Human Services (HMS) at Virginia Highlands Community College


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HMS 100 - Introduction to Human Services
Introduces human service agencies, roles and careers. Presents an historical perspective of the field as it relates to human services today. Additional topics include values clarification and needs of target populations.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 106 - Working With Death and Dying
Studies the hospice concept emphasizing the management of providing services associated with terminal illness, while providing human services for the family as well as the patient. Explores the unique role of each member of the hospice care team as to how each assists the patient and family in coping with the effects of the illness. Emphasizes understanding grief and loss. Focuses on the dying person and emphasizes the social and moral aspects of death and dying.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 121 - Basic Counseling Skills I
Develops skills needed to function in a helping relationship. Emphasizes skills in attending, listening and responding. Clarifies personal skill strengths, deficits and goals for skill improvement.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 122 - Basic Counseling Skills II
Expands the development of counseling skills needed to function effectively in a helping relationship. Emphasizes skills in responding, personalizing, summarizing and initiating. Clarifies personal skill strengths, deficits and goals for skill improvement. Develops plans for achieving personal and program goals.
Lecture 3 hours per work.
3 credits
HMS 141 - Group Dynamics I
Examines the stages of group development, group dynamics, the role of the leader in a group, and recognition of the various types of group processes. Discusses models of group dynamics that occur as a result of group membership dynamics.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 145 - Effects of Psychoactive Drugs
Provides information on the biochemical, physiological, and behavioral aspects of substance addiction and will review the symptoms of addiction. Emphasizes areas of chemical dependency, medical epidemiology, physiological threats of addiction and methods of identifying multiple drug abusers.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 161 - Professional Skill Development for Human Services
Teach professional skills necessary to make the transition from the role of MH consumer/client to that of services provider. Will cover confidentiality, professionalism, boundaries and roles, cultural diversity and personal values.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 162 - Communication Skills for Human Services Professionals
Covers basic written and verbal communication skills, including, listening skills, interviewing techniques, and completing written documentation to professional standards.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 197 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 226 - Helping Across Cultures
Provides an historical overview of selected cultural and racial groups. Promotes understanding of group differences and the impact on counseling services.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 227 - The Helper As a Change Agent
Teaches the following skills for implementing alternative models of change and influence: action research, problem- solving, consultation, workshop development, and outreach and advocacy for diverse client populations.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 230 - Ethics in Human Services
Examines ethical concepts specific to human services organizations and careers. Considers self-determination, informed consent, confidentiality, boundaries, conflict of interest, dual relationships, as well as value clarification and the impact of culture.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 230 Detailed Outline
HMS 231 - Gerontology I
Examines characteristics of the aging process and problems for the elderly. Considers both theoretical and applied perspectives on the following issues: biological, psychological, sociological, economic and political. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 232 - Gerontology II
Examines characteristics of the aging process and problems for the elderly. Considers both theoretical and applied perspectives on the following issues: biological, psychological, sociological, economic and political. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 236 - Gerontology
Examines the process of aging; its implications in relation to health, recreation, education, transportation, meaningful work or activity, and to community resources. Emphasizes experiencing the aging process, facilitating retirement, and application of the helping relationship to work with older adults.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 238 - Selected Topics in Aging
Provides students with an opportunity to explore a variety of major current issues in aging. Topics may include care giving and the elderly, elderly drug use and misuse, protective services, crisis interventions, homecare, elder- abuse, and other current topics.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 250 - Principles of Case Management
Provides an overview of current case management theory and practice in the field of mental health.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 251 - Substance Abuse I
Provides knowledge, skills, and insight for working in drug and alcohol abuse programs. Emphasizes personal growth and client growth measures in helping relationships. Stresses various methods of individual and group techniques for helping the substance abuser.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 252 - Substance Abuse II
Expands knowledge and skill in working with the substance abuser. Focuses on assisting substance abusers in individual and group settings and explores client treatment modalities. May provide opportunities for field experience in treatment centers.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
Prerequisite HMS 251.
3 credits
HMS 258 - Case Management and Substance Abuse
Focuses on the process for interviewing substance abuse clients. Includes intake, assessment, handling denial, and ending the interview. Teaches skills for writing short-term goals and treatment plans with emphasis on accountability. Examines various reporting devices.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 260 - Substance Abuse Counseling
Provides an understanding of the skills of guidance of clients and those associated with being an advocate. Examines the dynamics of the client/counselor relationship in developing treatment plans and empowerment skills.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 270 - Treatment Systems
Examines the services and facilities established for the purpose of treating addictions. Focuses on treatment therapy models and ethical standards related to addiction-disease theory.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 280 - Understanding Serious Mental Illness
Provides an overview of current information about serious and persistent mental illnesses and their treatment. Includes a particular focus on relapse prevention and recovery.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits