety of social justice and ethnic groups are invited to participate in the class. Prerequisites: PSY 160, SOC 155
HMS 171—Introduction to Gerontology 3-0-3
This course provides an introduction to the biological, psychological and social issues facing the aging population. Students will learn the various stages and cycles of aging and how society views and provides services to older adults. Requires interviews with older adults and contact with service providers.
HMS 172—Drug and Alcohol Dependency 3-0-3
Explores the causes and the physiology of substance dependence. Also focuses on the therapies used to encourage clients to abstain from using drugs or alcohol.
HMS 258—Human Services Practicum I 2-8-4
Under the supervision of a qualified human services provider, students will gain field experience in an area of interest. In this seminar class, students will discuss ethical and current practice issues related to work in the human services field. The importance of professional behavior and the value of networking within the human services field are emphasized. Prerequisites: HMS 155, HMS 157 and permission of instructor
HMS 259—Human Services Practicum II 2-8-4
Includes activities of Practicum I and further develops the student’s knowledge of the role as a human service provider. Included in the seminar will be activities related to fundraising and community activism. Prerequisite: HMS 258 with a grade of C or better, 2.0 QPA required and permission of instructor