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Course Descriptions Human Services (HSER)

HUMAN SERVICES (HSER)

Updated for 2014-2015

HSER 100 Self Exploration (3)

his group process course provides an opportunity for student exploration of personal values, attitudes, and the development toward goals to attain greater insight and understanding of self and others. The students will be encouraged to identify and assess personal characteristics that are hampering their growth and a method for developing a personal action plan. Critical self-reflection and analysis within a life stage model of development will occur over the course of the semester. The focus will be on reflectively relating oneself to selected course topics to increase self and other awareness. lt may specifically support the development of people interested in entering human services, and one of the helping professions, or other disciplines such as education, justice, or nursing, etc.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

HSER 140 Individual Counseling (3)

This course is designed to upgrade the knowledge and skills for people who are currently working in the counseling field and to introduce newcomers to the field who wish to pursue a possible career in the helping professions. Students will practice interviewing and attending skills through role plays and be exposed to various theories of counseling, and means for assessment and treatment.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent and HSER 100, or consent of instructor.

HSER 160 Effective Parenting (3)

This course is intended for parents, individuals preparing for parenthood, and persons working with children and parents. The course explores various approaches and styles of successful parenting. It also exposes students to important developmental issues surrounding children and families, looks at functional and dysfunctional families and parenting styles, and introduces healthy parenting attitudes and behaviors. The course intends to upgrade individual’s parenting skills and provide an understanding of a child’s need for respect and love.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

HSER 245 Group Counseling (3)

This course provides theoretical and experiential training in facilitating self-exploration and growth groups. lt is designed to provide knowledge and skill development in selecting group members, establishing group norms and goals, setting group climate, developing group activities, promoting group and individual growth, and making appropriate group interventions. Student will be a member of an in-class group and also be responsible for facilitating a group. Theories of group counseling will also be reviewed. This course supports the development of a knowledge and skill base for those students who are interested in entering or currently working in any of the helping professions.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent and HSER 100, or consent of instructor.

HSER 256 Sexual Assault and Family Violence (3)

This course is designed to create an awareness of the problems of abuse, violence and sexual assault, to explore intervention strategies, and to identify community resources (medical, legal, and counseling services) which attempt to deal with these issues. In addition, the course provides individuals with an opportunity to explore their own personal feelings and values related to norms and trends in regards to family violence in our society.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

HSER 268 Survey of Substance Abuse Problems (3)

This course is designed to increase learners’ understanding of substance use and abuse. The course includes historical and social perceptions of substance use, patterns and trends of use, societal and legal responses to drugs and alcohol, description of psychoactive drugs in terms of effects and actions, new ways of considering the etiology of substance abuse, methods of substance abuse prevention, intervention, and treatment. Community resources will be identified as well as current alcohol and drug issues.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

Rec Prep: HSER 100

HSER 270 Substance Abuse Counseling (3)

This course is designed for people interested in pursuing work as a substance abuse counselor. The course material will cover the counseling process used in the substance abuse field. This course will focus on prevention, intervention and the treatment process as it specifically applies to the substance abuse population. Ethical and legal issues affecting substance abuse counselors will also be identified.

Prerequisite: ENG 22 and HSER 268 or consent of instructor.

HSER 294 Practicum (3)

The HSER Practicum course, 294 offers the student enrolled in the Certificate of Completion in Substance Abuse Counseling program graduated learning experiences in which s/he is able to complete 224 hours of onsite field work experience in an approved addiction treatment facility. As well, the student is offered opportunities to develop a professional identity as a beginning substance abuse counselor by experimenting and integrating into his/her own practice the knowledge, skills, and values that s/he has learned in the classroom.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling program and completion of HSERV 140, 245, 268, 270 is required. On occasion, a student may request consent from the Coordinator of the program to enter practicum even though one of the two counseling courses (HSER 140, or 245) is still needed, and learner commits to take it concurrently.

Rec Prep: HSER 140, 245, 268, 270.

HSER 295 Practicum (3)

The HSER Practicum course, 295 offers the student enrolled in the Certificate of Completion in Substance Abuse Counseling program graduated learning experiences in which s/he is able to complete 224 hours of onsite field work experience in an approved addiction treatment facility. As well, the student is offered opportunities to develop a professional identity as a beginning substance abuse counselor by experimenting and integrating into his/her own practice the knowledge, skills, and values that s/he has learned in the classroom.

Prerequisite: HSER294 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

Rec Prep: HSER 140, 245, 268, 270.

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