Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies Classes

HRS111E The Helping Services

A supervised summer session study-field experience in a social service or rehabilitation agency. The course meetings focus on discussion of those human conditions which the helping services aim to alleviate or eliminate. The supervised field experience (100 hours) in the helping services enables the student to work with a multidisciplinary staff, participate in case conferences, and provide helping services to clients at the level which their current training and skills allows. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

HRS119E Introduction to Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. The information presented in this course is intended for students in ALL majors so that they may become politically, culturally, socially and humanly aware of the issues many individuals with special needs face. This course employs a social justice framework and provides students with information about the history, legislative underpinnings, mission, purpose, and services provided to individuals across the lifespan by human and rehabilitation service organizations. This course examines the major models and theories of helping that can be used to support/help individuals experiencing the myriad of developmental, environmental, economic, political, social, vocational, behavioral, physical, psychological and learning issues. Current issues and trends in human service provision are covered with specific attention to disability and other types of diversity. Ethics and ethical decision making in the human services is covered in this course. A service learning component may be integrated in this course to provide students with the opportunity to observe and volunteer in a human and/or rehabilitation service setting. This course fulfills the social science requirement in the Core Curriculum.

HRS121E Human Development and Disability Across the Lifespan
The purpose of this course is to study disability within the context of human development. Lifespan development will be studied to provide a framework for exploring the implications of specific developmental, learning, communication, sensory and physical disabilities. The psychological processes involved in adjusting to disability will be presented along with various stage theories of adjustment to disability. Specific psychological, social, environmental, and political factors impacting individuals with disabilities will be studied. Students will gain an in-depth appreciation and understanding of what it means to have a disability. Cultural sensitivity and diversity issues related to disability will also be explored. The concepts of consumer involvement, consumer rights, and consumer choice related to individuals with disabilities and service systems will be studied.

HRS200E Addiction: Etiology, Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitation

This course will provide an overview of addictions and addictive behavior. Topics such as the historical, psychological, social, societal, physiological, family and relationship aspects of addictions will be covered. The pharmacology, treatment, prevention, intervention, and rehabilitation related to substance abuse, alcohol dependence, eating disorders, gambling addictions, steroid use, etc. will also be explored. This course will introduce students to the different theories of addiction (e.g., biological, psycho-dynamic, social-learning, and socio-cultural) and the implications for successful intervention. Ethical issues related to addictions and addiction counseling will also be discussed. (Fall/Spring) Staff/Three Credits

HRS210E Medical Aspects of Disability
The goal of this course is to assist students in developing sensitivity, appreciation and understanding of disability and health impairments. The course provides information about the medical aspects and characteristics of disabling conditions along with treatments and interventions aimed at ameliorating the resulting functional limitations. Students will study chronic diseases and disabling conditions that are commonly encountered in rehabilitation service settings. In addition to emphasizing the medical aspects and characteristics, treatment and intervention strategies will be covered. Basic medical terminology will be studied. This course will focus on disease, chronic illness and physical impairments.

HRS219E Rehabilitation Strategies and Interventions
This course explores the full range of rehabilitation strategies and interventions that occur across the lifespan of individuals with disabilities. Educational and rehabilitation strategies aimed at maximizing independence for people with disabilities will be covered. Early intervention, inclusion and transition services will be examined as critical educational strategies aimed at minimizing the impact of disability and enhancing independence. The course will provide critical knowledge and skills related to employment and independent living options for people with disabilities including related legislation. Supportive strategies for assisting and maintaining individuals with disabilities in educational and employment settings will be addressed. Rehabilitation and assistive technology options will also be covered.

HRS305E Client Information and Assessment

This course is intended to provide the student anticipating a professional role in the human and rehabilitation services with an opportunity to develop awareness, understanding and skills related to the use of assessment and evaluation tools. Clients utilizing human and rehabilitation services are in need of professionals with skills in utilizing assessment results in order plan and provide appropriate interventions. This course will utilize lifespan approach to provide an overview of common assessment and evaluation tools used in a variety of human service and applied settings such as schools, early intervention programs and rehabilitation agencies. (Fall)

HRS320E Psychiatric Rehabilitation
As an introduction to psychiatric rehabilitation, this course emphasizes an understanding of lifespan development with an appreciation for the complex interaction of biological, social and psychological variables that influence human behavior. From this bio-psycho-social framework, the course will review major psychiatric and developmental disorders with attention to diagnostic and intervention strategies. This course will also address the co-occurrence of psychiatric disorders and substance use disorders in individuals. The challenging nature of treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with co-occurring disorders will be identified and covered. Educational and vocational factors as they impact the rehabilitation of individuals with psychiatric and co-occurring disorders will be discussed. Students will gain an understanding and appreciation of the personal experience of psychiatric disabilities and co-occurring disorders with a focus on recovery. This course will provide an understanding of the core principles and motives of psychiatric rehabilitation.
Prerequisites: HRS 119; HRS 121

HRS330E Interviewing Techniques in Human and Rehabilitation Services
This course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the interview process. A strong emphasis will be placed on developing skills in applying and utilizing specific interviewing skills and techniques in human and rehabilitation service settings. Students will understand the impact of diversity, culture, and individual lifestyles on the helping process. The course will assist students to apply effective interpersonal skills in interviewing and communicating with persons with disabilities, their families, related professionals, and the general public. Client choice and consumer self-direction will be emphasized in interviewing and counseling situations. Students will be taught to incorporate cultural sensitivity into daily practice and interactions with clients. Ethical principles and decision making will be covered and practiced. Prerequisites: HRS 119 (Fall) Staff/Three Credits

HRS340E Principals of Case Management
This course is designed to assist students in developing the necessary case management skills that are essential to the human and rehabilitation services fields. It will provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate client movement from initiation of services to case service termination. Students will be exposed to case management practices across human service agencies. Efficient case documenting, case recording and time management approaches will be developed along with case planning skills that recognize individual client needs. Community resource utilization, goal development, action planning, advocating, service coordination and utilization of assessment information will also be covered. This is a skill-based course that aims to teach organizational principles, practices and processes to students, thus enabling them to be effective in human and rehabilitation service delivery systems. Prerequisites: HRS 119 (Spring) Staff/Three Credits

HRS400E Individual in the Community: The Human Services
This course is a supervised 100 hour field placement experience in an approved human or rehabilitation service agency. The field placement will provide students with an opportunity to become oriented to the human and rehabilitation services by observing and participating in the provision services to client groups. As student develop the will have the opportunity to use their skills and knowledge to provide services within a highly supervised setting. This field placement enables students to work with staff representing a variety of human service fields. Students will also participate in a weekly seminar that provides group supervision, instruction, and discussion of the filed placement experience. (Fall/Spring)

HRS420E Family Aspects of Disability
This course uses a family systems approach to cover the life cycle of the family. Students will learn to develop and use a genogram to better understand the family system. The course also takes a specific focus on the complex challenges that families face when a family member has a chronic illness, severe disability or substance use disorder. The course will examine family risk factors and interventions employed to prevent and mitigate the effects associated with these factors. The course will focus on developing specialized skills and techniques for working with families in an attempt to foster family cohesion to confront challenges. This course attempts to provide students with a context and a philosophy for facilitating families as they move through time. Furthermore, the course aims to teach professionals to assist family members in becoming a positive resource and support for each other as they confront the many challenges associated with disability, chronic illness or substance use disorders. The course covers a variety of family assessment and intervention models. The course includes an analysis of relevant and critical issues to consider when working with families during the treatment, intervention, and/or rehabilitation processes. Specific attention is given to the family life cycle and the effect of risk factors, such as disability, chronic illness or substance use disorders on the family.

HRS421E Loss and Bereavement Across the Lifespan
This course will address the topics of loss, grief, bereavement, aging, and the dying process from a humanistic perspective. The course will examine the role of spirituality, culture, gender, and developmental stage in responding to loss. This course will address the role that helping professionals and fellow human beings can play in facilitating and encouraging the natural, healthy, and healing expression of emotions related to loss. In this course, students will learn that grieving evokes strong emotions and strong emotions can be overwhelming if they are not spoken in the presence of someone who can accept and no judge. Therefore, students in this course will be taught how to be present with someone experiencing strong emotions related to loss and death, how to respond to feelings shared by others experiencing grief and loss, and how to encourage others to accept and cope with strong emotions related to loss and grief. (Fall/Spring)

HRS431E Treatment Strategies and Interventions for Substance Use Disorders
This advanced course will focus on the theories, approaches, strategies and interventions currently utilized for the effective treatment of alcohol and substance use disorders. Specific attention will be paid to change theory and the importance of motivating individuals for change. Evidence-based interventions such as motivational interviewing and cognitive-behavioral techniques will be highlighted. Content covered will deepen students understanding of substance use disorders and facilitate the development of skills and competencies associated with addiction intervention strategies. A variety of individual and group treatment modalities will be covered with specific attention paid to psycho-educational strategies. This course will also introduce crisis intervention for treating clients with substance use disorders. Prerequisite HRS 200 and HRS 330

HRS490E Internship in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies
This course is a field-based, professional opportunity for students to apply the theories, strategies, interventions, and knowledge learned through the HRS coursework specific to the certificate program in alcohol and substance abuse services. Students will be applying their classroom learning in a professional human and/or rehabilitation service setting providing treatment services to individuals with substance use disorders. The internship is an intensely supervised and supported experience as students are supervised by both a faculty and an agency supervisor. There are three phases to the internship experience: orientation, observation, and performance. Students will perform all aspects of the substance abuse treatment provider’s job e.g., intake interviewing, assessment, action planning, service planning, case management and case closure. The internship is a competency driven experience and specific skills related to the direct provision of services will be evaluated.