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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.
Students will have an understanding of ...
Media: Select one. May be borrowed from local libraries or rented from local video outlets
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.
These projects must be completed before each seminar session to facilitate active participation and maximum learning.
All students will be required to complete interviews of several currently active human service professionals (see instructions below in outline) and to present findings to the seminar group. In addition, findings should be typed up in report form and submitted to instructor on the date due.
All students will be required to view and review at least one of the popular movies listed above. The review should summarize the movie and elaborate on the content and its relevancy to the designated human service issue by addressing the specific questions highlighted in the seminar outline.
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.
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
|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|