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INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES: HISTORY AND TRENDS, HSER 355T

Theory Seminar Syllabus

Instructor: Valerie Geaither
Address: 214 St. John's Hall, 700 E. 7th Street St. Paul, MN 55106-5000
Phone: 651-772-7842
Email: valerie.geaither@metrostate.edu

Overview:

The Introduction to Human Services Theory Seminar provides an historical, philosophical and theoretical framework for the basic knowledge that students have acquired from their experiences in the field of Human Services. The purpose of the seminar is twofold: one, to help participants integrate their experiential learning with different theories, models and ways of thinking about helping that have developed over time, and two, to provide an intellectual foundation for building a sound academic degree program as well as for participants' ongoing work and personal reflection as a human service professional.

Student Competence Statement:

Upon completion of this seminar students will know the different theoretical perspectives regarding helping well enough to utilize in understanding, assessing, and intervening at a basic level in a variety of human service helping situations.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will have an understanding of ...

Materials:

Texts:

Handouts:

Media: Select one. May be borrowed from local libraries or rented from local video outlets

Seminar Requirements/Expectations:

Attendance
In light of the limited number of sessions that the theory seminar meets, missing any one will seriously jeopardize a student's learning and grade outcome. Final evaluation will take into account attendance as well as student's demonstration during class of familiarity and mastery of the reading material.

Pre-session assignments-
These projects must be completed before each seminar session to facilitate active participation and maximum learning.

Book Critique -
All students will be required to do an extensive critique of the text, What's Love Got to Do with It? It must be at least five typewritten pages and address the questions that will be discussed during seminar sessions.

Seminar Outline/Schedule:

SESSION 1 -
Overview of History of Helping

SESSION 2 -
Overview of Theories for Human Service Practice

SESSION 3 -
Overview of Human Service Models, Strategies and Techniques for Human Service Delivery and Practice

SESSION 4 -
Overview of Ethical and Legal Considerations for the Human Service Professional

Student Evaluation:
Attendance (students will lose 10 points per absence) 40 points
Interview Reports (2 @ 60 points) 120 points
Movie Review 50 points
Book Critique 75 points

TOTAL = 285 points
A = 257 - 285 points  
B = 248 - 256 points  
C = 180 - 247 points  
D = 171 - 179 points  


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