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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.

Human Services CSHSE Standards:

  • Demonstrate the major models used to conceptualize and integrate prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation, and healthy functioning.
  • The major models used to conceptualize and integrate prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation, and healthy functioning.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of:

a. The historical roots of human services.

b. The creation of the human services profession.

c. Historical and current legislation affecting services delivery.

d. How public and private attitudes influence legislation and the interpretation of policies related to human services.

  • Discuss the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services
  • Discuss the range and characteristics of human services delivery systems and organizations.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of:

a. Conscious use of self.

b. Clarification of personal and professional values.

c. Awareness of diversity.

d. Strategies for self-care.

e.Reflection on professional self

  • Demonstrate the knowledge of professional values and standards:

a. The least intrusive intervention in the least restrictive environment.

b. Client self-determination.

c.Confidentiality of information.

d. The worth and uniqueness of the individual including culture, ethnicity, race, class, gender, religion, ability, sexual orientation, and other expressions of diversity.

e. Belief that individuals, services systems, and society can change.

f. Interdisciplinary team approaches to problem solving.

g. Appropriate professional boundaries.

h. Integration of the ethical standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education


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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