Human Services and Counseling

Course Descriptions

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.


HS 2203  Marriage & 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.


HS 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.


HS 3003 - Human Services Foundations & Issues – 3 credit hours

Focuses on foundations for human services, APA writing, and issues from the human service field.


HS 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.”


HS 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.


HS 3113 – Principles & 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.

HS 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. The Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is utilized to introduce the student to clinical diagnosis. Recommended: HS 2103.


HS 3233 – Case Management, Intake & 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.


HS 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: Enrollment in the human services & counseling program of study.


HS 3801-03 – 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.


HS 3893 – Cultural Diversity: Working with Latino & 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.


HS 4003 – Research Methods – 3 credit hours

Introductory coursework in elementary research design, data collection, analysis and interpretation of data and statistics. Recommended: HS 2103.


HS 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.


HS 4053 – Therapeutic Play for Parents & 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 three and eight for required play sessions. Both parents and non-parents are welcome in the course.


HS 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. Prerequisite: HS 2903.


HS 4233 – Child & 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.


HS 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.


HS 4253 – Ethics & 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.


HS 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. Recommended: HS 2103.


HS 4283 – Personal Growth & 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.


HS 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.


HS 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.


HS 4353 – Gerontological Interventions – 3 credit hours

Enhances student’s knowledge of the theory, sociological variables, and treatment interventions associated with aging. Recommended: HS 2103.


HS 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.


HS 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.


HS 4943 – Human Services Practicum II – 3 credit hours

A 120 clock-hour experience designed to offer human services & counseling students the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge from human services coursework while practicing skills in a helping profession environment designed to enhance personal career goals. Prerequisite: Engaged in last year of coursework or practicum instructor’s permission.


HS 4953 – Human Services Practicum III – 3 credit hours

A 120 clock-hour field experience that offers human services & counseling students the opportunity to apply acquired knowledge from human services coursework 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, include the Human Services Comprehensive Exam and job search preparation. Prerequisite: Engaged in last year of coursework or practicum instructor’s permission.