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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 102 Introduction to Human Services (3)
This course will introduce the student to the field of Human Services. Topics covered will include an examination of current themes and approaches in human services, the nature and meaning of human service work and worker identity, primary roles and intervention activities utilized, major issues and types of problems encountered, and the basic knowledge, attitudes, values and skills characteristic of human service work. Also emphasized will be an understanding of the different community resource systems and social service agencies, and how to make appropriate referrals.
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 150 Stress Management (3)
An understanding of the nature, causes, and dynamics of stress; experience in identifying personal areas of stress, and learning, experiencing, and exposure to various tension reduction techniques. The course will also include development of a personal stress management plan incorporating various techniques.
Prerequisite: ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

HSER 152 Assertiveness Training (3)
This course will present the behavioral skills and techniques of assertion as well as the philosophy and theoretical background related to assertiveness. Students will develop a self-management plan and practice giving assertive responses. After mastering techniques, students will learn to observe and analyze unassertive behavior in others and give training and reinforcement in more effective behavior.
Prerequisite: ENG 21 or ENG 22 with a grade of C or better or equivalent.

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.

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