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HUMSV 110: INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course provides an introduction to the field of human services, its basic principles, the roles and functions of the human services paraprofessional, ethical codes and issues, and career exploration. Students will become acquainted with human service agencies in the College district, current social issues, and characteristics of populations with whom the human services paraprofessional works.

HUMSV 111: HUMAN SERVICES APPLICATIONS I

3 hrs. (OC)

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In this course, students will become familiar with the characteristics and types of problem behavior of specific at-risk populations as well as basic skills and techniques human services paraprofessionals may use to work successfully with those clients.

HUMSV 112: HABILITATION TRAINING

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: State of Illinois background check or department approval

This course provides students with information necessary for employment in direct support roles in agencies which work with developmentally disabled adults. This training enables an individual to be placed on the Developmental Disabilities Aide portion of the Nurse Aide Registry in accordance with Section 395 of the 77 Illinois Administrative Code. The course content includes introduction to developmental disabilities, human rights, abuse and neglect, human interaction and communication, service plan development implementation, First Aid and CPR, and basic health and safety.

HUMSV 113: HABILITATION TRAINING FIELD EXPERIENCE

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in HUMSV 112 and State of Illinois background check or department approval

This course gives students who desire to provide direct support to adults with developmental disabilities the opportunity to practice what they have learned in HUMSV 112 Habilitation Training under the supervision of a qualified mentor. Successful completion of the field experience course enables students to be placed on the Developmental Disabilities Aide portion of the Nurse Aide Registry in accordance with Section 395 of the 77 Illinois Administrative Code.

HUMSV 114: INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course teaches students about the major types of developmental disabilities, including information about their incidence, casual factors, significant characteristics, treatment, and prevention.

HUMSV 120: SURVEY OF PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION

4 hrs. (OC)

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This course is an introduction to the concept and application of psychiatric rehabilitation. The course has four major themes - the understanding of psychiatric disability and current approaches to treatment; the mental health system and surrounding legal issues; psychiatric rehabilitation through vocational skills training; and family and community support systems. Under the direction of an on-site agency supervisor, students will also spend thirty-two hours in observational experiences. Observation and interactive experiences will focus on inpatient milieu and general activities, case management, vocational training, skills training, and consumer activities.

HUMSV 121: PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION SKILLS

3 hrs. (OC)

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In this course the student will learn about a rehabilitative approach to serving individuals with serious mental illness. This course has five major themes: basic interviewing and listening skills, skills training and performance, preventing and managing aggression, assessment and treatment planning, and crisis intervention.

HUMSV 122: PSYCHIATRIC REHABILITATION HEALTH SKILLS

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course examines three dimensions of wellness - physical, emotional, and environmental - involved in a rehabilitative approach to serving individuals with serious mental illness. Students will learn the fundamentals of physical wellness, including diet, nutrition, exercise, sanitation, disease prevention and control, and the special considerations necessary for persons with serious mental illness.

HUMSV 123: VOCATIONAL AND COMMUNITY LIVING SKILLS

4 hrs. (OC)

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In this course, students examine vocational rehabilitation and community living skills related to a rehabilitative approach to serving individuals with serious mental illness. The focus of the course is on developing skills for working with community, state, and federal agencies that serve mental health consumers. Under the direction of an on-site agency supervisor, students will also spend a minimum for thirty-two hours in observational experiences, the focus of which is vocational rehabilitation and case management for mental health consumers.

HUMSV 124: FAMILY SYSTEMS IN THE HUMAN SERVICES

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HUMSV 110 or department approval

This course teaches students about the types of families who seek assistance from the human services system, interventions and strategies to assist those families, and appropriate functions and roles of human services paraprofessionals in the helping process.

HUMSV 125: CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN THE HUMAN SERVICES

3 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HUMSV 110 or department approval

This course teaches students about their own culture/heritages in comparison to others with reference to behaviors, interaction, and values. Through greater understanding of self and others, students will be able to develop helping approaches that are culturally sensitive.

HUMSV 127: COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS

1 hr. (OC)

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This course teaches students about community resources for at-risk populations and how to help human services consumers access entitlement programs.

HUMSV 150: HUMAN SERVICE TOPICS

1 hr. (OC)

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In this course students will learn about the nature of specific psychosocial issues and approaches with which human services professionals and community volunteers work. Such topics could include domestic violence, depression, suicide, substance abuse, and prevention and intervention strategies.

HUMSV 151: CRISIS AND SUICIDE INTERVENTION

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is designed to prepare students to understand the nature of several psychological and social issues such as suicide, stress, mental illnesses, anxiety, substance abuse, and domestic violence. Students will also learn basic prevention and intervention strategies to deal with such issues.

HUMSV 152: CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

1 hr. (OC)

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This course will provide students with an understanding of the basic child welfare policies, practices, and programs related to children and families in Illinois. They will understand how children enter the system, what happens to children while they are in the system, and how the child will exit the child welfare system.

HUMSV 155: SOCIAL CLASS AND THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course is an examination of how social class is defined in the American culture and the role it plays in an individual's view of self and world. Students will have an understanding of how social class dynamics may impact working with individuals in the helping professions through case studies, experiential learning, and literature review.

HUMSV 200: HUMAN SERVICES APPLICATIONS II

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course introduces students to the skills and strategies essential to effective communication in paraprofessional positions. Students will gain practical experience using effective interaction techniques with at-risk populations and documentation skills needed in human services settings.

HUMSV 212: UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA

3 hrs. (OC)

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In this course, students will learn about the types and characteristics of dementia, the relationship of dementia to other mental health disorders in older persons, care giving issues and concerns, and the roles of human services paraprofessionals working with older persons who are experiencing dementia and their families.

HUMSV 213: ISSUES IN ABUSE

3 hrs. (OC)

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This course teaches students about abuse and neglect of children, domestic violence, and abuse, neglect, and exploitation of older persons. Topics of discussion will include: the historical context of abuse, demographics of abuse, common myths about abuse, methods of investigating abuse, and cultural differences in abuse.

HUMSV 250: HUMAN SERVICE INTERNSHIP

2 hrs. (OC)

Prerequisite: HUMSV 110, 111, and 200 or department approval

This course discusses weekly seminar topics relevant to the laboratory component which occurs in selected community agencies under the supervision of both agency and college personnel.

HUMSV 255: INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 hr. (OC)

Prerequisite: HUMSV 110 and department approval

This course provides a student the opportunity to work on a specific project, research, or other specialized study related to individual academic needs. A written plan for the independent study project is developed with a faculty member (including a detailed description of the project, the number of credit hours assigned to it, the evaluative criteria to be used, and other relevant information), and the project is carried out under the direction of the faculty member. The written plan is submitted to the dean/associate dean for approval and remains on file within the department. The student also submits a final written report to the faculty member.