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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 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 190 - 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 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 196 - On-Site Training
Specializes in career orientation and training program without pay in selected businesses and industry, supervised and coordinated by the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 225 - Functional Family Intervention
Provides an understanding of functions and dysfunctions within the family. Emphasizes the development of effective skills through an interpersonal/interactional approach to family intervention.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 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 228 - Productive Problem-Solving
Develops problem-solving and program-development skills needed to function in helping relationships. Emphasizes skills-training within the classroom and application of the skills in other settings.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
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 261 - Human Behavior I
Develops skills in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities within the socio- cultural context. Emphasizes historical development of various social systems and how these systems affect the whole person. Part I of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 262 - Human Behavior II
Develops skills in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities within the socio- cultural context. Emphasizes historical development of various social systems and how these systems affect the whole person. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
HMS 266 - Counseling Psychology
Studies major counseling theories, their contributions and limitations, and the application of each to a counseling interaction. Students develop their own personal counseling 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 295 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
HMS 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits