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Master of Arts in Human Services

Welcome, and thank you for visiting us to learn more about the Human Services field and our Master of Arts in Human Services program.  Our program is open to domestic and international students and formally affiliated with the National Board of Certified Counselors.

According to the National Organization of Human Services (NOHS), the Human Services field is defined by “the objective of meeting human needs through an interdisciplinary knowledge base, focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems, and maintaining a commitment to improving the overall quality of life of service populations.  The Human Services profession is one which promotes improved service delivery systems by addressing not only the quality of direct services, but also by seeking to improve accessibility, accountability, and coordination among professionals and agencies in service delivery.”  http://www.nationalhumanservices.org

Our online Master of Arts in Human Services program provides the foundation for careers with governmental agencies, nonprofit, or nongovernmental organizations.  Human service professionals often work with and on behalf of vulnerable populations—children, youth, families, the elderly, persons with disabilities, domestic violence survivors, persons with substance abuse issues, and the oppressed and economically disadvantaged.  Human Service professionals may provide direct care services and advocacy, administer programs and services, manage public agencies or nonprofit organizations, supervise personnel, research human needs, and develop and analyze policies and programs.  Additionally, professionals must demonstrate enhanced personal communication and leadership skills by conducting assessments, developing service plans, advocating for policy initiatives, supervising staff, and empowering community organizational efforts. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field of human services is expected to continue to grow over the next decade.  The US Department of Labor anticipates a 34% growth rate of human service workers through 2016, faster than the average for all occupations. A graduate degree in Human Services prepares professionals for leadership roles within a variety of agencies and organizations that serve vulnerable populations.  Professionals within the field of Human Services find their work both rewarding and satisfying, as they work through various levels of society to improve the quality of life for the most at-risk populations.

The field of human services continues to professionalize and now offers those holding degrees in human services at all levels the opportunity to become Human Services-Board Certified Practitioners.  For more information, click on link http://www.cce-global.org/HSBCP

Master of Arts Human Services Online

The online approach for program delivery is designed to enhance obtaining an advanced degree for working professionals and busy adults.  Students have the flexibility of the online format that is unavailable in a more traditional educational program. An online program is designed to help students needing to juggle the many demands and responsibilities in their lives. The program is uniquely designed for individuals wishing to advance their career opportunities within the field of human services.  Students interested in the program have several admission options, including a career admissions path.  Three tracks are offered within the Master of Arts Human Services Online program, a specialization in Management, Addictions Counseling, or Career Counseling. These specializations provide students the opportunity to concentrate on specific courses that reflect his or her particular interests and career objectives.

Program of Study:

Required Courses: (33 hours) - Online delivery system. 

General Track for Human Services Management

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

HCS 6XX

Theoretical Foundations & History of Human Services

3

HCS 6XX

Human Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Delivery Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Information Management for Human Services Professionals

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HCS 6XX

Interventions and Direct Delivery Human Services

3

HCS 6XX

Interpersonal Communications for Human Services Professionals

3

HCS 6XX

Administration and Management of Human Services Delivery Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Client-Related Values and Attitudes

3

HCS 6XX

Practicum & Applied Research in Human Services Management

6

 

Addictions Counseling Track

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

HCS 6XX

Theoretical Foundations & History of Human Services

3

HCS 6XX

Human Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Delivery Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Information Management for Human Services Professionals

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HCS 6XX

Interventions and Direct Delivery Human Services

3

HCS 6XX

Interpersonal Communications for Human Services Professionals

3

COU 549

Addictions Counseling

3

COU 550

Psychopathology, Diagnosis & Treatment

3

HCS 6XX

Practicum & Applied Research in Addictions Counseling

6

 

Career Development Track

Course #

Course Title

Credit Hours

HCS 6XX

Theoretical Foundations & History of Human Services

3

HCS 6XX

Human Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Delivery Systems

3

HCS 6XX

Information Management for Human Services Professionals

3

HCS 6XX

Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation

3

HCS 6XX

Interventions and Direct Delivery Human Services

3

HCS 6XX

Interpersonal Communications for Human Services Professionals

3

COU 545

Career Counseling

3

HCS 6XX

Career Consultation, & Assessment

3

HCS 6XX

Practicum & Applied Research in Career Development

6

Course Descriptions:

HCS 6XX – Theoretical Foundations & History of Human Services. This course provides students with a broad conceptual understanding of the philosophical and theoretical underpinnings of the profession including the history of human services professions, legislative factors affecting human services, political ideologies surrounding human services, and issues of advocacy and social change. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Human Systems. This course provides students with knowledge and theory of the interaction of human systems including: individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community, and societal. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Human Services Delivery Systems. This course addresses the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning and discusses the major models used to conceptualize and integrate prevention, maintenance, intervention, rehabilitation, and healthy functioning through social change initiatives. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Information Management for Human Services Professionals. This course provides students with the skills necessary to effectively research, analyze, report and use information from a broad array of sources to inform their practice as a human services professional and impact change for individuals and groups served. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Human Services Program Planning and Evaluation. This course provides students with knowledge, theory and skills in the systematic analysis of service needs; the selection of appropriate strategies, services, or interventions; and the evaluation of outcomes. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Interventions and Direct Delivery Human Services. This course provides students with the theory, knowledge and intervention skills to effectively interact with clients using appropriate prevention, intervention, and maintenance strategies and techniques to achieve maximum autonomy and functioning. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Interpersonal Communications for Human Services Professionals. This course provides students with knowledge and skills to effectively communicate with a variety of constituents. Conflict management strategies and ethical communication practices receive focused attention in the course. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Administration and Management of Human Services Delivery Systems. This course provides students with knowledge, theory, and skills in the administrative aspects of the services delivery system including organizational management, supervision, strategic planning and budgeting. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Human Services Client-Related Values and Attitudes. This course prepares students to incorporate human services values and attitudes and promote understanding of human services ethics and their application in practice. This course will be taken in conjunction with the Human Services practicum. Three credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Practicum & Applied Research. This professional practicum is a learning experience in a human services delivery organization. It is a process of experiential learning that integrates the knowledge, theory, skills, and professional behaviors that are concurrently taught in the classroom. It should be an integral part of the total education process. Six credit hours.

HCS 6XX – Career Consultation & Assessment. Through this course, students gain a comprehensive overview of the process, and methods in the field of career counseling consultation and assessment as well as the qualifications required of the career counselor to consult in a variety of settings. Students learn the techniques that career counselors may employ within different models of consultation, and they explore the different types of assessments used in clinical, educational, and organizational settings. Three credit hours.

COU 545 – Career Counseling. This is a didactic and experiential course intended to provide students with the knowledge, awareness, and skills necessary to gain an understanding of and begin to use career counseling theories and techniques that are essential in helping relationships with a focus upon life and career development. This course is designed to help the counselor develop the ability to understand the career development process, utilize career-related information and information systems in the course of career education, and incorporate the fundamentals of counseling in assisting individuals in formulating a career decision. Three credit hours.

COU 549 – Addictions Counseling. This course examines the etiology, risk factors, assessment, counseling approaches, and treatment of alcoholism and other addictions. Dynamics of addictive behaviors are explored including abuse of substances and process addictions. Special attention is given to psychological factors, personal traits, family dynamics, treatment methods, and implications for schools and communities. It is essential for professionals in the counseling field to have a clear understanding of their own beliefs about addiction and their attitudes toward individuals with addictions. This course will allow you to start this process by exploring the process of addiction to substances (and some process addictions), causality, risk factors, biological, psychological, social manifestations, and treatment modalities. Thus, this course will focus primarily on increasing future counseling professionals’ knowledge and self-awareness of the addictive process. Three credit hours.

 

FUTURE TRENDS IN CLIENT POPULATIONS FOR HUMAN SERVICE PROFESSIONALS

Older People: With increased longevity and decreased birthrates, the population of older persons is steadily rising, and by the year 2030, it will be close to 20% according the U.S. Census Bureau, 2003. 

Individuals with Disabilities:  According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2008 about 19% of Americans over the age of 5 have a disability which are mostly in one or more of the following areas: sight; hearing; walking; moving the upper body; cognitive, mental or emotional; or other.  While illegal, individuals with disabilities continue to be discriminated against in a variety of ways.

The Homeless and the Poor:  It is estimated that as many as 3 million Americans may be homeless in any one year, including 1.3 million children (National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 2010).  The number of poor Americans is 40 million, about 13% of the population with 19% of all children in the United States living in poverty (U.S. Census Bureau, 2009).

Individuals Who Are HIV Positive:  AIDS continues to spread in the United States and worldwide, with approximately 33 million children and adults being HIV positive or having AIDS (UNAIDS, 2010). 

The Incarcerated, Their Families, and the Victims of Crime:  According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2010, in the United States today, there are about 2.3 million Americans in jail or prison and close to 5 million on probation or parole.  Most prisoners are undereducated, abused as children, abusers of drugs and alcohol, coming from dysfunctional families, and have mental illnesses—the need for social services is paramount.

Individuals at Risk for Chemical Dependence:  The substance abuse statistics in the United States are staggering—19.3 million dependent on or abused alcohol or illicit drugs (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2010).

For more information, contact Dr. LouAnn Woolman at louann.woolman@lr.edu.