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Human Services and Counseling

Human Services and Counseling - HS

2103 - Introduction to Human Services - 3 credit hours
Provides an introduction into the helping professions and the roles of human services workers in modern society.  In addition, materials overview human service workplace and familiarize students with a variety of helping disciplines.  Designed as a foundation for fundamental professional and personal exploration and growth. Recommended: PSYC 1003.

2203 - Marriage and Family - 3 credit hours
Addresses the institution of marriage and family with an emphasis on the American family. Specifically, students investigate the origin and continuing evolution of the family, human sexuality, love and marriage, gender roles and parenting.

2903 - Introduction to Counseling Theory - 3 credit hours
Provides an introduction to and overview of theories significant to the practice of counseling. Attention will be given to notable individuals and theoretical principles.

2953 - Principles and Techniques of Group Counseling - 3 credit hours
Designed as an introduction to group counseling. Introducing group stages, process, and issues including guidelines for multicultural practice, ethical and professional issues, group leadership, and pre-group and post-group procedures. Includes a combination of inter/intrapersonal experiential elements to demonstrate the group counseling process to acquaint each student experientially with the therapeutic group process, group involvement, and several group leadership interventions.

3003 - Human Services Foundations and Issues - 3 credit hours
Focuses on foundations for Human Services, APA writing, and issues from the human service field.

3023 - Human Sexuality - 3 credit hours
Focuses on the integration of psychological, social, and biological components of the human body as well as the human emotional system.  A systemic approach will be utilized to define "human sexuality."   

3103 - Life Span Development - 3 credit hours
An overview of the developmental issues of human beings throughout the life span, from conception to death including developmental stages; basic theories, concepts, and principles of development; influences on development; and cultural understanding of development. Prerequisite: PSYC 1003.

3153 - Abnormal Psychology - 3 credit hours
Study of the origins, development, and treatment of abnormal, maladaptive, or deviant behavior in society, the etiology and diagnosis of abnormal behavior, and an overview of treatment methods. DSM-IV-TR is utilized to introduce the student to clinical diagnosis. Recommended: HS 2103.

3233 - Case Management, Intake and Referral - 3 credit hours
Designed to build the student's skills for client interview, coordination of client services, collaboration, consultation, service/treatment planning, and required documentation. Recommended: HS 2103.

3303 - Adolescent Psychology - 3 credit hours
The study of developmental processes, behavior, and cognition of children during adolescence. Also listed as EDUC 3303. Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and junior standing or permission of instructor.

3403 - Family Communication - 3 credit hours
An introduction to communication phenomena in the family setting. Designed to help students understand how, through communication, family relationships are developed, maintained, enhanced, or disturbed. Students will learn verbal and nonverbal skills which help promote healthy family communication. Also listed as COMM 3403.

3503 - Human Services Practicum I - 3 credit hours 
Requires 120 clock-hours of observation designed to offer opportunities for shadowing and observation in human services environments. Prerequisite: Enrolled in the Human Services and Counseling program of study.

3801 - Personal Insight Development - 1-3 credit hours
Designed to facilitate and assist students in gaining personal insight of self. Experiential focus is on ways to become healthier emotionally and physically. Prerequisite: HS 2103.

3893 - Cultural Diversity: Working with Latino and Hispanics - 3 credit hours
An introduction to cultural diversity issues among Spanish-speaking individuals in the United States as they relate to Human Services and Counseling provision. Topics will include a conversational introduction to basic Spanish, demographic and socio-cultural variables, the acculturation process, clinical issues, educational considerations, and practical cultural competencies.

4003 - Research Methods and Statistics - 3 credit hours
Introductory course work in elementary research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data and statistics and preparation of research. MATH 2203, Introduction to Statistics, is recommended preparation. Recommended: HS 2103.

4013 - Gender Studies - 3 credit hours
Introduction to gendered relationships and communication in contemporary American society, the course provides an exploration of communication in families and in society. Additionally, the course defines the function of interpersonal communication in the creation and perpetuation of gender roles. The influence of gender enactment on success, satisfaction, self-esteem, and the counseling profession is also explored. Self-awareness exercises, which stress the application of theory and research, provide the opportunity for personal growth and development.

4053 - Therapeutic Play for Parents and Child Professionals - 3 credit hours
This experiential course presents ways to build positive relationships with children and communicate more effectively with them, particularly through play. Students will learn to understand children's emotional needs, nurture their self-esteem, foster their responsibility and cooperation, provide encouragement, and use positive methods of discipline. Students must have access to a child between the ages of 3 and 8 for required play sessions. Both parents and non-parents are welcome in the course.

4153 - Introduction to Counseling Techniques - 3 credit hours
Focuses on the examination, evaluation, and application of contemporary counseling techniques. An experiential framework allows the development of differential therapeutic skills and direct experience with techniques inherent in a variety of counseling models. Recommended: HS 2103 and 3203.

4233 - Child and Adolescent Interventions - 3 credit hours
Overview of various problematic issues and behaviors specific to children and adolescents. Provides ways to prevent, assess, and treat these problems. Theoretical foundations, ethical concerns, and developmental issues and norms will also be reviewed as they are applied to children and adolescents. Recommended: HS 2103.

4243 - Creative Counseling - 3 credit hours
Designed to enhance the knowledge of the creative approaches to counseling. Various modalities are studied through a theoretical and experiential framework. Theoretical approaches such as art, music, imagery and bibliotherapy are explored. Recommended: HS 2103.

4253 - Ethics and Multicultural Diversity - 3 credit hours
Examines ethical, professional, and multi-cultural issues/dilemmas within the discipline. Particular emphasis is given to codes of ethics and the parameters of acceptable professional conduct. Human diversity is also a major focus. Recommended: HS 2103.

4263 - Crisis Intervention - 3 credit hours
Enhances understanding of theory and intervention into the lives of individuals in crisis. Case management and risk analysis are areas of focus. Also listed as RELI 4263. Recommended: HS 2103.

4283 - Personal Growth and Development - 3 credit hours
Facilitates the personal growth, self-realization, and self-actualization of class participants. The experiential focus is intended to assist students in the development of greater insight into the self, promotion of personal openness, and exploration of individual ego boundaries. Recommended: HS 2103.

4293 - Assessment in the Helping Professions - 3 credit hours
Introduces the basic principles, instruments, and test interpretation in the area of career, personality, and mental health assessment.  Recommended: HS 2103.

4343 - Substance Abuse - 3 credit hours
Facilitates understanding of major theories of addiction and evaluation of  psychological, social, and physiological signs and symptoms of alcohol and other drug use, abuse, and/or dependence associated with addiction. Recommended: HS 2103.

4353 - Gerontological Interventions - 3 credit hours
Enhances student's knowledge of the theory, sociological variables, and treatment interventions associated with aging. Recommended: HS 2103.

4373 - Rural Mental Health Issues - 3 credit hours
Examines idiosyncratic issues involved in service provision to mental health populations within a rural environment. Recommended: HS 2103.

4383 - Modern Social Problems - 3 credit hours
Explores modern social dilemmas and investigates their impact upon society. Recommended: HS 2103.

4393 - Psychology of Religion - 3 credit hours
Presents psychological, philosophical, and theoretical factors associated with religious practice. Also listed as PSYC 4393 and RELI 4393. Recommended: HS 2103.

4893 - Mental Health Administration - 3 credit hours
Introduction to knowledge, theory, and skills relating to planning, evaluating, and managing programs. The course will also address the influence of social, political, and community structure on advocacy and social change. Recommended: HS 2103.

4943 - Human Services Practicum II - 3 credit hours
A 120 clock-hour experience designed to offer Human Service students the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge from human service's course work while practicing skills in a helping profession environment designed to enhance personal career goals. Prerequisite: Engaged in last year of course work or permission by practicum instructor.

4953 - Human Services Practicum III - 3 credit hours
A 120 clock-hour field experience that offers Human Service students the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge from human service's course work while practicing skills in a helping profession environment designed to enhance personal career goals.  Expectations for Practicum III, beyond the 120 clock-hour field experience the Human Services Comprehensive Exam, and job search preparation. Prerequisite: Engaged in last year of coursework or permission by practicum instructor.

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