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In this course, students will learn the historical roots of human services and the creation of the human services profession. An investigation of current and historical legislation and how legislation is influenced by public and private attitudes provides a foundational understanding of basic human services ideology. A deep exploration of economic and governance systems affecting service delivery serves to develop essential skills for understanding and interpreting historical dynamics related to advocacy and social change initiatives in human services. Analysis of historical data and exposure to the range of political perspectives facilitates a general introduction and integration to the overall experience of the human service worker’s investment in the multidimensional field. Students will complete Module 1 of the MHF training. (3 credits).
Identify the four themes of human services.
Identify professional disciplines that influence human services.
Explain how societal viewpoints have influenced human services over the past three centuries.
Compare human service delivery models.
Describe why professionals choose to enter the helping field.
Identify the characteristics that human service professionals typically possess.
Identify the various types and roles of human service professionals.
Identify the range of problems facing human services clients.
Describe the stages of the helping process.
Explain how human service professionals engage clients and the community in the helping process.
Explain how client personal history and perceptions influence access and engagement of services.
Describe the role of collaboration in human services.
Explain how collaboration in human services promotes social, political, and economic change.
Summarize the role legislative policies have on human services code of ethics.
Describe how to use the ethical decision-making model as a human service professional.
Explain how human service delivery settings are influenced by evolving client needs.
Explain how client services are changing due to trends in technology.
Relate economic and political events to current trends in the human services field.