Academics

HUMSV 110 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course provides an introduction to the field of human services, its basic principles, and the roles and functions of the human services professional. The characteristics of populations with whom the human services professional works will be a focus of this course, along with current social issues and ethical codes workers in this field face.

Pre-requisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval


HUMSV 111 HUMAN SERVICES APPLICATIONS I

3 Credit Hours (OC)
In this course, students will gain a practical understanding of their role in the helping professions. They will become familiar with the characteristics and types of problem behavior of specific at-risk populations as well as basic skills and techniques necessary to work successfully with those clients.

Pre-requisite: Approved reading placement score, or equivalent, or department approval


HUMSV 114 INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: HUMSV 110 or department approval


HUMSV 125 CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN THE HUMAN SERVICES

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: HUMSV 110 or department approval


HUMSV 127 COMMUNITY RESOURCES AND ENTITLEMENT PROGRAMS

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course teaches students about community resources for at-risk populations and how to help human services consumers access entitlement programs.


HUMSV 152 CHILD WELFARE SYSTEM

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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 154 MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course is an empirically-backed prevention tool used to improve the knowledge of mental health problems through learning to assess the situation, select and implement appropriate interventions, and secure appropriate care for individual's experiencing a mental health problem.


HUMSV 155 SOCIAL CLASS AND THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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 156 YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FIRST AID

1 Credit Hours (OC)
This course will provide instruction in assisting a young person who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis.


HUMSV 200 HUMAN SERVICES APPLICATIONS II

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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 205 GROUP DYNAMICS

3 Credit Hours (OC)
A practical foundation will be laid for creating and leading groups within the helping professions. Grounded in theory, a strong focus will be on practice and skill development.

Pre-requisite: HUMSV 110


HUMSV 212 UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA

3 Credit Hours (OC)
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 Credit Hours (OC)
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 215 HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT

3 Credit Hours (TC)
This course explores the dynamics of human behavior across the lifespan. It examines how various aspects of the social environment impact the functioning of individuals and subsequently determines the needs and resources required by the people being served within the field of human services.

Pre-requisite: HUMSV 110


HUMSV 250 HUMAN SERVICE INTERNSHIP

2 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: HUMSV 110, HUMSV 111, and HUMSV 200 all with a grade of "C" or better or department approval


HUMSV 255 INDEPENDENT STUDY

1 Credit Hours (OC)
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.

Pre-requisite: HUMSV 110 with a grade of "C" or better and department approval