Human Services (HMSV)

HMSV 500  Human Services and the Helping Process   (4 Credits)  

This course provides an introduction to the helping process in the context of a human service agency. There are two essential components to this course. The first examines the economic, social and political forces which have shaped the development of human service organizations and their status today. It reviews the issues and obstacles involved in providing quality service to various populations in our society. The second major emphasis offers students the opportunity to review the basic elements of the helping process. Students examine the development of a professional working relationship with clients. They also learn what the process of helping includes. Attention is paid to the influence of personal experiences and values on prospective workers in the helping professions.

HMSV 501  Case Management  (4 Credits)  

This course examines the theories, roles, and functions of case management. Students study and practice examples of case management to include the professional skills necessary to be a successful case manager. The course explores case management issues with special populations and includes a discussion of the importance of ethics and the essential elements of case-note documentation along with challenges and legal issues that case managers are faced with in organizations. Prerequisite(s): HMSV 500 (BEHS502) AND PSY501 or SOC501.

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  1. Differentiate between case management protocols in at least two service provider organizations.
  2. Articulate clear documentation of an agency case observation according to agency guidelines.
  3. Articulate the theories, roles, and functions of case management.
  4. Identify and articulate the unique case management issues that come into play while working with special populations.
  5. Recognize and strategize the signs of burn-out and the importance of self-care within the case management profession.
  6. Discuss the legal issues, liabilities, and challenges within the case management profession.

HMSV 540  Field Based Practicum in Human Services   (4 Credits)  

This field-based practicum is an entry-level field experience designed to assist Human Services majors in exploring career and vocational settings in which they can use and apply their knowledge and skills. The practicum is exploratory in nature, involves extensive student initiative in designing and implementing the practicum, and is conducted under the supervision of the practicum mentor. A supplementary objective of the practicum is to explore and assess possibilities for settings and situations in which the student may engage in an upper level Human Services Internship. NOTE: Registration for this course, a field-based experience, is by permission of the Office of Academic Affairs. Early registration deadlines may apply.

Prerequisite(s): HMSV501 Case Management

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  1. Identify and explain the connections between on-going academic training and the site-specific work environment.
  2. State how the site-specific human services organization is structured, funded, and managed.
  3. Articulate knowledge of career expectations, realities, and opportunities within the site-specific human services organization including range of salary, benefits, and other compensation.
  4. Demonstrate effective use of workplace engagement strategies including, but not limited to, taking initiative to network, conducting interviews and being interviewed, and/or promoting one’s capabilities and assets in the field setting.
  5. Describe and assess personal career aspirations in the Human Services field including locating and critiquing a potential internship site.
  6. Display professionalism and standards of ethics, including, but not limited to, adherence to any and all work site policies and use of responsible quotation and citation practices based on impeccable documentation in all communications.

HMSV 541  Project-Based Practicum in Human Services   (4 Credits)  

This project-based practicum is an entry-level experience designed to assist Human Services majors in exploring career and vocational settings in which they can use and apply their knowledge and skills. The practicum is exploratory in nature, involves extensive student initiative in designing and implementing the practicum, and is conducted under the supervision of the practicum mentor. A supplementary objective of the practicum is to explore and assess possibilities for settings and situations in which the student may engage in an upper level Human Services Internship. NOTE: Students must follow Granite State College policy that all research activities which involve human participants, regardless of the level of risk foreseen, require review and written approval by the College's Institutional Review Board prior to the initiation of the activity.

Prerequisite(s): HMSV 501 Case Management

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  1. Identify and explain the connections between on-going academic training and several possible work environments.
  2. Compare and contrast how human services organizations are structured, funded, and managed.
  3. Differentiate knowledge of career expectations, realities, and opportunities within human services organizations including range of salary, benefits, and other compensation.
  4. Demonstrate effective use of workplace engagement strategies including taking initiative to network, conducting interviews and being interviewed, and/or promoting one’s capabilities and assets in the field setting.
  5. Describe and assess personal career aspirations in the Human Services field including locating and critiquing a potential internship site.
  6. Display professionalism and standards of ethics including use of responsible quotation and citation practices based on impeccable documentation in all communications.

HMSV 650  Integrative: Project in Human Services  (4 Credits)  

This project-based integrative capstone course in Human Services focuses on the concepts and techniques of successful Human Services practitioners. Students integrate the knowledge and skills gained from other courses in the Human Services program and demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge to new subject matter and practical situations. Students develop and implement a project within their chosen concentration (professional interest) that includes an applied research project, a written rationale, and synthesis of theory and practice. NOTE: Students must follow Granite State College policy that all research activities which involve human participants, regardless of the level of risk foreseen, require review and written approval by the College's Institutional Review Board prior to the initiation of the activity.

Prerequisite(s): CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking, IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, and all major requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed. NOTE: Students who were admitted to the college before Fall 2019 and have remained active in their original catalog year are not required to take IDIS 601.

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  1. Identify and use research and resources in Human Services to develop a project that integrates prior learning and experience with personal and professional goals.
  2. Analyze the project by articulating connections between current theory and practice in Human Services.
  3. Synthesize findings in reflective written reports and oral presentations.
  4. Demonstrate critical analysis of sources.
  5. Employ responsible quotation and citation practices based on impeccable documentation in both written and oral communications.
  6. Integrate and apply the fundamental rights, ethical principles, and overarching policies that guide Human Services practitioners.

HMSV 651  Integrative: Internship in Human Services  (4 Credits)  

This capstone course is a field-based internship designed to develop and hone the practical application skills of a Human Services major. The course requires students to integrate the knowledge and skills gained from other courses in the program and to demonstrate the ability to apply their knowledge to practical situations. Students apply for an internship at a self-selected site and negotiate the terms of the internship experience with a site supervisor under the general auspices of their Granite State College mentor. The internship requires documented evidence of 80 hours of supervised experience and practice in a field setting where behavioral science-related knowledge and skills are applied. NOTE: Registration for this course, a field-based experience, is by permission of the Office of Academic Affairs. Early registration deadlines will apply.

Prerequisite(s): CRIT 602 Advanced Critical Analysis and Strategic Thinking, IDIS 601 Interdisciplinary Seminar, and all major requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in this course. Academic Advisor approval is required for registration to be processed. NOTE: Students who were admitted to the college before Fall 2019 and have remained active in their original catalog year are not required to take IDIS 601.