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Human Services
Course Code
HSER 1001  Credits 4.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Human Services and Career Assessment 
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. Topics include the human services field and profession, the history of human services, future trends, and multicultural perspective. This knowledge is combined with exercises, some small group work, and experiential learning to help you 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.



Course Code
HSER 1002  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Multicultural Aspects of Human Services 
Description This course focuses on the knowledge, skills and attitudes that human service students need in order to work effectively in culturally diverse communities. Included is 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.

 

Pre/Co-requisites

HSER 1001.

 


Course Code
HSER 1004  Credits 4.00 Lec View Details
Title Individual Counseling Skills 
Description In this course, you are introduced to a microskills model for learning beginning-level counseling skills. The model 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.

 

Pre/Co-requisites

HSER 1001.

 


Course Code
HSER 1051  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Current Issues in Human Services 
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 1051 or take it concurrently. 



Course Code
HSER 1052  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Current Issues in Human Services 
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.  



Course Code
HSER 1105  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Promoting Systems Change 
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.

 

Pre/Co-requisites

HSER 1001.

 


Course Code
HSER 1110  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Working With Youth 
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.



Course Code
HSER 1111  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Using Personality Types in Human Services 
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. The course will encourage you to see power in recognition of diversity among personality styles. 
Prerequisites  

HSER 1001 or Instructor approval.

 



Course Code
HSER 1115  Credits 2.00 Lec View Details
Title Self-Care and Wellness for Helping Professionals 
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. The experiential nature of the course will include 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.



Course Code
HSER 2001  Credits 3.00 Lec View Details
Title Introduction to Group Skills 
Description This course provides theory and supervised practice in group counseling. Topics include 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.

Pre/Co-requisites

HSER 1105.

 


Course Code
HSER 2002  Credits 4.00 Lec View Details
Title Case Management Skills 
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 1004 passed with a grade of "C" (2.0) or above.



Course Code
HSER 2003  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Internship Assessment and Preparation 
Description This course focuses on preparation for an internship in Human Services. Faculty will evaluate your readiness for an internship and will guide you in selecting an internship site for the next semester. 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. 
Prerequisites  

HSER 1001, 1002, HSER 1004 and HSER 1105 passed with a grade of “C” or above or instructor approval to take HSER 1105 concurrently.

Pre/Co-requisites

HSER 2001; HSER 2002

 


Course Code
HSER 2004  Credits 0.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Internship 
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.

 


Course Code
HSER 2005  Credits 1.00 Lec View Details
Title Internship Seminar 
Description This course is a biweekly meeting on campus for students currently engaged in their Human Services internships (HSER 2004 or HSER 2006). In this seminar, you will participate in a supportive forum with MCTC 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.

 


Course Code
HSER 2006  Credits 0.00 Lec 0.00 Lab View Details
Title Internship for Community Healthcare Workers 
Description 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. 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.