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Human Services Practitioner (HSD)
Program Course Descriptions


CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
HUS101 The Human Services Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awarenesses which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
MEH105 Introduction to Mental Health Work
The field of mental health work will be examined, including the skills and abilities that a mental health worker needs to develop; the types of people needing help and where; basic theories of mental health and mental illness. Investigates the mental health field from a historical perspective and discusses current issues in this field. Upon completion of this course, students will know the basic areas of knowledge and practical applications this program encompasses.
PSY102 Introductory Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
PSY112 Introduction to Gerontology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Surveys major areas of concern in gerontology, including the physiological aspects of aging. Particular emphasis will be made in developmental tasks, role change in the family, community and the larger society, personal adjustment, facing death, economics, and societal responses to aging. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
IDS205 Community Problems and Social Issues
Pre: Communications and Mathematics Proficiencies
Explores the process of socalization and the relationship between the mental health delivery system and current social issues. Examines social issues from the functionalist, conflict and interactionist perspectives. Introduces students to the role local, state and federal governments play in responding to social issues and how students can become civically engaged in affecting public policy decisions and priorities. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives. (Formerly MEH205)
or  SWG203 Advocacy for Elders
Pre: PSY112
Designed to provide basic knowledge and techniques to use advocacy as a democratic process for change. Included in the course will be techniques for taking action with others to solve common problems. The course will provide an understanding of the legislative process in Massachusetts and practical ways of influencing representative government. Problems of Medicare, Medicaid, wills, fraud, and Social Security also will be presented.
CMP102-150 Composition 2 Elective
Pre: CMP101
Emphasis is on the principles and practices of newspaper writing, editing and the publication of printed media, typography, copyfitting, headline writing, and photo journalism. Two lectures and one writing lab are scheduled each week. The work may include writing for college or community publications. Fulfills open, liberal arts, composition 2, and humanities electives.
HUS102 Helping Skills in Human Services
Pre: HUS101
Designed to help develop individual and group interaction skills based on historical and contemporary models applicable in the field of Human Services work. Utilizing audio and video taping; role play; and active classroom participation in exercises designed to demonstrate competence in appropriate listening skills, problem solving, and decision making strategies.
HUS130 Life Changes & Crisis: Adaptation & Intervention
Pre:Communications Proficiency
Examines key life events leading to increased insight, change, adaptation, growth, stress and/or crisis in the life of an individual. Concentration on interpersonal relationships, social cohesion and conflict. Coping behaviors, models and counseling approaches to stress and crisis intervention will be studied and practiced in class situations.
HUS137 Field Placement 1: Human Services Practitioner
Pre: Communication Proficiency; MEH105 or PSY112, or permission of instructor
Through professionally supervised work with people in human service agencies and on-campus faculty guided seminars, students should be able to: critically examine their own values and personal attitudes toward the people they serve; communicate effectively with their fellow workers and the people they serve; utilize the skills they have learned by providing the appropriate support for the people they serve. (120 hours of field placement per semester and 2 hours of seminar per week.)
BIO108 The Body in Health and Disease
Pre: Communications Proficiency
A study of the interrelationships of anatomy, physiology, and pathology with chemical and microbiological consideration for students in the health care field. Primarily for mental health technicians, medical assistants, medical secretaries and public and environmental health officers. Fulfills open, science and liberal arts electives. (3 hours of lecture per week)
HUS104 The Field of Human Services: An Overview
Pre: HUS 101 or permission of instructor
Overview of the past, present and possible future methods and systems engaged in the delivery of Human Services. The student individually, and in groups, will examine many of the roles of the human service workers, including exploration of computer usage in human service agencies.
HUS132 Group Dynamics and Techniques
Pre:Communication and Mathematics Proficiencies
An introduction to the stages of group development and intervention strategies. This course will provide an overview of the various types of groups and the applicable counseling theories. Students will explore the contrast between the roles of a group member and facilitator through class simulations and practice.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
PSY210 Abnormal Psychology
Pre: PSY102 or PSY204
This course is a study of the common forms of maladaptive behavior. It concentrates on the major perspectives, classification, and study of the various mental and emotional disorders, illustrative cases, and concepts for prevention. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
MEH206 Advanced Helping Skills
Pre: HUS102
Builds upon the course, Helping Skills in Human Services, focusing attention on the different action steps used to deal with specific types of problems and people. Techniques of relaxation and shaping will be covered.
or  SWG104 Nutritional and Health Aspects of Aging
The student will gain information and skills needed to assess and improve nutritional and health patterns of the older adult. Emphasis will be placed on preventative health maintenance. Additionally, this course will explore attitudes and thoughts which have led to both problems in these areas and solutions to health and nutritional deficits among the elderly.
HUS108 Pharmacology for Human Services
Introduces the human services care giver to the use and effects of medications in acute, chronic, and home care settings with patients/clients throughout their life span. Emphasis will be placed on the physiology, indications, contraindications, actions, side effects, and behavioral manifestations of the various medications.
HUS138 Field Place & Seminar 2: Human Services Practitioner
Pre: Communications Proficiency; HUS137
Co: HUS139
Through professionally supervised work with people in human service agencies and on-campus faculty guided seminars, students should be able to: critically examine their own values and personal attitudes toward the people they serve; communicate effectively with their fellow workers and the people they serve; utilize the skills they have learned by providing the appropriate support for the people they serve. (120 hours of field placement per semester and 2 hours of seminar per week.)
HUS139 Field Place & Seminar 3: Human Services Practitioner
Pre: Communications Proficiency; HUS137
Co: HUS138
Through professionally supervised work with people in human service agencies and on-campus faculty guided seminars, students should be able to: critically examine their own values and personal attitudes toward the people they serve;communicate effectively with their fellow workers and the people they serve; utilize the skills they have learned by providing the appropriate support for the people they serve. (120 hours of field placement per semester and 2 hours ofseminar per week.)
OPN-ELECTIVE Open Elective(s)
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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