Human & Social Services

The Human & Social Services program is designed to provide theoretical and practical knowledge important to be a successful professional in human and social services and to apply those concepts in a variety of settings. Students learn the attributes and needs of diverse populations served by human service organizations and the professional and ethical standards to work with people in need. A number of opportunities are available with community agencies and institutions to gain hands-on experience through field placements. Students may concentrate in specialized areas by choosing specific electives related to their interests.

Degrees

Courses

  • HSS 022 Mental Health First Aid
    Students will learn how to assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. Course identifies the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
  • HSS 101 Introduction to Human Services
    Students will be introduced to the many facets of human services work and will explore the number of services provided by local agencies in food and shelter assistance, addiction and recovery, mental health, community health, and disability services. Students will also review the history, policies, politics, and economic factors that influence and shape the field of human services.
  • HSS 102 Cultural Diversity and Client Populations
    Students will assess the attributes and needs of diverse populations served by human services such as elderly, children and family, LGBT, homeless, substance abuse addicts, and people with disabilities. They will also practice adapting strategies and locating resources to address the needs of those populations. Students will assess their own skills and potential challenges working with different populations. Students will be exposed to a variety of cultural ideas to promote tolerance and understanding when working with diverse populations. Culture, lifestyles, religion, age, and gender will also be explored to increase awareness and related concerns.
  • HSS 103 Applied Skills for Human Services
    Students will learn the specific skills and competencies required in human service professions and how to apply those skills in a variety of settings such as correctional facilities, group homes, crisis intervention, and rehabilitation centers. Focus is on clinical mental health counseling, community support, rehabilitation services, chemical dependency recovery, and motivational and evidence-based strategies for treatment and support. A range of assessment tools, methods of evaluation, and case plans will also be examined.
  • HSS 110 Ethics in Health and Human Services
    Students will practice upholding ethical and professional standards within human services such as accurately and honestly documenting interactions with clients, protecting client confidentiality, and maintaining professional boundaries with clients and coworkers. Contemporary issues, trends, legal aspects, and ethics will be discussed in an integrated approach. Students will also review the roles, functions, and legal/ethical responsibilities of health and human service professionals.
  • HSS 141 Field Experience I
    This introductory field experience offers students an opportunity to apply theoretical learning in selected human services settings under the direct supervision of qualified agency personnel; to be arranged through the Human Services instructor. Students will complete and submit field experience documentation, address legal and ethical issues related to their site, track progress on field experience learning objectives, network with other students, self-evaluate their progress, and discuss trends and best practices.
  • HSS 201 Case Management
    Students will learn skills for developing, implementing, and monitoring effective case plans that help clients achieve self-sufficiency. Students will explore case management in a wide variety of human services organizations and with a broad spectrum of clients such as substance abuse addicts, elderly, youth, homeless, poor, offenders, and people with disabilities. The processing of cases and applications, identification of appropriate providers and facilities, and advocacy of resources will also be reviewed.
  • HSS 202 Co-occurring Disorders
    Students will examine how mental illness and substance abuse interfere with an individual's ability to function effectively, including the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Students will learn the consequences of undiagnosed or untreated co-occurring disorders, as well as integrated treatments used by human service professionals that focus on both mental illness and addictions.
  • HSS 241 Field Experience II
    Student will provide services in a setting related to his/her area of interest. There will be opportunities for direct client contact to enhance skills in interviewing, observation, documentation, assessment, and intervention planning. Students will complete and submit field experience documentation, address legal and ethical issues related to their site, track progress on practicum learning objectives, network with other students, self-evaluate their progress, and discuss trends and best practices.

Degrees

Degrees

Courses

Courses

  • HSS 022 Mental Health First Aid
    Students will learn how to assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis. Course identifies the risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in both crisis and non-crisis situations, and where to turn for help.
  • HSS 101 Introduction to Human Services
    Students will be introduced to the many facets of human services work and will explore the number of services provided by local agencies in food and shelter assistance, addiction and recovery, mental health, community health, and disability services. Students will also review the history, policies, politics, and economic factors that influence and shape the field of human services.
  • HSS 102 Cultural Diversity and Client Populations
    Students will assess the attributes and needs of diverse populations served by human services such as elderly, children and family, LGBT, homeless, substance abuse addicts, and people with disabilities. They will also practice adapting strategies and locating resources to address the needs of those populations. Students will assess their own skills and potential challenges working with different populations. Students will be exposed to a variety of cultural ideas to promote tolerance and understanding when working with diverse populations. Culture, lifestyles, religion, age, and gender will also be explored to increase awareness and related concerns.
  • HSS 103 Applied Skills for Human Services
    Students will learn the specific skills and competencies required in human service professions and how to apply those skills in a variety of settings such as correctional facilities, group homes, crisis intervention, and rehabilitation centers. Focus is on clinical mental health counseling, community support, rehabilitation services, chemical dependency recovery, and motivational and evidence-based strategies for treatment and support. A range of assessment tools, methods of evaluation, and case plans will also be examined.
  • HSS 110 Ethics in Health and Human Services
    Students will practice upholding ethical and professional standards within human services such as accurately and honestly documenting interactions with clients, protecting client confidentiality, and maintaining professional boundaries with clients and coworkers. Contemporary issues, trends, legal aspects, and ethics will be discussed in an integrated approach. Students will also review the roles, functions, and legal/ethical responsibilities of health and human service professionals.
  • HSS 141 Field Experience I
    This introductory field experience offers students an opportunity to apply theoretical learning in selected human services settings under the direct supervision of qualified agency personnel; to be arranged through the Human Services instructor. Students will complete and submit field experience documentation, address legal and ethical issues related to their site, track progress on field experience learning objectives, network with other students, self-evaluate their progress, and discuss trends and best practices.
  • HSS 201 Case Management
    Students will learn skills for developing, implementing, and monitoring effective case plans that help clients achieve self-sufficiency. Students will explore case management in a wide variety of human services organizations and with a broad spectrum of clients such as substance abuse addicts, elderly, youth, homeless, poor, offenders, and people with disabilities. The processing of cases and applications, identification of appropriate providers and facilities, and advocacy of resources will also be reviewed.
  • HSS 202 Co-occurring Disorders
    Students will examine how mental illness and substance abuse interfere with an individual's ability to function effectively, including the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual well-being. Students will learn the consequences of undiagnosed or untreated co-occurring disorders, as well as integrated treatments used by human service professionals that focus on both mental illness and addictions.
  • HSS 241 Field Experience II
    Student will provide services in a setting related to his/her area of interest. There will be opportunities for direct client contact to enhance skills in interviewing, observation, documentation, assessment, and intervention planning. Students will complete and submit field experience documentation, address legal and ethical issues related to their site, track progress on practicum learning objectives, network with other students, self-evaluate their progress, and discuss trends and best practices.