Social Services (520)

520-100. Introduction to Human Services. (3 Credits)

Review the roles and responsibilities of human service workers. Assess motivations, attitudes and interest in the field. Discuss social problems that contribute to the dysfunction of individuals, groups, families and communities, and the conditions and events leading people to human service organizations.

Prerequisites: (801-195 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or 801-136 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or 851-744 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of S or 851-771 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of S or 831-103 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C or 851-745 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of S or 851-771A (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of S)

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520-102. Basic Counsel Skills Practice. (3 Credits)

Become familiar with counseling techniques and practice the skills of attending, paraphrasing, reflecting, summarizing, probing, self-disclosure, interpreting, and confrontation.

Prerequisites: 801-196 with a minimum grade of D

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520-103. Case Managmnt & Documentation. (3 Credits)

Practice and refine interviewing skills. Learn the techniques involved in maintaining clinical records, documenting referrals, staffing and consultations.

Prerequisites: 801-136 with a minimum grade of D

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520-104. Behavior Management. (3 Credits)

Develop skills that incorporate various behavior modification techniques, analysis of the uses of behavior modification, practice in developing programs for application, and data analysis. Gain proficiency in data collection, assessment, measuring behavior, and writing behavior plans.

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520-105. Understanding Diversity. (3 Credits)

Explore the issues that occur when working with diverse populations of clients, including but not limited to: persons with disabilities, ethnic groups, ages, genders, and sexual preferences. Learn and practice interviewing techniques appropriate to multi-culturally diverse agencies and clients.

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520-106. Group Methods of Intervention. (3 Credits)

Develop and practice the skills necessary for facilitating a group. Discuss the concepts of group stages, strategies and techniques, and milieu group work.

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520-107. Ethics in Human Service Profes. (3 Credits)

Explore a wide range of ethical dilemmas that can occur in the human services field. Discuss case studies, and reflect on ethical decision making.

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520-108. Psycho Educational Services. (3 Credits)

Examine the use of psycho-education as a means to help others learn about a broad range of emotional and behavioral difficulties, their effects and strategies for dealing with them. Learn and practice the principles and skills involved with using psycho-education as a tool to promote wellness.

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520-110. Practicum I. (3 Credits)

Apply previously learned knowledge and skills in an occupational setting.

Prerequisites: (520-102 with a minimum grade of C and 520-103 with a minimum grade of C and 520-107 with a minimum grade of C)

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520-111. Family Systems. (3 Credits)

Develop the skills relevant to helping families. Learn to assess family functioning, child maltreatment, addiction, and domestic violence.

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520-112. Practicum II. (3 Credits)

Practice previously learned skills while working in a human service environment. During a weekly seminar, students will develop supportive relationships with their peers and explore the role that values and personal experiences play in their work with clients.

Prerequisites: (520-110 with a minimum grade of C)

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520-113. Introduction to Mental Health. (3 Credits)

Examine the major diagnostic categories of mental illness while maintaining a focus on the psychiatric management of mental illness. Explore the unique treatment needs of people who have a psychiatric disorder and a coexisting substance-abuse problem.

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520-114. Human Service Interventions. (3 Credits)

Gain insight and overview into a variety of human service interventions, including motivational interviewing, crisis intervention and response, trauma informed care and cognitive behavior therapy.

Prerequisites: 520-102 (may be taken concurrently) with a minimum grade of C

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520-115. Psychopharmacology. (3 Credits)

Workers in human service settings will get an overview of the psychopharmacology of therapeutic drugs, over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs and alcohol that could be encountered when working with various human service populations. An emphasis is placed on the effect of drugs on the nervous system structure and brain functions; it also includes a discussion of interactions, withdrawal effects, maternal and fetal effects of drugs, and the effects of drugs and alcohol on different stages of development.

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520-121. Human Service Populations. (3 Credits)

Take an in-depth look at a variety of special populations, including the disabled, elderly, adolescents and others in need of human services.

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520-180. Developmental Disabilities. (3 Credits)

Focus on the various types of developmental disabilities, services available, health issues, and legal and ethical considerations for persons with developmental disabilities.

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520-190. Youth Care Worker. (3 Credits)

Focus on the role and responsibility of the child care worker employed within a residential treatment facility. Special emphasis is placed on teaching independent living skills, planning and conducting recreational activities, maintaining resident records and health care procedures.

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520-400. Developmental Disabilities. (0.8 Credits)

This 8-hour course focuses on a basic understanding of developmental disabilities, including: types of, services available, health issues, legal and ethical considerations.

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520-402. Disability Trng for Paraprof. (2 Credits)

This course provides an overview of special education, roles and responsibilities of the paraprofessional, proactive vs. reactive behavior, and behavior management.

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