Child and Family Services Courses
HUS102 Introduction to Human Services
This is an introductory survey course designed to help students examine career options and educational requirements in the field of human services. Some of the specialty areas examined include social rehabilitative and welfare services to children, families, and the elderly, correctional/criminal justice services, substance abuse, mental retardation and vocational rehabilitation services. Additional topics include an analysis of historical, current, and projected trends in the field and issues involved in the provision of human services provider agencies. 3 credits.
HUS105 Professional Development and Community Service
This course is designed primarily for freshman human services and psychology students, as well as others interested in exploring opportunities in volunteerism, or the helping professions. All students will participate in a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer activity in an approved community setting during the semester, as well as 5 hours (minimum) at CSJ or other site (e.g. high school) in relevant personal and professional development activities. 1 credit.
HUS106 Professional Development: Crisis Management
This course examines the topic of personal crisis from a developmental perspective as well as addressing characteristics of situational crises that may require some type of emergency response at the individual and systems level. Both preventive and reactive intervention approaches will be studied. Students will have the opportunity to be certified to participate in a community disaster response network, as well as in courses in Community First Aid, CPR, and Disease Prevention. $35 lab fee. 1 credit.
HUS107 Career Development in the Helping Professions
This course is designed primarily for sophomore-level human services and psychology students and others interested in exploring opportunities in volunteerism or the helping professions. Students will develop a professional portfolio and participate in a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer activity in an approved community setting during the semester, as well as 5 hours (minimum) involvement in relevant Divisional and other CSJ community activities. 1 credit.
HUS216 Evaluation Techniques
The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the philosophy, techniques, and role of assessment in designing and evaluating individual client treatment and agency-level programs within the area of human services. The course is designed to aid in the understanding of basic psychometric concepts and the interpretation of standardized tests. Prerequisite: PSY102 or permission of the Division Chairperson. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.
HUS305 Theories of Personality
This course will survey major counseling approaches focusing on basic concepts, therapeutic processes, the nature of the client/therapist relationship, and specific procedures applicable to individual and group situations. Professional, ethical and legal issues which impact on the counselor will be examined, and special attention will be given in helping students assess their own values and communication styles as a prerequisite to counseling others through a required interpersonal skills field experience. Prerequisite: PSY304 or permission of the Division Chairperson. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS306 Case Management and Counseling
Students are instructed in the skills of assessing a client’s unique treatment or program needs, designing a treatment or service plan, delivering a course of counseling, documenting and evaluating progress, and working within a team approach in order to ensure that appropriate services are provided to clients. As part of the course, students will focus on refining their skills to develop and maintain effective relationships with clients, and practice specific counseling strategies and techniques in the context of simulated individual and group counseling situations. Prerequisite: 12 hours in HUS or PSY including PSY103 and 304. HUS305 is also recommended. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services
This course explores the historical underpinnings of service delivery as well as current day practices and service characteristics in the field of human services. The course will also address issues of ethnic-sensitive practices as well as institutional vs. community based helping services. Current legislation including the Americans with Disabilities Act will be studied. Fieldwork component will also be required. Prerequisite: PSY102 or permission of Division Chairperson. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.
HUS320A Field Experience I in Child and Family Services
The purpose of this course is to provide an introductory opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice under direct supervision of qualified persons in a sponsoring agency and of the college faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to determine interest in a particular area through “hands on” experience in an agency. Component of 3 credits requires 120 actual hours in the field and attendance in a weekly seminar. (Supervision fee is required.) Prerequisite: Completion of core requirements, except HUS306 Case Management and Counseling and 400 level courses, a minimum of a “C” grade in PHI301 Ethics for the Professional, HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services, and an overall cumulative average of at least “2.0” in major coursework prior to the semester in which the field experience is scheduled, or permission of the instructor. $200 Field Experience Fee. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS336 Family Dynamics
This course is designed to increase the student’s understanding of human behavior, relationships, marriage, and the family. Developmental milestones, family transitions, family abuse, cycle of violence, legal, medical, and counseling strategies will be emphasized. Prerequisite: six credits of psychology or human services. Closed to Freshmen. 3 credits.
HUS406 Family Counseling & Mediation
This course focuses on counseling from a home-based perspective. Students will examine the use of Mediation, Crisis Intervention, Mentoring, Parent/Family Education and Intensive Family Based Services as they relate to families and their clinical needs in today’s changing society. Differences between traditional office based counseling and the more recent expansion of family based interventions through home-based services will be examined as well as the importance and use of “wrap around services,” collaboration between agencies, and safety in the home and out in the community. Prerequisites: HUS305 and HUS315 Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS420A Field Experience II in Child and Family Services
A capstone course for Human Service majors to provide an opportunity for supervised application of theory to practice in an approved setting under direct supervision of qualified persons in the host agency and of the College faculty. This experience provides the opportunity for a student to implement his/her chosen service role while involved in a “hands on” basis within an approved services setting along with an accompanying weekly seminar. It is recommended that an agency different from the one selected for Field Experience I be chosen. The experience consists of 240 clock hours in a human services agency. Prerequisites: Completion of core requirements (except 400 level courses), a minimum of a “C” grade in PHI301 Ethics for the Professional, HUS315 Culture and Community in Human Services, and an overall cumulative average of at least “2.0” in major course work prior to the semester in which the field experience is scheduled or permission of the instructor. $200 Field Experience Fee. Junior standing. 6 credits.
PSY102 Introduction to Psychology
This course provides an overview of the major areas of psychological study including biology and behavior, sensation and perception, learning, memory, intelligence, language, motivation, emotion, abnormal psychology, and therapy. Historical and current theoretical approaches to understanding human behavior will be reviewed and the student will be introduced to scientific methods of inquiry in psychology. This is a basic course intended for both psychology majors and others interested in the field of psychology. 3 credits.
PSY103 Developmental Psychology
A systematic examination of the processes of human development from birth to death. Emotional, intellectual, social, biological and other psychological aspects of growth will be considered from the perspectives of stage theorists such as Freud, Piaget, and Erickson as well as from perspectives derived from classical and operant conditioning work of Pavlov, Skinner, and social learning theorists. Prerequisites: PSY102. 3 credits.
PSY201 Principles of Learning
An investigation is conducted with respect to learning principles derived from classical and operant conditioning. The student is led through a step-by-step examination of processes such as response acquisition, extension, relearning higher order conditioning, generalization, and discrimination, principles and schedules of reinforcement, punishment, and other related processes. Emphasis is placed on developing a solid understanding of basic scientific principles and an opportunity for utilizing data collection and experimental design procedures is part of a field experience. 3 credits.
PSY304 Abnormal Psychology
This course examines the etiology and treatment of abnormal human behaviors. Areas of study include: historical and current approaches to conceptualizing abnormal behavior, and a review of the characteristics and treatment of organic and functional disorders described in the current edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (including areas such as anxiety, affective and personality disorders, schizophrenia, impaired brain disorders and disorders of childhood.) Prerequisites: PSY102. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.
PSY329 Infant and Early Childhood Development
This course provides an in-depth study of major developmental theories, concepts, and issues which are pertinent to infancy and preschool age children. The importance of this formative period of development will be addressed from a multi-dimensional perspective. Effective parenting and early education strategies will be studied as well as issues and disorders which can begin to emerge at this time of life. Field research will be an integral part of this course. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.
PSY330 Child Growth and Development
This course will provide a detailed investigation into current family systems and lifestyle patterns, with a focus on healthy child rearing practices. The course will provide a review of development from birth through early childhood, and then emphasize the development of the child through late childhood until the onset of adolescence. Physical, social, emotional, behavioral, educational, and other issues will be examined as well as disorders which are relevant to this period of development. Applied learning activities and field experiences will be important components of this course. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.
PSY331 Issues in Adolescence
This course will examine the major psychological, social and physiological changes that occur as children develop into adolescents, through the teenage years, and into young adulthood. Issues explored will include the process of individualization and development of self-identity, the importance of peer relationships, the emergence of sexuality and idealism. Special focus will be placed on relevant issues such as maintenance of positive relationships with parents, alcohol/substance abuse, adolescent depression and suicide, as well as legal and judicial issues in cases involving adolescents. Students will have the opportunity to interact with various professionals in the field. A minimum of 10 hours fieldwork is required. Students in secondary licensure programs must complete their fieldwork in a middle and/or high school setting. Sophomore standing. 3 credits.