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Introduction to Human Services, Social Work, and Career Assessment (HSER 1001)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  4.00  
Description:  This course combines a basic overview of human-services knowledge with self-assessment exercises to help you evaluate your choice to work in the helping professions. You will learn about the human services field and profession, the history of human services, future trends, and multicultural perspectives. Through exercises, small group work, and experiential learning you will learn how to assess your personal attitudes, values, and interests in the field. Community service project outside of class may be required.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051.

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Multicultural Aspects of Human Services (HSER 1002)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that human service students need in order to work effectively in culturally diverse communities. You will also get an overview of the dynamics of privilege and discrimination as they affect human services. Using the diversity represented in the class, you will explore your own and each other's cultural identities, values, attitudes, and behaviors. You will learn how to assess the impact of cultural differences in human service situations and how to adjust communication, goals, and services to meet the needs of people with whom you work.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900.

Co-requisites:

HSER 1001.

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Fundamentals of Communications and Interviewing Skills (HSER 1004)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  2.00   Lab Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course introduces a microskills model for beginning-level counseling skills, which emphasizes joining, challenging, and problem-management stages in addition to responding to interpersonal communication style differences. You will practice skills in small groups in class supervised by the instructor and in videotaped role-plays, which are critiqued in class by the instructor and peer evaluator groups. By the end of the course, you will use the skills effectively to conduct basic counseling interviews. Lab time required outside of class.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900.

Co-requisites:

HSER 1001.

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Current Issues in Human Services (HSER 1051)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course systematically examines a current issue (often a problem or target population) in the field of human services that is timely and important. You will explore a definition of the topic, historical background, current data and research on the topic, and possible solutions and action plans if a problem has been defined. This Human Services elective course is offered occasionally with varied issues as the focus. You may take this course only once, regardless of topic.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051. It is recommended that students complete HSER 1001 or take co-currently with HSER 1051 or with instructors permission.

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Current Issues in Human Services (HSER 1052)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course systematically examines a current issue (often a problem or target population) in the field of human services that is timely and important. The course will offer a definition of the topic, historical background, current data and research on the topic, and possible solutions and action plans if a problem has been defined. This Human Services elective course is offered occasionally with varied issues as the focus. You may take this course only once, regardless of topic.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051. It is recommended that students complete HSER 1001 before taking HSER 1052 or take it concurrently.  

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Promoting Systems Change (HSER 1105)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides the theoretical background to systems change, as well as the practical application to implement such change at the individual and community levels. You will study theories and strategies for change from a systems perspective and apply them to a real problem in human services. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

Placement score into ENGL 1110 or completion of ENGL 0900 or ENGA 0900 or ESOL 0051.

Co-requisites:

HSER 1001.

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Working With Youth (HSER 1110)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to work effectively with youth. You will learn about basic human behavior related to youth, youth leadership, basic methods of counseling and youth advocacy with an emphasis on individual values in working with youth.
Prerequisites:

HSER 1001 or Instructor approval.

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Using Personality Types in Human Services (HSER 1111)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course provides theory and practice using a variety of orientations to personality style. You will use personality style theory to look at what your own style might be, your strengths and weaknesses, and possible applications of each theory in human services work. You will learn to see the power in recognizing diversity among personality styles.
Prerequisites:

HSER 1001 or Instructor approval.

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Self-Care and Wellness for Helping Professionals (HSER 1115)

Credits:  2   Lecture Credits:  2.00  
Description:  This course covers theories and practical exercises related to wellness. You will learn how to enhance your own wellness and promote wellness with others. You will use textbook readings, an optional online wellness assessment, buddy support dyads, weekly journals and a wellness promotion project, all of which will involve work in and outside of the classroom. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

HSER 1001 or Instructor approval.

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Introduction to Group Skills (HSER 2001)

Credits:  3   Lecture Credits:  3.00  
Description:  This course provides theory and supervised practice in group counseling. You will explore types and purposes of groups, group process, forming a group, group stages and stage-appropriate group leadership skills, membership issues, and professional and ethical group conduct. You will participate in a group as a member and co-leader. You will study and practice basic communication skills to improve your listening and verbal skills in a group.
Prerequisites:

HSER 1004 passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above.

Co-requisites:

HSER 1105.

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Case Management Skills (HSER 2002)

Credits:  4   Lecture Credits:  4.00  
Description:  This course introduces and provides practice in a case management model, including intake, assessment, goal-setting, referral, clinical writing, record-keeping and evaluation. You will create a case file and learn about ethical guidelines and the use of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM).
Prerequisites:

HSER 1001, HSER 1004, passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above.

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Internship Assessment and Preparation (HSER 2003)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course focuses on preparation for an internship in Human Services. You will participate in an evaluation of your readiness for an internship and selection an internship site for the next semester, with faculty guidance. You will examine your strengths and areas for improvement as a potential human service worker, develop goals and criteria for internship site selection, and interview at a variety of possible community sites. At the end of this course, you must choose and be accepted by an appropriate internship site approved by program faculty. You must earn at least a "C" (2.0) grade in this course in order to be eligible for internship the following semester. You will be required to complete a criminal background study through the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Acceptance into the course will also be based on previous course work including general education courses completed.
Prerequisites:

HSER 1001 passed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or above and Instructor permission

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Internship (HSER 2004)

Credits:  6   Internship/Practicum:  6.00

Description:  This course is a capstone off-campus, experiential-learning component for the Human Services program. You will spend 240 hours at the human services internship site you selected during HSER 2003. You will be supervised by experienced professionals in the field and evaluated by faculty advisors from the HSER program. As an intern, you will apply and enhance your knowledge and skills learned in the program.
Prerequisites:

HSER 2003 passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above.

Co-requisites:

HSER 2005.

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Internship Seminar (HSER 2005)

Credits:  1   Lecture Credits:  1.00  
Description:  This course is a biweekly meeting on campus for students currently engaged in their Human Services or Pre-Social Work internships (HSER 2004, HSER 2006, or HSER 2100). In this seminar, you will participate in a supportive forum with Minneapolis College faculty advisors to discuss your internship progress and concerns and to explore common issues in the field.
Prerequisites:

HSER 2003 passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above.

Co-requisites:

HSER 2004 or HSER 2006 or HSER 2100.

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Internship for Community Healthcare Workers (HSER 2006)

Credits:  4   Internship/Practicum:  4.00

Description:  This internship course is for students who have completed CMHW and CMHW 1016. You may register for this internship ONLY if you have completed CMHW 1001 and CMHW 1016. Hours and assignments will be identical to but prorated from HSER 2004. Please see the course description for HSER 2004. This is a capstone off-campus, experiential-learning component for the Pre Social Work program. You will spend 120 hours at a social services internship site you selected during HSER 2003. You will be supervised by experienced professionals in the field and evaluated by faculty advisors from the HSER program. As an intern, you will apply and enhance your knowledge and skills learned in the program. Must be taken A-F.
Prerequisites:

HSER 2003 passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above; CMHW 1001 and CMHW 1016.

Co-requisites:

HSER 2005.

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Pre Social Work Internship (HSER 2100)

Credits:  3   Internship/Practicum:  3.00

Description:  This course is a capstone off-campus, experiential-learning component for the Pre Social Work program. You will spend 120 hours at a social services internship site you selected during HSER 2003. You will be supervised by experienced professionals in the field and evaluated by faculty advisors from the HSER program. As an intern, you will apply and enhance your knowledge and skills learned in the program.
Prerequisites:

HSER 2003 passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above and completion of required general ed. courses. Instructor permission is required. Please contact the instructor.

Co-requisites:

HSER 2005.

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