Human Services (HMS)

HMS 100. Introduction to Human Services. 3 Credit Hours.

A survey course to introduce students to human and community needs and to the concepts of the helping profession. Students examine community resources, the relationship of agencies and bureaucracies to the total community, and the worker's role and responsibility in the helping profession.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 101. Human Services: Theories and Skills. 3 Credit Hours.

An overview of methodology used in the helping profession. Course will include an analysis of helping relationships, a study of interpersonal skills and practice techniques. A process-oriented approach to solving individual, family and community problems will be stressed.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 102. Human Services: Policy and Politics. 3 Credit Hours.

An analysis of the political process involved in the formulation of social welfare policies from a historical point of view. Federal, state and local programs will be examined in terms of skills and knowledge to affect program planning and delivery.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 111. Group Practice in Human Services. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will focus on the basic issues of group work in Human Services settings. The theory behind group work practice, a study of the various types of groups, ethical issues, group leadership and the process of forming and working with groups will be covered.
Prerequisites: HMS 100 recommended and Reading Proficiency.

HMS 118. Aging and Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours.

This course will focus on the aging process and the manifestations of aging in persons with congenital or acquired disabilities. Current habitation, rehabilitation programs and recent technologies will be explored. Discussions will also center on aging care providers and their concerns and needs.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 119. Introduction to the Field of Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours.

A course designed to provide an overview of issues in the field of disabilities. Discussions focus on the service delivery system and ways in which current legislation, inclusionary models, and other trends impact the lives of persons with disabilities and their care givers. Resources and careers in disabilities will be explored.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 120. Team Building: Working with Care Givers. 3 Credit Hours.

Focus is on communication, cooperation, and collaboration with care givers of persons with disabilities. Presented will be choices, decision-making, support systems, which aid persons with disabilities and their care givers with full inclusion into society.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 121. Working with Challenging Behaviors. 3 Credit Hours.

This course provides students with the learning and application of intervention skills to assist individuals with disabilities to achieve their full potential. Focus is on providing support in community settings to persons with disabilities whose behaviors pose challenges.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 122. Health Issues and Persons with Disabilities. 3 Credit Hours.

Introduction to the basic principles of the health, etiology, and prognosis of specific disabilities. First aid, CPR, medicine administration and other emergency concerns will be explored. Experiences focusing on personal care assistance, positioning, transferring, feeding, etc. for disabled will be learned.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 123. Inclusion in the Community. 3 Credit Hours.

Designed to help care givers and/or paraprofessionals prepare individuals with disabilities for maximum empowerment and self-advocacy in their respective communities. Introduction to and discussion of alternative living situations and supports needed for inclusion. Staff career competencies explored.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.

HMS 201. Workplace Learning I: Human Services. 3 Credit Hours.

This workplace-based course provides the student the opportunity to apply theory and skills learned in the classroom, learn new skills, and explore career possibilities while supervised by a professional in the field and a faculty member. Students will observe and participate in the function of the organization to enhance their preparation for entering the Human Services field. Minimum 50 hours per credit hour in the workplace throughout the term. Concurrent enrollment in HMS 203 required.
Prerequisites: HMS 100 and HMS 101 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.

HMS 202. Workplace Learning II: Human Services. 3 Credit Hours.

This workplace-based course provides the student the opportunity to apply theory and skills learned in the classroom, learn new skills, and explore career possibilities while supervised by a professional in the field and a faculty member. Students will observe and participate in the function of the organization to enhance their preparation for entering the Human Services field. Minimum 50 hours per credit hour in the workplace throughout the term. Concurrent enrollment in HMS 204 required.
Prerequisites: HMS 201 and HMS 203 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.

HMS 203. Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar I. 3 Credit Hours.

Discussion and analysis in small groups of the human services practicum experience. There will be special learning objectives related to the kind of work the student will do in an organization after completion of the program.
Corequisite: HMS 201.
Prerequisites: HMS 100 and HMS 101 with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.

HMS 204. Human Services Workplace Learning Seminar II. 3 Credit Hours.

This course builds on the learning objectives of HMS 203. These objectives will be related to the work the student will do after completion of the program.
Corequisite: HMS 202.
Prerequisites: HMS 100, HMS 101, HMS 201 and HMS 203 all with grades of "C" or better and Reading Proficiency.

HMS 205. Crisis Intervention. 3 Credit Hours.

Course designed as a beginning training unit for people who anticipate or are presently working with individuals in crisis situations such as suicide, rape, spouse abuse, death and drugs. Will focus on theory and practical application of crisis intervention techniques.
Prerequisite: Reading Proficiency.