HUMAN SERVICES

HUMS 100 – CAREERS IN THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

This course will generate one credit hour by producing 16 hours of contact time over a 15-week semester. This course is designed to assist students wishing to pursue careers in helping professions. Focus will be on researching the breadth of positions available as well as salary range and educational requirements. Attention will also be given to specific concerns associated with professional helpers such as boundaries, interpersonal skills, and appropriate conduct in both the professional and personal settings. Special attention will be given to supporting the student in their first internship, HUM 141, during this course.

Co-requisite: HUMS 101; HUMS 141

1 credit (1 lecture hour/week), fall and spring semesters

HUMS 101 - INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES

This course provides an introduction to the human service field and helping professions, including the theoretical systems for understanding human behavior, modalities of intervention, counseling skills, social policy, professional ethics and standards, and an historical perspective on the human service field.

3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall or spring semester

HUMS 141* - INTERNSHIPS IN HUMAN SERVICES I

A field-based internship experience providing social science majors an opportunity to combine their internship experience in a human service setting. Students will be required to combine their internship experience with written work to process their experience.

Co-requisite: HUMS 100; HUMS 101 and permission of instructor

1          credit   for        each    unit,     fall       or         spring  semester

[Offered at Norwich Campus]

HUMS 142* - INTERNSHIPS IN HUMAN SERVICES II

A field-based internship experience providing social science majors an opportunity to deepen their internship experience in a human service setting. Students will be required to combine their internship experience with reflection and written work to process their experience.

Co-requisite: HUMS 143

Prerequisite: HUMS 100; HUMS 101, HUMS 141 and permission of instructor

1 credit for each unit, fall or spring semester

[Offered at Norwich Campus]

HUMS 143* - INTERNSHIPS IN HUMAN SERVICES III

A field-based internship experience providing social science majors an opportunity to combine their internship experience in a human service setting. Students will be required to combine their internship experience with written work to process their experience.

Co-requisite: HUMS 142

Prerequisite: HUMS 100; HUMS 101, HUMS 141 and permission of instructor

1 credit for each unit, fall or spring semester

[Offered at Norwich Campus]

HUMS 200 – HELPING PROCESSES AND CRISIS INTERVENTION

This course will provide students with the skills and techniques necessary for effective helping. Students will be introduced to the role of the helper as well as the process of helping. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of multicultural practices and helping skills as well as the theories associated with helping and crisis intervention.

Prerequisites: HUMS 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours/week), fall semester

HUMS 201 – COUNSELING AND CASE MANAGEMENT

This course will provide an applied foundation to interviewing and counseling techniques. Students will examine strategies pertaining to intentional interviewing and effective interventions. Focus will be given to human strength and resilience. Attention will also be given to the foundations of case management and the importance of this role as a human service provider. Cultural consideration will be integrated into both aspects of this course.

Prerequisites:  HUMS 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours/week), spring semester

HUMS 202 – MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF HUMAN SERVICES

This course will focus on the practices and skills vital to the management and administration of human service delivery. The course will provide an overview of topics associated with human service management such as: the functions of human service management, program development and evaluation, community collaboration, organizational theory, and supervisory skills. Students will gain an understanding of technology utilized in the storing and managing of data and finances pertaining to human service administration.

Prerequisites: HUMS 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours/week), spring semester

HUMS 250 – HUMAN SERVICE PRACTICUM

This is the final required course for the Human Services AAS degree program. This course is designed to provide human services students with an opportunity to integrate and assimilate previous learning experiences with human service delivery. Practical field experience combined with lecture and self-reflection enable students to critically assess their personal, professional, and social values as well as practice interpersonal skills in a learning environment. Course assignments and class discussion will enable students to examine influences of organizational structure, funding sources hiring and training of personnel, as well as other agency policies and procedures on the delivery of services. Students will spend 125 hours at a negotiated human services site, 16 hours in a structured classroom setting, and will complete a Capstone presentation to faculty and practicum supervisors. Successful completion of this course will require a grade of B or better since this course is intended to evaluate the readiness of graduates to participate in human service employment.

Prerequisite:  Senior status

3 credits (3 lecture hours/week), spring semester