Required Courses

The required CASAC-approved courses listed below are offered on a rotating yearly basis. Below is the course offerings schedule and the section that each course fulfills. Contact the Center for Career and Extended Learning to register.
2014-15 Academic Year

August 26 – December 12, 2014
HS 110 Introduction to Human Services (3 credits)
The primary goal of the course is to introduce the student to the broad scope of human services. Students examine the evolution of the profession of human services. Major fields of practice are identified, such as social services for children and youth, rehabilitation services for people who are physically and/or mentally challenged, social welfare services for people who are impoverished, and other disadvantaged groups. Emphasis is placed on the students understanding the common core of knowledge, values, and skills for all human service professionals. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 2)

HS 344 Intervention Strategies for Alcohol and Substance Abuse (3 credits)
The main goal of this course is to explore human service intervention strategies for alcohol and substance abuse. These strategies include: rehabilitation programs, inpatient and outpatient clinics, case management, group and family therapy, support/ education groups, community planning, and advocacy. The process of assessment and specific interventions required for this population will be defined and discussed. The importance of recording skills and accurate documentation will also be examined. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 3)​

HU 465 Ethical Issues in Organizations (3 credits)
Students examine social, political, legal and ethical issues confronting modern professional and commercial organizations. The course focuses in particular on the relationships of organizations to the internal, external, local, national and international environments in which they operate. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 4)​

December 15, 2014 – January 18, 2015
HS 341 Counseling Theories (3 credits)
This course concentrates on the history of counseling, divergent counseling theories, and some of the applied psychotherapies, such as Gestalt, Rational/Emotive, Transactional Analysis, and Client Centered. This course will discuss how different counseling theories and techniques impact both the clients and the counselors. Cross-cultural issues in counseling will be examined. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 2)​

January 21 – May 8, 2015
HS 134 Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse (3 credits)
This course introduces students to the issues related to alcohol and substance abuse, including the role of the professional. It will provide the knowledge base regarding the models and theories of addictions and other chemical abuse. Treatment approaches will be introduced and reviewed, and current trends in elderly, minority groups and veterans, will be presented. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 1)​

HS 240 Introduction to Counseling (3 credits)
The primary objective of the course is to introduce students to the basic skills required in a counseling relationship. Students learn how to listen and respond effectively to those seeking help with problems. This course provides opportunities to learn how to (1) explore and clarify problem situations; (2) reach new perspectives and understandings of problem situations, and set goals based on new perspectives; and (3) develop and implement strategies to reach set goals. Both theoretical and experiential learning opportunities are provided. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 2)​

HS 431 Rehabilitation Services (3 credits)
This course examines specific techniques in the rehabilitation process. Emphasis is placed on contemporary modalities of rehabilitation as they relate to community mental health and alcohol and substance abuse programs. Assessment, treatment, and prevention techniques will be examined. Students will be able to identify how people with mental disabilities and alcohol and substance abuse issues are restored to their fullest psychological, social, and vocational capabilities. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 2)​

Summer Session I
May 20 – July 1, 2015
HS 331 Group Dynamics (3 credits)
Group Dynamics examines group processes, group development, group goals and tasks, group leadership styles, roles of group members, and the concept of teamwork. Students will learn about group dynamics by participating in groups during classroom activities, and this experiential component will supplement the major theories of group development. Students will discover how group work is practiced in a variety of settings, such as mental health, self-help organizations, health care, rehabilitation, recreation, and corrections. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 2)​

HS 384 Alcohol and Substance Abuse Internship (3 credits)
Students work as interns in alcohol and substance abuse settings such as inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation programs, community residences, state and county programs and counseling centers. Students’ previous experience and their academic preparation determine internship placement. The internship allows students to use a variety of interventions such as individual and group therapy, family work, and community planning to meet the needs of the clients. A weekly seminar that integrates academic concepts with professional application and practice accompanies the internship. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 3)​

Summer Session II
July 6 – August 13, 2015
SB 265 Alcohol and Other Drugs in Modern Society (3 credits)
This course assists students in understanding the role and impact of alcohol and other drugs in today’s society. Topics included are historical and societal trends, political and economic issues of treatment, the nature of addictions, their effects on the family, and prevention and intervention methods. (Fulfills 45 hours in Section 1)​

HS 345 Counseling Families in Crisis (3 credits)
This course will focus on an examination of the dynamics of family interactions from a crisis perspective. Students will explore crises affecting the contemporary family, patterns of coping, and strategies and techniques appropriate for dealing with these crises. Students will learn assessment procedures and a variety of approaches through case studies and role-playing. ​(Fulfills 45 hours in Section 2)