Human Services

Courses

HMS 110    Introduction to Human Services
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to the theoretical perspectives, social, political, and economic policies, and legal and ethical issues involved in the field of Human Services. Students will learn about the variety of human service agencies and the types and delivery of various human services.

HMS 205    Lifestyle and Career Development
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers lifelong career development processes and the influences on them that lead to work values and decision-making styles, occupational choices and patterns of work adjustment, the creation of a career pattern and identity, and the integration of roles, self- and career-identity.

HMS 300    Statistics and Research Methods for Social Sciences
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides students with the statistical and methodological principles and tools that will give them a practical understanding of research design and methodologies, data collection, statistical analysis, and research interpretation.

HMS 305    Counseling Theory
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of current major approaches to counseling and psychotherapy. The varied theories regarding development of personality, psychological health, and psychological dysfunction will be presented.

HMS 315    Counseling Techniques
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers diagnosis, intervention strategies, and counseling skills. The theoretical foundations and professional skills training provided in this course should enable the student to understand clients’ problems more fully and accurately and to intervene more effectively. Prerequisite: HMS 305. (Same as PSY 315)

HMS 321    Professional, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Human Services
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the issues of professionalism, ethics, and legal issues and responsibility, especially as related to Illinois law. The course includes exploration of legal and ethical dilemmas experienced in human services.

HMS 322    Appraisal of Individuals/Psychological Testing
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the theory and principles of measurement and evaluation of psychological variables and individual differences using a variety of psychological measures. Construction, administration, and interpretation of measurements will be covered. (Same as PSY 322)

HMS 325    Substance Abuse Assessment and Intervention
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the progressive nature of substance use and its impact on the individual over the lifespan. The physiological, psychological, familial, and societal impacts of substance abuse will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in strengths-based assessment and intervention. Prerequisite: HMS 305.

HMS 330    Family Dynamics and Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
This course will focus on understanding the divergent types of family structure, the functioning of individual families, and the impact of family structure on individual development. Emphasis will be placed on current trends in strengths-based family assessment and intervention. Prerequisites: HMS 305 or consent of instructor.

HMS 335     Abuse and Neglect in the Family
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the uses and abuses of power in interpersonal relationships and families. The course focuses on the types, dynamics, and impact on family members of neglectful and abusive families, and the various agencies that can provide support and treatment for the families.

HMS 342    Psychology of Human Sexuality
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an introduction to the major issues in the psychology of human sexuality, including sexual anatomy and physiology, love, interpersonal communication, sexual behavior and reproduction, and social issues associated with human sexuality. Particular emphasis is placed on the etiology of sexual orientation, and the social experiences of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered individuals. (Same as PSY 342)

HMS 355    Case Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the knowledge and practical skills necessary to collect, organize, interpret, and report on information related to clients’ needs, functioning, and progress, to establish and monitor service plans, to broker services, and to evaluate service provision. Prerequisite: HMS 110.

HMS 360    Group Dynamics and Counseling
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an understanding of group dynamics, group processes, and the roles of group members. The theories, principles, and techniques of group intervention will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on the development and successful facilitation of groups in a counseling setting. The unique ethical considerations of group work will also be explored. Prerequisite: HMS 305 or consent of instructor.

HMS 400    Leadership and Organizational Change
Credit Hours: 3
This course covers the theories, models, and ethical practice of leadership and organizational management in the human services field. Methods and approaches to organizational change, decision making, and conflict resolution are presented.

HMS 410    Needs Assessment/Program Evaluation
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the knowledge and skills needed to conduct community needs assessments, evaluate the results, make appropriate decisions regarding new program development, and develop methods for evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

HMS 431 Victimology
Credit Hours: 3
Victimology is the “study of victims.” This course will study the historical, cultural and social aspects of victims of crime. Analyses of trends and patterns in criminal violence and victimization are undertaken in addition to discussions on strategies for prevention, remediation and intervention. Course features guest speakers who have professional or personal expertise and experience. This course is of practical use to students in the following fields: human services, psychology, social work, criminal justice, political science, pre-law, pre-med, and theology, as well as victim’s rights advocates or volunteers. (Same as CRJ 431)

HMS 440    Crisis Intervention
Credit Hours: 3
This course emphasizes the recognition of psychological crisis and the application of current crisis-intervention strategies to assure client safety, stabilization, and self-determination. Emphasis will also be placed on legal and ethical concerns in crisis work, professionalism, and the prevention of burnout. Prerequisite: HMS 315 or PSY 315.

HMS 480    Senior Practicum I
Credit Hours: 3
The practicum provides practical experience working in human service agencies. The 3-hour practicum involves 150 hours onsite and includes a minimum of 40 hours of direct client contact. These experiences provide the student with applied knowledge of individual and group counseling techniques. Prerequisites: HMS 315, 321, senior standing, and consent of instructor.

HMS 481    Senior Practicum II
Credit Hours: 3
Students may choose to do a second practicum as one of their HMS elective courses. Practicum II must be in a different area of social services from Practicum I.