Graduate Degree Programs

Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Required Human Services Courses

HS 530 Ethical and Legal Issues in Human Services:  This course focuses on ethical and legal issues relevant to the delivery of human services. Topics include ethical principles based on the guidelines of the American Counseling Association, National Association of Social Workers, and American Psychological Association. Ethical and legal issues related to vulnerable populations, behavioral interventions, self determination, and professional boundaries will be included.

HS 580 Field Experience:  Students acquire work experiences in a private or public human service agency under the supervision of the agency staff as well as a College faculty member. Students who are currently employed in a human services setting may choose an action research project in place of part of the field experience. This is an on-site course.

HS 531 Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Human Services: 
This course focuses on the range of populations served and needs addressed by human services. Topics include diversity issues related to clarifying expectations, dealing effectively with conflict, societal context, ethical behavior, techniques for building rapport in diverse groups, problem-solving, decision-making, and predicting outcomes.

HS 660 Capstone Seminar: Students read and discuss professional literature relevant to the human services field, including articles related to current controversial issues and to the functions performed by their own agencies. Library research which concludes with a  substantial literature review paper is required.

Required Psychology Courses

PY 530 Theories of Counseling:  A survey of major theories of counseling, including the principal psychodynamic, humanistic, and cognitive-behavioral approaches, that constitute the foundation of all mental health professions. In addition to covering traditional schools of thought, emphasis will be placed on contemporary developments in the area of brief or time-limited treatment and the special difficulties inherent to this change in standard clinical practice.

PY 533 Psychopathology: An overview of abnormal psychology, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, neuropsychiatric, and socio-cultural perspectives as well as descriptive psychopathology. The course also entails a thorough grounding in the official psychiatric classification system (currently DSM-IV-TR) that is used by all hospital, clinics, and rehabilitation facilities as per requirements of third-party payers and treatment review boards.

PY 536 Case Management: This course examines concepts and principles of case management practice with special populations such as older adults, children and families, persons with serious and persistent mental illness, substance abuse, and persons with chronic disease and those facing end of life decisions. The core functions of case management practice in a range of settings are addressed in relationship to issues of diversity, vulnerability, and empowerment.

PY 537 Counseling Techniques: Students will learn contemporary approaches to the counseling process, including intake, initial evaluation/treatment planning, cultivating the therapeutic relationship, interviewing strategies, selected interventions, and termination-related issues. In this mixed didactic-experiential context, skill-building exercises will be used to link theory with practice and develop students’ proficiency in conducting helping interviews.

PY 539 Program Evaluation: Students will acquire knowledge and skills needed for the systematic assessment of the effectiveness of psychosocial intervention programs: evaluating the outcomes of treatments provided by human services agencies. In addition to standard research design, emphasis will also be placed on program planning and evaluation models that are widely used in the field.

PY 540 Organizational Behavior and Group Dynamics: This course examines the theoretical assumptions of organizational behavior and the issues and challenges which arise when leading or facilitating groups. Students investigate the relationships between the individual, the group, and the organization. Students also explore the various stages of groups, including pre-group assessment and screening of group members, group development, the initial stage, the working stage, the transition stage, and the ending stage of groups. Ethical and multicultural issues that apply to groups are examined.

PY 581 Action Research Project: Students conduct original empirical research under faculty supervision, typically evaluating the effectiveness of a specific human services program. The project may be designed and implemented wholly by the student, be part of a larger research program being conducted at the agency, or involve the standard psychosocial interventions provided by the agency. This course may be taken in lieu of 3 credits of field experience by students who have extensive experience in a human services agency.

Elective Courses

HS 514 Resolving Conflict through Dialogue: The meaning of conflict resolution adopted in this course is focused on peaceful, non-violent mechanisms, spanning formal and informal interactions and bargaining between disputants to reach procedural and substantive solutions. Levels of conflicts and resolution settings are often differentiated by identifying the adversaries, whether they are nation-states, ethnic groups, business or political organizations community groups, neighbors, or individuals. Students will examine these perspectives in order to understand various layers where conflicts arise, and to make comparisons across issues and participants noting similarities and contrasts in resolution manner, effort, and achievement. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives.

HS 532 Human Resource Management:  This course examines the principles and issues of human resource management, including the management of information systems. Emphasis is on the design of formal systems and the functions performed in organizations to ensure the most effective use of human resources. Attention is paid to strategies used by managers for the recruitment, retention, and development of human resources to produce a positive workplace environment. Legal and ethical issues encountered by human resource managers are also discussed.  This course is delivered in a blended format. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives.

PY 541 Addictions Counseling: Students will learn the major approaches to understanding and treating substance related disorders. Topics will include the addiction process, case assessment, treatment methods and resources, and the elements of recovery. Emphasis will be placed on empirically supported concepts and interventions. Dual diagnosis, the treatment process, and ethical issues in addictions counseling will also be included. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives.

PY 542 Career Counseling: Through an examination of career development theories and decision-making models, the student will gain an understanding of career development planning, organization, implementation, and evaluation. The interrelationships among work and other life roles will also be explored. Attention will be paid to the special problems faced by disabled workers in vocational rehabilitation. This course may be taken an elective course to fulfill the requirement for 6 credits of electives