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Human Service Associate (HSRV)



103 Group Process
3 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory a week. Fee: $65.00. Learning Harbor Fee: $20.00. Criminal Background Check Fee: $39.00.

Students practice skills needed to lead task, education, growth, support, and therapeutic groups and also complete a team-based advocacy project with clients at a local agency. An experiential lab focuses on personal goal setting, group dynamics, stages of group development, and basic group work skills. Self-awareness regarding interpersonal style and communication patterns is developed and mind/body skills applied to personal renewal and professional practice.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Sociology 104 and approval of Human Service Admissions Committee.

123 Introduction to Counseling and Interviewing
3 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory a week. Fee: $55.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Students are introduced to basic counseling, case management, ethical decision-making, and cultural competency skills. Role plays and case study application are used to practice the active listening skills, genuineness, empathy, and unconditional positive required for building a therapeutic relationship. Self-reflection on professional practice is used to enhance personal development.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Sociology 104 and approval of Human Service Admissions Committee.

170 Helping Techniques I
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory a week. Fee: $65.00.

Students are introduced to therapeutic approaches used in the helping field are introduced including Adlerian Therapy, Person Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Reality Therapy, Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive-Behavior. Laboratory sessions focus on developing skills in Solution Focused therapy, case management practice, and ethical decision-making.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Human Service 103 and 123.

190 Human Service Practicum I
4 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Two hours lecture and minimum ten hours field work a week. Fee: $55.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Students complete a semester of fieldwork at one placement site supervised by the cooperating agency, institution, or school. Skills in objective observation, case recording, behavior management, mind/body health, and civic engagement are applied to client issues encountered at the assigned field placement. Professional practice in the workforce and effective use of supervision are introduced.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Human Service 103 and 123.

201 Helping Techniques II
3 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two hours lecture and two hours laboratory a week. Fee: $65.00.

Students practice advanced helping techniques including Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Motivational Interviewing, Addiction Counselor competencies and the twelve core functions of addictions counseling, and Mindfulness practice. Case Management skills in resource coordination and advanced ethical decision-making skills are acquired.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Human Service 170 and 190.

207 Human Service Practicum II
5 credit hours

Offered fall semester. Two hours lecture and minimum twelve hours field work a week. Fee: $55.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Students practice skills in basic crisis intervention with specific emphasis on the application of mind/body skills and brain science to crisis situations. Basic concepts in trauma informed care are introduced. Knowledge of specific service populations (battered women, suicide victims, bereaved individuals, victims of sexual assault and others) is acquired. Case management skills in assessment, documentation, and service planning are applied to a case study and to client record keeping and political action strategies for social change are examined. In preparation for graduation, future career directions that build on the human service degree are explored. Students complete a semester of fieldwork at one placement site supervised by the cooperating agency, institution, or school.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Human Service 170 and 190.

210 Human Service Practicum III
5 credit hours

Offered spring semester. Two hours lecture, two hours small group laboratory and ten hours practicum a week. Fee: $55.00. Nurse Managed Wellness Clinic Fee: $25.00.

Working in groups, students complete a capstone project on a social and political action issue which demonstrates competencies acquired in group work, nonviolent communication, leadership, civic engagement, workforce wellness, advocacy, and oral/written communication. Students learn and practice skills in program planning and community organization as well as complete a career-planning unit in preparation for employment. Students complete a semester of fieldwork at one placement site supervised by the cooperating agency, institution, or school.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Human Service 201 and 207.

230 Human Service Clinical Skills Capstone
3 credit hours

Offered spring semester.

This is the Capstone Clinical course for the Human Service Program. Application of knowledge in mind/body medicine and health psychology to human service practice skills acquired over the previous three semesters is demonstrated within a group work model where advanced skills in group counseling are practiced. Experiential learning, lecture, and a Clinical Capstone Case Study are the primary teaching learning approaches.

Prerequisite: Human Service 201 and 207.

297 Addictions Internship for Licensure
1-6 credit hours

This course provides an agency internship in addictions counseling and service delivery for individuals who are preparing for the Maryland State Addictions Board Licensing examination. Students will be assigned to one addictions program/agency for the entire semester. Participation in fieldwork will be supervised by the instructor of the course and the cooperating agency, institution, or school. May be repeated for up to six credits.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Enrollment in or completion of an approved Maryland Addictions Licensing Board Associates or Bachelor’s Degree program and written approval of an addictions services employer who is willing to provide a field placement and supervision for the student. Instructor consent required.

298 Special Topics in Human Service
1-4 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters.

This course is designed to address a range of topics and emerging areas of evidence-based best practices in the field of human service. The format and credits offered vary depending on the course content.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.

Prerequisite: Instructor consent required.

299 Independent Study
1-4 credit hours

Offered fall and spring semesters.

This course is designed to allow students in the Clinical Phase of the Human Service Program the opportunity to pursue advanced study or research on topics of individual interest related to the helping professions. Approval by the Human Service Program Coordinator to pursue Independent Study Program is required. This course may be repeated for credit (up to a maximum of 8 credits), based upon approval of the Human Service Coordinator.

In order to successfully pass this course, student must achieve a grade of "C" or better.