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Introduction To Human Services

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This course is designed to give adult learners an overview of expectations for academic success in the Bachelor of Science in Human Services program. The course examines learning theory and the application of adult learning principles. Students will gain knowledge of skills needed to do critical thinking, make oral presentations, function in learning teams, conduct research, and write academic papers. Students will be introduced to the university library and learn how to access its resources successfully. An introduction to the human services profession will be accomplished by studying roles and responsibilities of human services workers.

This is 5 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 5 weeks

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    The Range and Nature of Services for Clients across the Lifespan

    • Examine multicultural considerations related to providing services for child, adolescent, and elderly populations in need from both historical and contemporary perspectives.
    • Explore the history and current practice issues encountered by human service workers in child and family services.
    • Explore the history and current practice issues encountered by human service workers in adolescent services.
    • Explore the history and current practice issues encountered by human service workers in elderly services.

    Adult Learning Skills

    • Analyze and identify personal learning styles.
    • Recognize the relationship between learning styles and successful learning outcomes.

    History, Role, and Function of Human Services

    • Develop intervention skills utilized in human service practice.
    • Develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of generalist provider perspective.
    • Explore the role and function of the human services worker within the context of common practice settings.
    • Explore the theoretical frameworks used in the human services field.
    • Analyze the history and evolution of the human services discipline rooted in feudalism and English Poor laws.
    • Examine the purpose and role of ethical standards in the human services.
    • Examine the role of early social welfare reformers and their impact on affecting change in the way that vulnerable populations are perceived and assisted.
    • Describe the impact of the Great Depression and post-Depression legislation and policy changes on the human services discipline.

    Research Skills and Written Communication Skills

    • Use online search techniques.
    • Practice writing mechanics.

    The Range and Nature of Services with Common Social Problems

    • Identify the common social issues encountered in the human services discipline, including mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence, as well as the interplay between each.
    • Explore the history and current practice settings where human service workers provide services.
    • Explore the importance of cultural competence and become familiar with methods of cultural competent practice.

    Critical Thinking

    • Identify critical thinking skills.
    • Apply critical thinking skills.

    Written Communication Skills

    • Practice critical analysis of Human Services sources and references.
    • Practice writing mechanics.

    Information Utilization

    • Learn proper citation and documentation.

    Common Practice Settings

    • Examine the function and role of human service workers in community-based agencies.
    • Examine the function and role of human service workers in medical settings and hospice, including exploring the holistic nature of end-of-life care.
    • Explore the function and role of human service workers in school settings.

    Written Communication Skills

    • Practice writing mechanics.
    • Examine the benefits of peer editing.

    Macro Practice in the Human Services

    • Explore the nature and purpose of macro practice intervention.
    • Examine the role of the human service worker as an advocate for social justice.
    • Explore common goals effective macro practice techniques.
    • Explore the demographics of vulnerable populations and the social issues they face in the global community.

    Presentation Skills

    • Examine strategies for team presentations.

    Adult Learning Skill

    • Define an adult learner's role and responsibility.

    Team Skills

    • Identify methods for resolving learning team obstacles and disputes.

    Written Communication Skills and Research Skills

    • Learn proper citation and documentation.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of University of Phoenix writing resources.
    • Practice using The Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the Internet and the University of Phoenix Library Online Collection.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of standard library research for the Human Services field.
    • Explain the concept of plagiarism and how to avoid it.
    • Apply organizational skills to the research process.
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