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Human Services Course Descriptions

HMS 1000 Human Services in Contemporary America
3 credits
An examination of community response to selected social problems, including poverty and public welfare services, emotional problems and counseling, early childhood services, child abuse-neglect and protective services, racism and sexism, crime and correctional services, physical and mental disabilities, rehabilitation and treatment, drug use, and gerontological services. The roles of the individual and societal values in policy formation and implementation are considered. Distribution Requirement: CSI. Offered every Term I and Term II.

HMS 1010 Services to Families With Young Children
3 credits
A survey of prevention and intervention services for families with young children (birth to five years of age). The course is organized around four major areas of service: health care services, child care services, parenting education, and early childhood education. Topics include: prenatal prevention programs for at-risk parents, routine child health programs, parenting education programs, and developmentally appropriate curricula and environments in preschool settings. Offered Term I every other year.

HMS 2010 Chemical Dependency: Treatment and Rehabilitation
3 credits
An examination of the medical, psychological, and sociological aspects of drug abuse, chemical dependency, treatment and rehabilitation at all levels and among all age groups in American society.

HMS 2020 Mental Health Services
3 credits
An examination of the mental health services delivery system in the United States. Topics include the historical development of the mental health system, with special attention to the community mental health movement. A range of mental health interventions will be discussed, from inpatient services to self-help and advocacy. Special areas of mental health practice will also be addressed, such as substance abuse, psychogeriatric services and psychoeducation. Distribution Requirement: CSI. Offered Term II every other year.

HMS 2025 Death and Dying
3 credits
Examines death, dying, grief, and bereavement. Cultural differences in attitudes toward death and funeral practices as well as services for those who are dying and those coping with grief and loss will be explored. Ethical issues surrounding suicide and euthanasia will also be considered.

HMS-NSG 2030 End-of-Life Issues
3 credits
Examination of end-of-life issues from a multidisciplinary perspective including physical, psychological, social cultural and spiritual aspects of dying. Open to non-nursing majors. Distribution Requirement: GN.

HMS 2515 Practicum in Human Services (Associate Degree)
6 credits
The Human Services Practicum is a two hundred forty hour supervised field experience in an approved human service agency or program. To enroll, students must meet with and have the written approval of a human services faculty member. This practicum is designed for students who are pursuing a terminal Associate’s Degree and must be taken prior to reaching upper division standing. Instructor’s Signature Required.

HMS 3005 Family Assessment
3 credits
This upper level course focuses on frameworks for understanding normal family processes. The structural, functional, and developmental properties of the family will be discussed, with readings drawing upon the field of family theory and upon research on family stressors and discontinuities (e.g. becoming parents, death, divorce). Prerequisites: At least three courses in Human Services or Psychology or permission of instructor. Offered Term I.

HMS 3006 Observing Child Development
3 credits
A study of the development of preschool children in the areas of physical, social emotional, language, cognitive, and creative development. Students learn to observe and record this development in a preschool setting and complete a case study of a single child. Prerequisites: HMS 1010 and PSY 2060. Offered Term II, every other year.

HMS 3010 Management of Human Service Agencies
3 credits
This course examines not-for-profit management and the challenges facing the not-for-profit executive. Key course topics that are relevant to not-for-profit leaders will include board governance, board development, management principles, fiscal management, budget development, ethics, program services, fund raising, marketing and entrepreneurship. Prerequisites: Junior Level Status. Offered Term II.

HMS 3025 Services For Children and Youth
3 credits
Defines the needs of school-age children and their families and the ways in which human service agencies respond to these needs. Includes discussions of current social problems facing children and adolescents, such as: decision-making about drug use, sexual behavior, school retention, and youth violence. Prerequisites: PSY 1010 and PSY 2060. Offered Term I, every other year.

HMS-SOC 3000 Social Policy
3 credits
An examination of the formation and implementation of social policy and controversial policy issues such as social welfare, universal health care, capital punishment, mandatory sentencing, gay rights, right-to-die, and reproductive rights are examined. Policy-making is considered as both a rational and a political process. The roles of government employees, elected officials, the media, professionals, and the public are considered. Selected U.S. policies are compared with those of other western nations. Prerequisite: Juniors or seniors majoring in Criminal Justice, Human Services, Political Science, Psychology or Sociology or permission of the instructor. Offered as needed.

HMS-SOC 3120 Community Organization
3 credits
An examination of the role of community organizing in defining social problems and initiating social change. Methods of community organization including social movements, protests, consciousness raising, legal advocacy, lobbying, self-help, action research, and “whistle blowing” are discussed. Organizing at both the local and the national level are considered. Prerequisite: Upper level human service or sociology majors. Other students with an interest in social movements and community organizing are welcome to enroll. Offered as needed.

HMS 3140 Social Group Work
3 credits
An examination of social group work as a method in social work for meeting human needs and interests. An analysis of the dynamics of the group process and the forces that influence group decisions. Prerequisite: HMS-PSY 3300.

HMS 3150 Social Casework
3 credits
A course that provides fundamental casework skills necessary to work with clients as individuals, families or groups. Topics include: rapport and the worker-client relationship, psycholosocial assessment and client interviews, problem identification and problem solving, evaluation, and termination of the therapeutic relationship. Working with culturally diverse populations and avoiding burnout will also be addressed. Prerequisite: HMS-PSY 3300.

HMS-PSY 3300 Basic Counseling Techniques
3 credits
This course will assist students to acquire basic skills or techniques used in one-on-one counseling sessions by professional counselors. In addition to practicing interventions in simulated situations, topics of study include the role(s) of the professional helper, ethics in counseling, multicultural issue, and working with special populations. It is especially appropriate for those who intend to enter a helping field. Prerequisite: PSY 1010, junior and senior class status, or permission of instructor. Offered Term I and Term II.

HMS 4000 Program Planning and Evaluation
3 credits
An examination of the theory and applied techniques for planning and evaluating human service programs. Topics covered include: planning in human service settings, components of plans, needs assessment, funding, grant writing, and evaluation research design. Each student prepares a proposal for a hypothetical program. In addition to human service majors, students with an interest in management of not-for-profit organizations may benefit from this course. Prerequisite: Senior-level standing or permission of instructor. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered Term II.

HMS 4515 Practicum in Human Services (Bachelor’s Degree)
6 credits
The Human Services Practicum is a two hundred forty hour supervised field experience in an approved human service agency or program. To enroll in HMS 4515, students must meet with and have the written approval of a human services faculty member. Students must have upper division standing and have completed or be close to completing the requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Prerequisites: Instructor’s Signature Required.