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HUS 110 Introduction to Human Services

Course Description:  This course provides an introductory knowledge of the human services profession.  Students will be introduced to the concepts and frameworks that define the human service profession.  The historical development and legislative influences of the profession will be explored. The nature of the helping process will be addressed.  An overview of the human service delivery systems and organizations will be reviewed.  Professional values, skills, and ethics will be presented.  The range and types of populations served by human services will be discussed.  Additionally, human service professional roles, ethics, and resources will be introduced.

Social Work Competencies:

  • Describe and begin to apply generalist social work assessment models
  • Describe and begin to apply generalist social work assessment models
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept that the present social welfare system is a product of historical forces
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the history of social work as a profession and identify its values associated with social issues and social policies
  • Identify key existing social problems, especially how they relate to vulnerable
  • Identify key societal components and systems that have supported the systematic devaluation of and discrimination towards certain groups in our society
  • Identify one’s own attitudes toward social issues and demonstrate an understanding of how society has chosen to cope with social issues and problems
  • Identify how to manage personal values in a way that allows professional values to guide practice
  • Demonstrate self-awareness of who one is and why one is choosing to pursue the profession of social work
  • Demonstrate professional behavior in demeanor, behavior, appearance, communication, and roles

 

 

 
 

Case Study: Book Selection List

Albon, Mitch. (1997) Tuesdays with Morrie: An old man, a young man, a life's greatest adventure.  New York City, NY: Doubleday.  (death and dying, elderly)

Burch, Claire. (2003)  Tales of Young Urban Squatters. Oakland, CA: Regent Press.  (adolescents, homeless)

Connolly, Deborah. (2000) Homeless Mothers: Face-to-Face with Woman and Poverty. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press. (interpersonal abuse, poverty, women and children)

Ehrenreich, Barbara. (2001) Nickel and Dimed. New York, NY: Henry Holt and Company, LLC. (working poor, poverty)

Florence, Cheri. (2004)  A Maverick Mind. New York: G.P. Putman’s Sons. (disability, woman and children)

Greenberg, Michael (2008)  Hurry Down Sunshine. New York, NY: Other Press LLC ( adolescent, psychosis, family dynamics)

Hutchinson, Katy (2006) Walking After Midnight. Oakland, California: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.  (grief and loss, crime victim, restorative justice)

Pelzer, Dave (1995) A Child Called It. Dayfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc. (personal memoir of child abuse)

Potok, Andrew. (2002). A Matter of Dignity: changing the lives of the disabled. New York: Bantam Books. (disability, adults)

Robison, John Elder. (2007) Look me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s. New York, New York: Three Rivers Press. (Asperger’s syndrome, developmental disabilities)

Sapphire /Roman Lafton. (1996) Precious. New York City, New York: Vintage Contemporaries, Randomhouse. (rape, incest, teen pregnancy, poverty)

Schiller, Lori, and Amanda Bennet (1994) The Quiet Room New York City, NY: Warner Books. (schizophrenia, young adult)

Seager, Stephen. (2000) Street Crazy: America's Mental Health Tragedy. Redondo Beach, CA: Westcom Press (chronic schizophrenia, homeless)

Shapiro, Joseph (1994) No Pity: People with Disabilities Forging a New Civil Rights Movement. New York, NY: RandomHouse/Three Rivers Press.(civil rights, families and disabilities)

Sheff, David (2008) Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Addiction. New York City, NY: Houghton Mifflin Company. (addiction, family of the addicted)

Simon, Rachel. (2001) Riding the Bus With My Sister: A True Life Journey: New York: Penguin Group (mental retardation, adult)

Walls, Jeannette. (2005) The Glass Castle. New York, NY:  Scribner.  (dysfunctional family)

Zailckas, Koren (2005) Smashed. New York City, NY: Penquin Group (adolescents and alcoholism)

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