bshs302 | undergraduate

Introduction To Human Services

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This course provides a broad overview of the human services discipline using practice settings and social problems as lenses so that the role and function of the human service provider, as well as the clients with whom they work can be understood in context. The course begins with a brief overview of what a human service provider is, and what services these professionals provide. A history of social welfare is provided so that students can gain a historical perspective of how poor and marginalized populations have been cared for in the United States.  Generalist practice skills and intervention strategies are introduced generally, but a more in-depth exploration of intervention strategies are discussed in later chapters as they apply to particular social problems and practice settings.  The course concludes with an exploration of macro practice where change is affected on a broader scale, both domestically and abroad.  Students should leave this class having a good idea of what a human service worker is, what they do, who they work with, as well as the gaining a deeper understanding of the mission, values and goals embraced by the human service profession.  Students will gain knowledge of skills needed to do critical thinking, make oral presentations, function in learning teams, conduct research, and write academic papers in the format of The Publication Manual for the American Psychological Association. Students will be introduced to the university library and learn how to access its resources successfully.

This undergraduate-level course is 5 weeks This course is available to take individually or 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

    • Explore the history and current practice issues encountered by human service workers in adolescent services.
    • Examine multicultural considerations from both historical and contemporary perspectives related to providing services for child, adolescent, and elderly populations (Week 3) in need.
    • Explore the history and current practice issues encountered by human service workers in child and family services.

    Adult Learning Skills

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

    Presentation Skills

    • Examine strategies for team presentations.

    History, Role, and Function of Human Services

    • Explore the theoretical frameworks used in the human services field.
    • 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.
    • Develop intervention skills utilized in human service practice.
    • Examine the purpose and role of ethical standards in the human services.
    • Analyze the history and evolution of the human services discipline rooted in feudalism and English Poor laws.
    • 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 for Clients Across the Lifespan

    • Demonstrate an understanding of standard library research.
    • Explore the history and current practice issues encountered by human service workers in elderly services.
    • Identify the common social issues encountered in the human services discipline, such as mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and violence, and explore the interplay between each.
    • Examine the function and role of human service workers in medical settings and hospice, including exploring the holistic nature of end of life care.

    Critical Thinking

    • Identify critical thinking skills.
    • Explain the concept of plagiarism and how to avoid it.

    Macro Practice in the Human Services

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

    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

    • Explore the function and role of human service workers in school settings.
    • Examine the function and role of human service workers in community-based agencies.

    Written Communication Skills

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

    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 standard library research for the Human Services field.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the Internet and the University of Phoenix Library Online Collection.
    • Explain the concept of plagiarism and how to avoid it.
    • Apply organizational skills to the research process.
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