Course Descriptions

Human Services --- HSER

Course Descriptions

HSER 1100  Introduction to Human Services   3 cr

Provides an introduction to the field of Human Services. Course describes history, worker roles, and current career trends in the field. Students are required to participate in hands-on experience through service learning. This course is appropriate for anyone who might be interested in the helping profession. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study.

HSER 1101  Introduction to Social Work   3 cr

Presents an overview of the field of social work looking at its history and social welfare policy in this country. This course is intended for students interested in transferring to a four-year degree in Social Work; it satisfies an elective credit for the Human Services Degree.

HSER 1103  Adults with Disabilities   2 cr

Explores the various types of disabilities and how they impact the individual, the family unit, and society. A particular emphasis will be placed on understanding the unique behavioral, physical, cultural and psychological issues associated with each type of disability. NOTE: HSER1103 and INTS 1103 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wanting to fulfill Goal 7 of the MTC must enroll in INTS 1103.

HSER 1104  Multicultural Awareness in the Helping Profession   3 cr

Examines attitudes and enhances knowledge and skills that are necessary to work effectively with culturally diverse populations in the human services field. Students will explore their own and others' cultural indentities, values, attitudes, and behaviors. Emphasis is placed on how to adjust services to the multicultural needs of individuals who are served.

HSER 1105  Loss and Grief   2 cr

Looks at dynamics of loss and grief across the lifespan. We will look at how grief impacts families and children, as well as exploring gender differences. We will incorporate journal assignments and experiential activities designed in the healing of each person's grief journey. Students will learn to identify, assess, and intervene in grief situations.

HSER 1106  Basic Counseling Skills   3 cr

Introduces basic counseling and interviewing skills. Students will learn and apply skills that range from basic attending and listening skills to chart documentation and treatment planning. Prerequisite: Recommended concurrent enrollment with HSER 1100.

HSER 1107  Group Processes   3 cr

Focuses on the development of communication skills and self-awareness important in the roles of group membership and leadership. Provides an understanding of the evolution and function of therapeutic groups. Emphasizes the development of knowledge and skills. Prereq: HSER 1100 and HSER 1106.

HSER 1112  Crisis Assessment and Intervention   3 cr

Presents basic concepts of crisis assessment, intervention, and referral. The application of strategies and techniques with a discussion of intervention, assessment, and referral models is included. An overview of interventions for specific crisis will be reviewed. An assessment model for making appropriate referrals is presented. Pre-requisite: HSER 1106.

HSER 1117  Mental Disorders Through the Life Span   3 cr

Introduces an overview of the range of mental disorders throughout the lifespan. Disorders covered include mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, substance disorders, personality disorders, and disorders in children and the elderly. Students will learn to identify signs and symptoms of each disorder. They also will learn basic skills and therapeutic treatments that effectively help individuals who have mental disorders.

HSER 1121  Adolescent and Youth Work   2 cr

Focuses on learning about adolescents, identifying their developmental stage, tasks and goals, and how to work with them concerning their mental and physical health needs. Common adolescent crisis problems and cases will be explored, including assessment and intervention strategies. This course is for Human Service Students, counselors, other helping professionals, law enforcement personnel, teachers and parents.

HSER 1123  Family Functions and Interactions   3 cr

Studies the family with attention to its organization, function and dynamics. Emphasis is placed on the impact and effects of family on individual development. The course offers an introduction to family systems theory, normal and problematic family systems, and family functioning concepts. It also examines family violence including, social and psychological roots of violence. Chemical dependency and how it affects the family will also be discussed.

HSER 1125  Action Based Learning Experience   2 cr

Introduces students to an experientially based course that will be service learning oriented. Students will immerse themselves in the local community/culture partnering with local agencies in serving those individuals and families in need. Students will be traveling to out state or out of region localities.

HSER 1126  Ethical Issues in Human Services   2 cr

Presents an overview of ethical issues specific to Human Services including models for ethical decision making, legal and professional issues, professional codes of ethics, core values and personal issues.

HSER 1140  Human Sexuality   3 cr

Presents an interdisciplinary study of human sexuality in a pluralistic society. NOTE: HSER 1140 and INTS 1140 are co-listed; department should be selected at registration. Credit will be given in only one department. Students wishing to earn MnTC credits must enroll as INTS 1140.

HSER 1179  Human Services Seminar   1 cr

Provides an opportunity for human services students to create and implement projects for the development of personal knowledge and skill. Provides students the opportunity to receive support on internship progress. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. This course must be taken concurrently with HSER 1189, Internship. The course may be repeated once. Prereq: Must take currently with HSER 1189, Internship.

HSER 1189  Internship   cr

Offers work experience in a human service agency, providing an opportunity to further develop skills. Through work experience, students will gain additional knowledge of human services practices and concepts. May be taken as two 3-credit courses or one 6-credit course. To complete the requirements of the course students will need to receive a criminal background clearance. Please refer to the Criminal Background section of the catalog for more information on the criminal background study. Prereq: Permission of human service faculty and previous human service coursework. Must take concurrently with HSER 1179, Human Services Seminar.

HSER 2250  Contemporary Human Services Topics   cr

Presents special topics in Human Services. Coursework explores current issues and challenges in human services. May be repeated under different topics.