Introduction to Human Services

This course is an introduction to the historical, political and social aspects of Human Services. Topics include themes and purposes of Human Services, theoretical orientations, history and evolution of the Human Services profession, skills and intervention strategies for generalist practice, the helping process, working within a system, child and family services, mental health, substance abuse and treatment. Also covered are professional concerns including ethical standards, decision making, confidentiality, and clients' rights. Prerequisite: None / 3 credits. Satisfies a Behavioral and Social Sciences general education requirement. Offered: Fall, Spring


Intro to Alcohol and Substance

Introduction to Alcohol and Substance Abuse explores the causes and consequences of addiction as it relates to all aspects of society. This course briefly discusses the impact on the healthcare system, family system, and legal system. Historical implications and response to changes over time are reviewed. Topics regarding intervention, treatment, education, and prevention are discussed. Competencies and requirements for licensure in Massachusetts are explained. Addiction issues related to diverse populations are presented. Prerequisite: ENL020 and ENL050 or satisfactory basic skills assessment scores / 3 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring


Human Services Practicum

The course establishes learning opportunities in the field of human services. Based on National Community Support Skill Standards students are required to spend 100 clinical hours in a human services agency. In addition, students participate in a weekly class to process clinical experiences; expand skills, including sensitivity, empathy, confrontation and problem-solving. The course also addresses goal setting, case management and client assessment. CORI/SORI required. By permission of Human Services Coordinator. Prerequisite:By permission of the Human Services Coordinator. Corequisite: PSY101, HUS101, and COM103 / 4 credits. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer


Advanced Human Services Practicum

Students are required to spend 100 clinical hours in the role of a human service provider and participate in the 12 National Community Support Skill Standards in a Human Services setting throughout the semester. In addition, students participate in a weekly class to process clinical experiences with clients, services provided, and agency interaction. The advanced experience and course addresses innovative clinical situations in individual and group settings. CORI/SORI required. By permission of Human Services Coordinator. Prerequisites: By permission of Human Services Coordinator and HUS206; Co-requisites: ENL101, HUS229 & PSY208 / 4 credits. Semester Offered: Varies


Advanced Addictions Practicum

The class establishes learning opportunities in the field of addictions. Students spend 100 hours throughout the semester in a human services addictions agency to apply the knowledge, values, concepts, and skills of the addiction profession. Students participate in a weekly class to process clinical experiences and focus on skill building in treatment planning, counseling, client engagement strategies, client education, consultation with other professionals and documentation. One hundred (100) hours in a clinical setting are required. CORI/SORI required. Prerequisites: Permission of Human Services Coordinator; HUS104, HUS207, PSY208 / 4 credits. Semester Offered: Varies


Introduction to Social Welfare

This course includes an analysis of the conceptions of social work, social welfare and social service delivery systems from both historical and contemporary perspectives. This course includes critical examination of the social justice mandate as well as issues of cultural diversity that effect and inform the practice of social work. Social work is presented as a profession that integrates science, clinical awareness and human understanding in practice intervention, policy development and research. Contemporary issues and problems in various fields of social work practice are explored with particular emphasis on the role of the generalist social work practitioner. Prerequisite: PSY101 or SOC106 / 3 credits. Offered: Varies


Mental Health, Substance Abuse &

(formerly HUS102) Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Families reviews assessment, intervention, and treatment in dual diagnosis families, from a systems model. Topics include needs, concerns, and resistance in individual members and the family as a whole. Discussions revolve around the dynamics of codependency; a comparison of approaches to family recovery; treatment techniques appropriate to the different phases of family recovery; and strategies to help prevent family relapse. Prerequisite: (PSY101 or SOC106), HUS101, and HUS229 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring


Treatment Modalities

(formerly HUS106) This course introduces the most commonly used and widely accepted treatment and relapse prevention methods in the mental health and alcohol/substance abuse field. The class explores the role of the social service worker and treatment modalities utilized in the school, prison, outpatient, inpatient, and day treatment areas as they apply to the different special populations. The populations discussed include children, adults, elderly, dual diagnosis, incarcerated, and addiction.Service learning is used for experiential learning. Prerequisite: PSY101, HUS101, HUS229 / 3 credits. Offered: Spring, Fall


Social Work: Diversity, Cultural

Social work's mission is to promote social justice, and advocate for social change; be responsive around issues of cultural diversity, and actively address all forms of discrimination and oppression. This course introduces the student to the life-long learning process of 1) developing culturally competent social work/human services practice and 2) addressing issues of power and privilege. Issues related to working with diverse groups that include; ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship status, gender identity, socio-economic level, age, and faith will be explored. Emphasis will be placed on developing skills for culturally competent social work/human services work through students' self-reflection, experiential learning, and critical analysis of privilege and social inequalities. Prerequisite{s): HUS 229; ENL 102; PSY 101 (offered pending C&P approval)