Course Descriptions - Human Services


HUS133 Child Maltreatment: Prevention, Investigation,Treatment (3-0-3)

This course focuses on a cross-disciplinarian perspective of child abuse and neglect by investigating such factors as possible causes, manifestations, and prevention techniques. This course examines the role of the mandated reporter as well as laws and legislation regarding child maltreatment. It also emphasizes methods and strategies used by professionals to work with children and families in abusive and neglectful situations. A service learning advocacy experience is required.

HUS150 Introduction to Chemical Abuse and Dependency (3-0-3)

This course examines alcoholism and substance abuse from historical, biological, psychological, social and cultural perspectives. It presents theoretical frameworks that help students understand the nature and course of chemical abuse and dependency, as well as strategies to prevent its onset. The course introduces the assessment and diagnostic process as well as treatment approaches. F

HUS157 Substance Abuse Counseling (4-0-4)

This course will focus on alcoholism and substance abuse/dependency counseling. Current research, theoretical models, and methods in the treatment process will be examined. The practical development of counseling skills will be emphasized. This course can be used as a social science elective.

PR: HUS 150

HUS221 Field Instruction I (1-8-3)

This course provides students with an initial structured and supervised direct practice experience in a local public or private institution, supervised by a qualified professional. It requires a minimum of 108 hours of field work and nine classroom hours of instruction, integrating and reinforcing social work theories. This course is graded as pass/fail.

PR: SOC 125, SOC 127, and Human Services major, Direct Support Professional or Community Health Worker with a 2.0 minimum GPA and permission of the Dean or Instructor is required.

HUS222 Field Instruction II (1-0-3)

This course provides students with a second structured and supervised direct practice experience in a public or private institution, supervised by a qualified professional. This course focuses on similar topics in Field Instruction I, at a more in-depth level. It requires a minimum of 108 hours of field work and nine classroom hours of instruction, integrating and reinforcing social work theory. This course is graded pass/fail.

PR: SOC 125, SOC 127, HUS 221, and Human Services major, Direct Support Professional or Community Health Worker major with a 2.0 minimum GPA and permission of the Dean or Instructor is required.

HUS225 Chemical Dependency Internship and Seminar I (1-10-4)

This course provides an initial opportunity to obtain experience within the field of chemical dependency at an approved agency. The course integrates field work practice with theory and emphasizes the student’s roles and responsibilities and the agency’s relationship to the larger community. The field experience requires a minimum of 150 clock hours at a New York State Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) licensed facility under the supervision of a qualified health professional. Students must provide documented experience in a minimum of 8 of 12 Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) core functions. Students must submit a signed fieldwork contract by the end of the fifth week of classes. Failure to do so requires the student to withdraw from the class. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

PR: HUS 157, minimum grade point average (GPA) 2.0, and permission of Instructor or Dean.

HUS226 Chemical Dependency Internship and Seminar II (1-10-4)

This course provides a second opportunity to obtain experience within the field of chemical dependency at an approved agency. The course integrates field work practice with theory and emphasizes the student’s roles and greater responsibilities and the agency’s relationship to the larger community. The field experience requires a minimum of 150 clock hours at a New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) licensed facility under the supervision of a qualified health professional. Students must provide documented experience in all 12 Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) core functions. Students must submit a signed field work contract by the end of the fifth week of classes. Failure to do so requires the student to withdraw from the class. Grading is on a pass/fail basis.

PR: HUS 225, minimum grade point average (GPA) 2.0, and permission of Instructor or Dean

HUS250 Planning, Assessment, and Treatment (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to all the major theories and methods employed in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and addictive illnesses. It explains and requires students to apply the processes, procedures, and tools required to effectively assess and evaluate clients in developing an individualized plan of treatment. The course stresses the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) 12-Core Function of the Certified Alcohol and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), enabling students to produce psycho social assessment reports and create treatment plans that consider the needs of special populations, ethical concerns, treatment models and clinical strategies.

PR: HUS 150

HUS254 Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs (3-0-3)

This course examines how alcohol and other psychoactive drugs affect the body, the brain, behavior, and influence all areas of human development. Psychoactive drug categories are discussed with the emphasis on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of drug action. Current theories about the etiology of major psychological and addictive disorders and the rationale for substance abuse drug treatment are examined.

PR: HUS 150

HUS255 Alcohol and Substance Abuse: Prevention/Education (3-0-3)

This course focuses on substance abuse prevention education as it relates to the individual, family, and community. It examines the core components of the creation and implementation of culturally relevant substance abuse prevention education at various levels from pre-school to adult, and requires students to complete the New York State Mandated Reporter training for preventing and reporting child abuse.

HUS260 Problem Gambling (4-0-4)

This course focuses on the assessment and treatment of problem gambling. It provides a broad overview of the field of problem gambling which includes theories of causation, gambling trends, and theoretical treatment and prevention models, modalities, approaches and techniques. The course further explores the impact of problem gambling onthe health and weel-being of both individuals and communities including strategies that emphasize the collaborative community mental health model.

PR: HUS 150 or current CASAC-T or CASAC documentation


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