Students examine the scope, values, and principles of the human service profession. Coursework introduces the typical roles and duties of human services workers. Students assess their own motivations, attitudes, and interests. In addition to the regular classroom hours, volunteer work in a community human services agency is required. Students must complete or have on file current, valid Background Information Disclosure (BID) and Caregiver Background Check (annual Wisconsin and Minnesota) forms, as part of this course.
This course provides an introduction to interviewing and recordkeeping skills practiced in human service agencies. Students learn principles and techniques needed to conduct informational and supportive interviews including maintaining clinical records, documenting referrals, staffings, and supervision. Students practice interviewing skills during class.
This course explores the ethical, legal, and professional issues facing the human services worker. It is designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice. Students are introduced to the current state and federal statutes, regulations, and judicial decisions that govern the professional practice in human services. Standards, code of ethics, clients’ rights, and confidentiality are emphasized.
Students gain a basic understanding of the use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. Emphasis is on historical and social perspectives of drug use, trends of use, and legal and social responses to problematic alcohol and illicit drug use. Additionally, this course provides an accurate description of the effects of psychoactive drugs, identifies methods of substance abuse treatment, and introduces the student to local treatment services.
This course is an introductory course in psychopharmacology that provides practical information to workers in a human services setting. It is designed to provide an overview of the psychopharmacology of therapeutic drugs, over-the-counter medications, illicit drugs, and alcohol. Emphasis will be on the nervous system structure, brain function, site of action theory, and on comprehending the effects of substances on these systems. Interactions, withdrawal, and maternal and fetal effects and effects on persons in different stages of development will also be addressed.
This course focuses on issues related to families and family functioning relevant to the human services field. Major areas of focus will include child maltreatment, domestic violence, and addiction, with emphasis on relevant helping skills and services.
Students develop skills as human services professionals by working directly or in-directly with clients in community agencies. This experience is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and behaviors essential for human services workers in the professional setting. An agency supervisor and a faculty member facilitate this learning experience. Students must complete or have on file current, valid Background Information Disclosure (BID) and Caregiver Background Check (annual Wisconsin and Minnesota) forms, as part of this course. PREREQUISITES: 10520101 Intro to Human Services, 10520103 Ethics in Human Services, 10520104 Issues in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse, 10520106 Methods of Social Casework AND COREQUISITES: Introduction to Counseling and 10520115 Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment.
An introduction to theory and practice of group dynamics and processes are covered in this course. Knowledge areas include ethical considerations, effective group leadership, and stages of group development. Learners will record and critique practice group sessions, function as group members, and demonstrate effective group facilitation skills. COREQUISITE: 10520102 Interviewing.
Students continue their on-the-job training in a community agency. Additional hands-on experiences working with clients and agency staff provide students with the opportunity to apply and refine skills learned in coursework areas. An agency supervisor and a faculty member facilitate this learning experience. Students must complete or have on file current, valid Background Information Disclosure (BID) and Caregiver Background Check (annual Wisconsin and Minnesota) forms, as part of this course. PREREQUISITE: 10520113 Field Experience 1.
This course will gain further understanding of substance abuse and dependence, assessment and treatment interventions. Emphasis is on assessment, diagnostics, and treatment of substance use disorders. Students will also gain further understanding of levels of care, community-based sober support, referrals and family system interventions. PREREQUISITE: 10520104 Issues in Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and COREQUISITES: 10520110 Group Facilitation and 10520106 Methods of Social Casework
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