Human Services and Counseling
2103 - Introduction to Human Services -
3 credit hours
Orientation course focusing on the development of the human
services profession in society. Includes guest speakers from
various human services agencies and the application process to the
Human Services & Counseling program. Recommended: PSYC
2203 - Marriage and Family - 3 credit
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.
3103 - Life Span Development - 3 credit
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. Also listed as PSYC 3103. Prerequisite: PSYC
3153 - Abnormal Psychology - 3 credit
This course studies 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.
3203 - Introduction to Counseling Theory
- 3 credit hours
Designed to provide an overview of theories significant to the
practice of counseling. Attention given to notable individuals,
theoretical principles, practical techniques, and professional
issues as they relate to the field of counseling.
Recommended: HS 2103.
3233 - Case Management, Intake and
Referral - 3 credit hours
An introductory course 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
The study of developmental processes, behavior, and cognition of
children during adolescence. Also listed as EDUC 3303 and PSYC
3303. Prerequisites: PSYC 1003 and junior standing or
permission of instructor.
3403 - Family Communication - 3 credit
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
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
sociocultural variables, the acculturation process, clinical
issues, educational considerations and practical cultural
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
Designed as an 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
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.
4103 - Principles and Techniques of
Group Counseling - 3 credit hours
Principles and Techniques is designed as an overview of group
counseling. Focus on group stages and process including an
introduction to group work; evolution and historical perspective of
group work; guidelines for multicultural practice; ethical and
professional issues; group leadership; and pre-group and post-group
procedures. Inter/intrapersonal experiential elements are utilized
to demonstrate group counseling process to acquaint students
experientially with the therapeutic group process, group
involvement, and several classic group leadership interventions.
Recommended: HS 2103.
4153 - Introduction to Counseling
Techniques - 3 credit hours
The focus of this course is 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
Presents an 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
4243 - Creative Counseling - 3 credit
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
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
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
4283 - Personal Growth and Development -
3 credit hours
Designed to facilitate 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
This course is designed to facilitate 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
Designed to enhance student's knowledge of the theory,
sociological variables, and treatment interventions associated with
aging. Recommended: HS 2103.
4373 - Rural Mental Health Issues - 3
Idiosyncratic issues involved in service provision to mental
health populations within a rural environment. Recommended: HS
4383 - Modern Social Problems - 3 credit
Explores modern social dilemmas and investigates their impact upon
society. Recommended: HS 2103.
4393 - Psychology of Religion - 3 credit
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
This course is designed as an 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.
4933 - Human Services Practicum I - 3
Practicum I is a 120 clock-hour field experience designed to offer
opportunities for participation in human services environments.
Practicum sites are chosen, by the student, in accordance with
specific career goals. Students benefit from a structured,
professionally supervised practicum. Practicum provides current
social, cultural, political and economic realities to the
educational experience while providing a practice for future
endeavors. Practicum I includes training in HIV/STDs (2 hours as
state CADC mandated), intimate partner violence, and a case study
and treatment component. Practicum I begins the process and passage
from student to helper. Prerequisite: Engaged in last year of
coursework or permission by practicum instructor.
4943 - Human Services Practicum II - 3
Practicum II is 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. Practicum II expectations include a political advocacy
project at a community, state or national level. Finally, a grant
writing project is required including cover letter, a needs
assessment, mission statement, project research, annual budget
expenses and evaluation procedures. Prerequisite: Engaged in last
year of coursework or permission by practicum instructor.
4953 - Human Services Practicum III - 3
Expectations for Practicum III, beyond the 120 clock-hour field
experience includes: review for the Human Services Comprehensive
Exam, a Mock Employment Interview, a Personal Evaluation and Growth
Project Exit portion included in the Career Portfolio. Practicum
III Portfolio and Career Portfolio are separate projects to be
represented in two portfolios. Prerequisite: Engaged in last year
of coursework or permission by practicum instructor.