Human Services Courses
The following is a sampling of courses you might take as a Human Services major:
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.
HUS221 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services
This introductory level course examines the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs as well as other addictions such as gambling, in the United States, with special attention given to local and regional problems. Topics include prevention; signs and symptoms of abuse; biological, cultural and environmental influences; effects of abuse on individual, family and other interpersonal relations, co-occurring mental health disorders, and current medical, psychosocial and peer support intervention models and techniques involved in the recovery process. Students will develop a working familiarity with ethical principles and standards which guide the behavior of individuals in the profession, as well as training, credentialing and career opportunities within the profession. Students will also be introduced to competencies and core functions which substance abuse professionals are expected to be able to perform. Field assignments will expose students to the spectrum of services which are utilized for treatment and direct knowledge of the impacts of alcohol and drugs on individuals, families and communities. 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.
HUS316 Alcohol and Society
This course explores issues related to the effects of alcohol abuse and dependence on society. Areas for learning include: health care costs, effects on the body and medical complications, etiology of alcohol dependence, effects on personal behavior and mental health, on family members and significant others, crisis intervention, prevention, assessment, treatment planning needs, counseling, alcohol’s interaction effects with other drugs, as-risk populations, co-occurring disorders, cultural effects/sensitivities and ethical standards of practice. Information related to client, family and community education will be provided and the alcohol and drug abuse (IC&RC) counselor 12 core functions and SAMHSA counselor competencies will be addressed throughout the course. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS317 Foundations of Alcohol and Substance Abuse
This course explores issues of substance abuse and chemical dependency with a discussion of the relationships between mood-altering substances and behavior, including tobacco and caffeine. The course will discuss other aspects of addiction such as gambling, family dysfunctions and behavioral and personality disorders, and other co-occurring mental health disorders which can be causative and resultant factors associated with addiction. Phases of addiction and recovery and current treatment approaches for children and adults will be explored (such as 12 step, peer support, medical, psychosocial, relapse prevention and intervention models), with opportunities for practice and field work provided. Information related to the spectrum of institutional and community-based services will be reviewed along with information related to promoting health maintenance and prevention of diseases (such as HIV/AIDS, STDs, Tuberculosis (TB) and other infectious diseases. Junior standing. 3 credits
HUS320A Field Experience I in Child and Family Services.
HUS320B Field Experience I in Community Development and Counseling.
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.
HUS401 Ethics and Foundations of Alcohol & Substance Abuse Counseling
This course examines ethical, legal and foundational issues that confront practitioners in substance abuse counseling. Students will develop substantial knowledge of the substance abuse counselor core functions and national competency standards. Ethical standards for best practice will be explored in detail including the 12 specific principles of: non-discrimination, responsibility, competence, legal and moral standards, public statements, publication credit, client welfare, confidentiality, client relationships, collegial relationships, remuneration and societal obligations, and students will learn and practice utilizing a values-based ethical decision making process to address ethical dilemmas. Professional training and credentialing requirements as well as various career opportunities in Vermont and surrounding states will be reviewed. Professional issues such as disclosure and privacy regulations, liability and risk management practices, insurance impact of culture, legal issues, and health maintenance practices will be reviewed. An overview of the spectrum of addictive disorders and co-occurring disorders as well as treatment options will be reviewed. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS405 Group Counseling
This course examines the group process of psychotherapy. Students will discuss major theoretical perspectives and will be given an opportunity to develop a group and to facilitate the group process. Groups for children, adolescents, adults, families, and the elderly will be analyzed. Stages of group development, group theory, cross-cultural and gender issues, as well as ethical and professional guidelines involved in group work will be major themes of this course. Junior standing. 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.
HUS420B Field Experience II in Community Development and Counseling
HUS420C Field Experience in Alcohol/Substance Abuse 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.
HUS427 Community Organizations & Counseling
This course focuses on issues which impact on the provision of services in human service community settings. The effects of organizational, fiscal, and philosophical trends (such as restructuring, interagency collaboration, managed care, and shifting governmental priorities) will be discussed as they impact on providing behavioral health services and client welfare. Alternative models of service delivery and methods of outcome-based assessment will be discussed. Students will have an opportunity to conduct field research in area community agencies. Senior standing. 3 credits.
HUS435 Adolescence, Alcohol and Substance Abuse
The use and abuse of alcohol and other chemical substances most commonly begins in adolescence. This course will focus on the nature and scope of adolescent substance abuse, other addictions such as gambling and other mental health disorders, and related issues including: stressors associated with normal adolescent development, diagnostic considerations, legal involvement, best practice interventions, special treatment needs, and how communities can help solve the problems associated with adolescent substance abuse. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS436 Domestic Violence
This course will provide the student with an understanding of the battered woman’s syndrome, the cycle of violence, the continuum of control and the psychology of the male batterer. In addition, legal, medical, social and counseling alternatives to handle family violence will be presented. This course will also discuss the areas of child abuse, sexual assault and abuse of the elderly and disabled individuals. Junior standing. 3 credits.
HUS443 Contemporary Issues in Social Justice
This course will examine contemporary issues of social justice that impact on individuals, families, organizations, and communities within our society and in different cultures. Topics will include issues such as poverty, violence, substance abuse, health promotion and maintenance, discrimination, international relations, the impact of the media and technology, and cultural reform. The roles and responsibilities of individual citizens in general, and professionals in business, education and the helping professions in particular, will be explored as they relate to the process of social change. Students will be provided with the opportunity to participate in fieldwork and applied research. 3 credits.
HUS160-460 Workshop in Human Services
Various workshops designed to address current human services needs and/or interests relevant to field experience and practical applications. 1-3 credits.
HUS490 Independent Study in Human Services