NYSCAS: New York School of Career and Applied Studies

Human Services

The courses offered by this department enable students to earn the Associate in Science and Bachelor of Science degrees in Human Services, with six different specialties: Addiction Services, Adult and Family Services, Child and Youth Services, Developmental Disabilities, Gerontological Services, and Human Services Administration.

FACULTY

G. David, Chair; C. Becker, Deputy Chair; T. Bennette, W. Chenault, M. Gallatin, A. Goldberg, C. McKenzie, S. Reiter, Z. Schechter.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Note: A related one-credit "topics" or workshop course may be offered with certain three-credit Human Services courses.

GHU 140 General Survey of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities (Fall, Spring)
This course is an overview of two major areas in Mental Health: 1) Psychological Dysfunctions and 2) Developmental Disabilities. The course examines various etiologies and functioning levels of the psychologically impaired and the developmentally disabled. It further examines intervention and treatment methods from a historical perspective, as well as more recent modalities of community-based treatment services.
4 credits

GHU 141 Introduction to Human Services (Fall, Spring)
A survey of public and private human service programs with special emphasis on current human services available in the city and state. Skills, knowledge, attitudes and values for human service work are examined, as are the methods of intervention and counseling theories available to the human service worker.
4 credits

GHU 150 The World of Work (Fall, Spring)
This course will enable students to prepare for future vocational and occupational opportunities in contemporary America. Topics will include: the current employment picture, job preparation and requirements, public policy considerations, employment opportunities, local career options and job development skills. Field trips to job sites and related activities, as well as work with resource people from various occupational fields will represent an integral part of the course.
2 credits

GHU 240 Theories of Counseling (Fall, Spring)
A survey of the major current theories practiced in the counseling profession. Roles, responsibilities, and career opportunities for counselors, as well as the development of the counseling profession.
Prerequisite: GHU 140. 3 credits

GHU 241 Practicum/Demonstration: Theories of Counseling (Fall, Spring)
This course enables students to examine the application of theory during the counseling process.
Co-requisite: GHU 240. 1 credit

GHU 242 Techniques of Counseling (Fall, Spring)
Application of counseling theories through case studies and role-playing.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 243 Group Work Techniques (Fall, Spring)
Techniques of organizing and working with special client groups are reinforced by role playing and other activities.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 244 Problems of the Disabled (Spring)
The causes, effects and treatment of disabling mental and physical disorders. Agencies and approaches that help disabled people lead better lives are surveyed.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 245 Theories and Techniques of Family Counseling (Fall)
A comprehensive overview of current theory, process and practice in family therapy, covering the field's major underpinnings. An examination of family systems theory and different approaches to working with families.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 246 Counseling Addictive Behaviors (Spring)
This course will investigate the psychological, socio-cultural, and physio-pharmacological foundations of addiction. Theories of addiction and treatment will be surveyed from social perspectives.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 247 Practicum/Demonstration: Techniques of Counseling (Fall, Spring)
This course enables students to understand and apply techniques during the counseling process.
Co-requisite: GHU 242. 1 credit

GHU 248 Health Issues of the Disabled (upon request)
This course will give students the information and skills needed to meet the basic health needs and health problems of the clients. It will explore common diseases, infection control, chronic ailments, and AIDS. The course will teach students the skills of medicine administration, First Aid, and CPR. The area of medication, negative reactions and emergency interventions will be surveyed.
Prerequisite: GHU 244. 3 credits

GHU 249 Recreation for the Disabled (upon request)
Socialization and recreation are important issues in working with the disabled. This course will focus on the needs of the various disabled client groups and will teach students how to design appropriate activities for clients.
Prerequisite: GHU 244. 3 credits

GHU 250 Internship & Case Presentation (upon request)
Students will be assigned a day treatment center or group home where they will learn to apply counseling and behavior modification techniques, as well as work with behavioral goals and treatment planning. In class sessions students will discuss their cases. In addition to oral presentations, they will be asked to write a case study based on their fieldwork.
Prerequisites: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 251 Principles of Human Services Administration (Fall)
Basic theories of administration and supervision. Effective organizational models, philosophy, goals, and styles of leadership appropriate for human service agencies and programs.
Prerequisite: GHU 141. 3 credits

GHU 253 Social Agency Administration (Spring)
A comprehensive experience- based study of administrative techniques and procedures used in planning, staffing, managing and evaluating social services. The administrator's responsibilities to policy-making bodies, agency personnel, and the community.
Prerequisite: GHU 251. 4 credits

GHU 254 Public Policy: Legal and Social Mandate of Developmentally Disabled Persons (upon request)
This course will take a historical perspective of societal attitudes toward the mentally retarded and disabled person. Topics to be covered include the early treatment of the mentally retarded, early attempts to train and classify the developmentally disabled individual, early attempts at legislation, and the major theorists throughout history. These topics will be explored chronologically, from the earliest attempts to care for the mentally retarded. The course will also include a review of the legal rights protecting the developmentally disabled individual, as well as the growing political clout of the parent and self advocacy movements.
Prerequisite: GHU 140. 3 credits

GHU 255 Educational Models for the Developmentally Disabled Learner (upon request)
This course will cover a variety of teaching techniques used with the developmentally disabled population. Included will be a review of behavior modification, social learning theory, gentle teaching and positive behavior supports. Current trends in teaching, including facilitated communication, will be covered with related research. The controversy over mainstreaming will
be explored, as well as treatment planning, Individual Education Plan (IEP) and functional education. Adaptive technologies will also be reviewed.
Prerequisite: GHU 140. 3 credits

GHU 256 Health Issues Relating to the Developmentally Disabled Individual (upon request)
This course will cover medication administration and the monitoring of medical needs. The health needs of developmentally disabled individuals will be discussed with special emphasis on the needs of those with medical components to their disability. The research pertaining to the linkage of physical attributes and brain damage will be reviewed, as will some of the more uncommon diagnostic categories, e.g., Tourette's Syndrome. Infection control issues will be discussed, as will the prevalence of diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS among the developmentally disabled population.
Prerequisite: GHU 140. 3 credits.

GHU 257 Public Policy and Services for Older Adults (Spring)
This course will introduce students to the policies, politics and programs of an aging society. We will examine the historical, social, economic and demographic issues affecting the elderly. We will also provide and overview of federal, and local legislation and their impact on the elderly. This course will explore the implications of age-based programs such as, Medicare, Social Security and OAA on the "Soon-to-be elderly."
Prerequisite: GHU 141. Co-requisite: GSO 233. 3 credits

GHU 258 Survey of Community Needs and Resources (Fall)
This course provides the student with an overview of the importance of assessing community resources and needs, and how the appropriate use of local resources can play a major role in the delivery of meaningful human services. This course will explore how community needs are determined, and how to make the best use of local services. The key role of community based organizations and local community groups will be discussed. The role played by community workers will be explored as well as the one-stop shopping approach to the delivery of human services.
4 credits

GHU 260 The Family in the Urban Setting (Spring)
This course will examine the impact of the urban environment on the family, exploring a number of contemporary issues such as crime, poverty, drug addiction, homelessness, urban blight, racism, teenage parenting, etc. It will also examine a series of program models, services or treatment modalities developed to assist families in meeting and resolving these issues and will review the role of the Human Services practitioner as an advocate and resource for families coping with urban life.
Prerequisite: GPS 224. 3 credits

GHU 261 Child Care and Advocacy (Fall)
This course will provide both a theoretical and a practical approach to the issues of physical and emotional child abuse and molesting by family members and strangers. It will provide an understanding of the effects of such abuse on the victim as well as the dynamics causing such behavior in the victimizer. Finally it will provide an overview of treatment interventions for the child, parents, and other victimizers. There will be an emphasis on how to develop a network and referral system with social service agencies, hospitals, courts, and child protection services.
Prerequisite: GPS 204. 3 credits

GHU 300 Survey of Human Services Policy (upon request)
The courses will familiarize students with the practical aspects of working in human services for all populations in need. An overview of social welfare policy in this area will be offered, as well as techniques of needs assessment and information necessary to make referrals.
Prerequisite: GHU 141. 3 credits

GHU 320 Recreation and Education Programs for Older Adults (Fall)
Examination of leisure from sociological and psychological points of view with focus on education, recreation, and creative arts as meaningful activities for older adults. Techniques of designing and implementing these programs in various settings for older adults.
Prerequisite: GHU 141. 3 credits

GHU 321 Counseling the Older Adult (Fall)
Counseling as an important human service to older adults during times of dependency and crisis. A survey of appropriate counseling approaches, such as individual, group, family, and recreational therapy, as well as working with institutionalized elderly suffering from organic brain syndromes. The role of self-help groups will also be explored.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 322 Counseling of Children and Adolescents (Fall)
This course will focus on the intervening role of the counselor and the techniques and skills necessary for working with children, adolescents, and family members who are experiencing the stress of normal and abnormal growth and change.
Prerequisite: GHU 240. 3 credits

GHU 323 Counseling People with Developmental Disabilities (Fall)
Counseling skills need to be modified when applied to people with developmental disabilities. Many have a limited ability to think abstractly, may have impaired judgment and memory, and often have difficulty generalizing from one situation to another. Counseling therefore needs to have a very concrete and specific orientation. Students learn to apply the general theories and techniques of counseling to their work with people with developmental disabilities. Both individual and group sessions will be discussed. Behavioral therapy will also be considered.
Prerequisite: GHU 244. 3 credits

GHU 326 Case Management I in Human Services (Fall, Spring)
This course explores the recent development of the innovative functions of case management in human services. It further examines the case manager's role and its importance to effective client services. Issues of assessing clients. needs, brokering for client services and monitoring the quality of services will be discussed.
Prerequisites: GHU 141. 3 credits

GHU 327 Case Management II in Human Services Administration (upon request)
This course examines Human Services Administration from a Case Management perspective. It examines the unique social welfare aspects of Case Management Administration Supervision, Staff recruitment, training and program evaluation. Issues of governmental regulation and financial reimbursement are carefully examined. The student will learn how to be self-critical through the examination of his/her own practice in the area of case management administration.
Prerequisite: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 328 Case Management II in Adult and Family Services (Spring)
This course identifies the unique treatment and service delivery issues inherent in working as a case manager with adults and families. The broad range of human services interventions with and for adults and families is examined. The effects of social and psychological stressors such as homelessness, child abuse, domestic violence and disability are explored. The Supportive and entitlement services available to the adult and family population are discussed. The advocacy, brokering and coordination challenge of working with adults sand families is given much attention through the students. critical examination of his/her practice.
Prerequisite: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 329 Case Management II in Gerontology (Spring)
This course provides students with the knowledge, skills and values essential to working with the elderly. The broad range of human service techniques, including those of individual, group and community interventions with and for the elderly is examined. Special emphasis is placed on supportive, supplemental and entitlement services available to the elderly. The brokering, advocacy and coordination challenge of working with the elderly as a human service worker is closely examined in each student's current practice.
Prerequisite: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 330 Case Management II in Child and Youth Services (Fall)
This course provides an in-depth approach to assessing the needs of children, including discussion of the rights and responsibilities that society has towards its children. It will explore the role of case management, advocacy and the process of networking services in the following areas: policy, intervention, family, juvenile justice system, public welfare, guardianship, education, foster care, child labor laws, protective services and adoption.
Prerequisite: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 331 Case Management II in Addiction Services (Fall)
This course provides an in-depth multicultural approach to assessing the needs of chemically abusing individuals. It offers comprehensive approach to the case management of addictive behaviors. The student will learn how to network with the judicial system, rehabilitation services and social services supports. The approach will be multicultural in its approach.
Prerequisites: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 332 Case Management II in Developmental Disabilities (Spring)
This course covers the role of the case managers in the current service environment, as well as the rights of the developmentally disabled individual in the Home and Community Based Service system (HCBSS). The theory of unbounded services is explored, and the implementation of this philosophy is reviewed. Community access and integration techniques are covered, including fostering choice and goal accomplishment in the developmentally disabled person. Finally, the various living options under the HCBSS waiver systems are reviewed.
Prerequisite: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 333 Health Issues Relating to the Elderly (Spring)
This course introduces students to the physical, mental and spiritual issues relating to the health of the elderly. It examines the trajectory of "able-bodied" and disabled aging. Using the issue of "who pays whom for what," it touches on current health care issues such as "setting limits," ethics, and managed care. This course explores the "advocacy challenge" which affects human service workers in the area of health care for the elderly.
Prerequisite: GHU 321. 3 credits

GHU 340 The Minority Elderly (upon request)
An exploration of the sociological factors that affect elderly people who are members of minority groups, with special emphasis on the African-American and Hispanic communities. The course focuses on the unique problems of minority aging and centers on service needs, barriers to obtaining services; and appropriate services, delivery systems and support networks in the community.
Prerequisite: GSO 233. 3 credits

GHU 342 Networking and Professional Relationships (upon request)
This course examines networking and the development of a professional relationship. The course provides the student with an elementary understanding of professional relationships and social support. Additionally, students develop the elementary knowledge and skills in the effective use of networking for building on patients. Students learn how to be self-critical through the examination of their own strengths and practice in the area of relationship development.
Prerequisite: GHU 326. 3 credits

GHU 351 Program Planning, Development and Evaluation (upon request)
A survey of the tools, techniques, and information necessary to aid in the planning and development of human services programs. Students learn how to evaluate the effectiveness of the programs they will administer in the future.
Prerequisite: GHU 253. 3 credits

GHU 400 Topics in Human Services (upon Request)
See semester bulletin for course title and description.
May be repeated for credit. 1-4 credits

GHU 441 Human Services Field Project I (Fall, Spring). Under supervision, the student designs and conducts as field work project which provides opportunities to apply classroom learning and gain experiences in his/her selected human services specialization. The field project requires 112 hours of fieldwork in an agency serving a population which is relevant to the specialization selected by the student.
Prerequisites: GHU 141, GHU 326, GPS 110, GSO 121, plus two required courses in the specialization. Department Chair approval is required. 4 credits

GHU 442 Human Services Field Project II (Fall, Spring)
This course allows students to expand their skills and knowledge through on-site training in an agency specializing in the area of the student's concentration. Under an agency supervisor, the student learns specific methods of service delivery and networking with related professional and service providers: logging, feedback and dealing with such issues as multicultural staffing and consumerism. To be eligible for the B.S. in Human Services, students are required to complete 112 hours of Field Project II in addition to the 112 hours already completed for Field Project I.
Prerequisite: GHU 441. 4 credits

RELATED COURSES
GPS 232 Behavior Management of Developmental Disabilities
(See Psychology listings)
GSO 217 Sociological and Cultural Comparatives on Addictive Substances
(See Sociology listings)
GSO 335 Selected Topic in Social Deviance (See Sociology listings)
GSO 350 Compulsivity . Abusive Relationships and Addictions (See Sociology listings)
GSS 217 HIV and Drug Addiction
(See Natural Science listings)

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