SSBH 100 Introduction to Human Services (5 credits)
Distribution Area Fulfilled General Transfer Elective
A survey of social service field history, philosophy, theory, and exploration of career paths, values, education, and skills needed.
A. Overview of the human service profession
B. Human service disciplines: Psychiatry, psychology, social work, psychiatric nursing, mental health counseling, marriage & family therapy, substance abuse counseling
C. Motivations to choose human services as a career; Wounded healers, Contributions by recovering wounded healers, Positive motivations
D. Characteristics of the effective helper
E. Introduction to ethical and professional issues
F. Introduction to systems thinking
G. Overview of the history of human services and social work
H. Introduction to the use of theory in the human services
I. Overview of competency based services; Introduction to the microskills model, Multicultural competency, diversity, and pluralism.
J. Human services and the world of work; Occupational outlook, Job titles in human services, Informational interviewing. Building upon basic human service training: baccalaureate and post-graduate education.
- Explain the characteristics and motivations of the effective human services worker entering the helping fields.
- Relate historical events and individuals to the development of professional helping in the United States.
- Describe theoretical foundations and central concepts of human services that have been influential in human services (e.g., Freudian, behavioral, and humanistic)
- Demonstrate cultural humility and empathy in the helping field to effectively support clients/patients.
- Research human service career pathways in order to develop action plans to achieve career goals.
Information Competency: Graduates will be able to seek, find, evaluate and use information, and employ information technology to engage in lifelong learning.
Intercultural Engagement: Graduates demonstrate self-efficacy in intercultural engagement to advance equity, diversity, and inclusion through reflections and expressions of cultural humility, empathy, and social and civic engagement and action. Further, graduates examine how identities/positionalities such as races, social classes, genders, sexual orientations, disabilities, and cultures impact perceptions, actions, and the distribution of power and privilege in communities, systems, and institutions.
Program Outcomes: Examines self and field to identify and match appropriate strengths and weaknesses for successful/meaningful education and/or career path. Integrates an understanding of the broad spectrum of human services.
Lecture Contact Hours 50
Lab Contact Hours 0
Clinical Contact Hours 0
Total Contact Hours 50
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