Alexandra Jones Child and Family Services

The Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services is designed for students who wish to work with children, adolescents, and/or families in a counseling-related capacity.

College of St. Joseph established Guided Pathways for each undergraduate major in 2016. The Guided Pathways were developed through the CSJ Learning Collaborative and provide a visual road map showing students what courses they should take and when to achieve four-year graduation success. View the Child and Family Services Guided Pathway here.

Requirements for a Bachelor of Science in Child and Family Services

CourseCreditsDescription
HUS102 Introduction to Human Service3This 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.
HUS108 Professional Development 3
HUS217 Personality Theory and Evaluations 3The purpose of this course is to acquaint the student with the philosophy, fundamental techniques and proper role of psychological assessments in helping to understand the nature of human behavior from the standpoints of cognitive, emotional and personality functioning. Proper and ethical use of such assessment, as well as aspects of personality theory will be addressed and the impact of both on diagnosis and treatment. The student will have the change to study specific assessment tools, and will develop a more advanced understanding of their own personality style and how it will impact their work and with others in this field.
HUS306 Case Management & Counseling3Students 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.
HUS315 Culture & Community in Human Services3This 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.
HUS320A Field Experience I in Child and Family Services 3The 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.
HUS336 Family Dynamics3This 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.
HUS406 Family Counseling and Mediation3This 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
HUS420A Field Experience II in Child and Family Services6A 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.
PSY104 Human Growth and Development3This course will provide students a systematic examination of the processes of human psychological growth from conception throughout infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. Socio-emotional, intellectual and biological domains of development will be considered from perspectives of psychodynamic and psychosocial theory, as well as more contemporary socio-cultural, cognitive, neuroscientific and ecological approaches
PSY201 Principles of Learning3An 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.
PSY203 Child and Adolescent Development3Students will explore principles and theories of child growth and development from birth through adolescence, focusing on ages 5-18. The course will focus on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive domains of development and their application to prominent theories of development, developmental milestones, internal and external influences of family, community institutions including school and culture on child and youth development. Focus areas will include developmental assets children and youth need to succeed and applications of such concepts to youth program development.
PSY207 Research Methods II3This course introduces the student to scientific assumptions and methodology that apply to research and program development, implementation, and evaluation in psychology as well as allied human service, business, and educational disciplines. Individual and group designs will be examined as well as statistical and behavioral methods to analyze research results. As part of this course, students will develop a written proposal for a possible research project, although the study will not be completed in this course.
PSY304 Abnormal Psychology3This 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.)
PSY334 Adult Development and Aging3Students will review and critically discuss traditional and contemporary perspectives documenting normative and non-normative life events that characterize growth and change from young adulthood through the senior years. Topics will include career choice and development, partner selection and marriage, conventional and nonconventional families, theories of adult personality development, mid- and late-life transitions, aging and dying and death and bereavement.
PSY453 Seminar in Psychology & Human Services3This is the capstone course for Psychology and Human Services majors. The overarching purpose of this course is to provide a way for students in these majors to pull together knowledge gained during the course of their undergraduate academic career and synthesize it into a comprehensive paper and presentation on a pertinent topic from this field. Students will work with the course instructor to develop their topic, paper and presentation, the latter of which they will present both in class and on Capstone Wednesday. Senior standing.
Elective in HUS, PSY, SOC, EDU, or BUS9Child and Family Services majors are required to take nine credits of electives.

General Education Core

General Education Core40Must pass PHI301 Ethics with a grade of “C” or better.

General Electives

General Electives20No more than nine credits of content courses in PSY/HUS.
Total 120