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2022-23 RCC Catalog


HS-Human Services

Career and Technical Courses

HS100 (3 credits)
Introduction to Human Services

Provides general introduction to the field of Human Services and related helping professions. Invites students to explore their own biases, values, and beliefs as they relate to choosing Human Services as a profession. Course is a required class for any Human Services degree or certificate and is a prerequisite to practicum placement. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a Human Services program

HS115 (1 credit)
Principles of Client Record Management

Familiarizes students with the key concepts of clinical documentation related to screening and intake processes, assessments, treatment plans, reports, progress notes, discharge summaries, and other client-related data. Oregon Department of Human Services, American Society of Addiction Medicine, and other professionally relevant criteria will be introduced. Students will learn to respect clients' right to privacy and confidentiality, and to appreciate the importance of accurate, timely documentation and the necessity of safeguarding client records. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a Human Services program.

HS144 (1 credit)
Introduction to Assertiveness

Examines assertiveness and its relationship to personality development. Focuses on responsible assertive behavior in everyday life; emphasizing communication which respects self and others. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement scores.

HS152 (1 credit)
Stress Management

Provides an experiential learning experience geared to developing an understanding of personal stress levels. The course provides a variety of tools to develop stress management strategies.

HS155 (4 credits)
Interviewing Theory and Techniques

Provides theory and practice in basic counseling skills. This course is based on Carl Rogers’ active listening approach. The course also helps students begin to think critically about their own counseling skills and to document the process in written format. Prerequisites: HS100 and HS170.

HS158 (3 credits)
Trauma-informed Care: Theory and Practice

Introduces students to the phenomenon of psychological trauma as well as the impact of physical trauma on the psychological functioning of individuals, couples and families. This course will include the history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma, and its impact on the developing individual across various domains of functioning. Surveys promising practices in the healthcare field, the effects of working with trauma survivors on service providers and the unintended re-traumatization of survivors by social service systems. Students will explore the concept of trauma-informed care and be introduced to examples of trauma-informed systems. Prerequisites: WR115 or designated placement score, and PSY201. Recommended prerequisite: PSY202.

HS170 (3 credits)
Introduction to Practicum

Provides background and specific skills needed to select and succeed in a practicum placement. It also provides information and a foundation for employment in the human services field by helping develop information and contacts for community agencies. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a Human Services program

HS175 (1 credit)
Ethics for Counselors

Prepares students for ethical decision making in the human services field. Includes study of selected professional Codes of Ethics. Case studies will be utilized for additional practice and integration. Prerequisite: HS100 and acceptance into a Human Services program.

HS199 (variable credits)
Human Services: Selected Topics

Presents special topics in human services including, but not limited to, adult children of trauma, drug and alcohol abuse among the elderly, client record management, and eating disorders. Prerequisite: Acceptance into a Human Services Program.

HS200 (3 credits)
Child Abuse and Neglect

Examines historical and contemporary perspectives on child maltreatment, including neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and ritualistic abuse of children. The course will also touch on various type of elder abuse. Students will study the psycho-social impact of maltreatment on victims and their families, along with treatments available for survivors, abusers and their families. Students will be acquainted with the developmental, medical and legal aspects of the different types of abuse and will study the indicators of abuse, intervention, prevention, reporting criteria, and legal procedures. Formerly offered as HDFS260. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

HS201 (3 credits)
Family Dynamics

Explores the dynamics of the family and its role in shaping the lives of its members. It offers a framework of understanding the influences of family, focusing on both effective and maladaptive responses to stressors such as poverty, addictions, divorce, etc. This understanding is central to the further study of how social services are designed and delivered to individuals and families in need. It is a required course in the Human Services AAS program, and an elective for transfer students in human services. Prerequisites: HS155 and PSY201.

HS202 (3 credits)
Counseling the Chemically Dependent Client

Provides an overview of the scope of chemical dependency issues, including demographics of alcohol and drug use, the brain and drugs, addiction definitions, theories and dynamics, treatment modalities, denial and other psychological defenses, counseling techniques, functions and techniques of interventions and confrontations, pharmacotherapy, countertransference, codependency dynamics, relapse dynamics, psychoeducation, and self-help. Prerequisites: HS155 and SOC243 or CJ243.

HS210 (3 credits)
Motivational Interviewing

Designed as the second in a two-course sequence (See HS155) designed to introduce students to intentional interviewing and as a foundation for developing basic counseling skills. Focus will be on developing more intensive counseling skills with significant opportunity for hands-on practice. Prerequisites: HS155 and HS202.

HS260 (4 credits)
Group Counseling

Provides students with the theory and skills of small group dynamics. Focuses on group formation, development of norms, conflicts and controversy, and performance and evaluation. Includes group leader competencies; skills and attitudes; therapeutic factors; group goals and structure; client screening, stages; rules and client roles; phases of group, group problems and issues; opening and closing techniques; group ethics and client termination processes; the role of values, catharsis, transference and counter transference; self-disclosure; and working with a co-leader and counselor. Prerequisites: HS155, HS202 and HS210.

HS261A (1 credit), HS261B (2 credits)
HS261C (3 credits), HS261D (4 credits)
HS261E (5 credits), HS261F (6 credits)
HS261G (7 credits)
Human Services Practicum and Seminar

Provides on-site clinical and community experience with human service organizations plus weekly seminars. Students are expected to arrange for a field placement with an approved agency prior to the start of class. Seminars are designed to provide supervision and help students integrate field, classroom experiences and interviewing skills. Prerequisites: HS100 and HS170.

HS265 (3 credits)
Counseling Theories

An introductory course covering the theoretical concepts and practical applications of counseling intervention strategies for the beginning helping professional. Specific topics: the helper as a person and as a professional including values, attitudes and ethics; an understanding of cultural issues that create barriers to helping; and the counseling intervention models of Psychoanalytical, Gestalt, Existential, Cognitive-behavioral and Family therapies. Prerequisites: HS155, HS202 and HS210.

HS266 (3 credits)
Crisis Intervention Strategies

Part of a sequence of courses teaching theory and practice in assessment, intervention, and case handling strategies for the helping professional. The current course focuses on crisis situations, including assessment of function and lethality, appraisal of the individual, intervention strategies, case management, referral resources, ethical and professional issues, and specific situational stressors which may lead to a crisis state. Emphasis is on defusing the crisis situation, enhancing mobility and self-determination and ensuring the safety of the client and community. Suicide and other dangers to self and others are of particular concern, as well as the personal and social implications of involuntary hospitalization, civil commitment, and follow-up treatment, including delayed stress reactions and other consequences of crisis events. Prerequisites: HS155 and HS210.

HS268 (3 credits)
Co-occurring Disorders: Introductory Theory and Counseling

Designed to provide entry level scope and depth of information relative to those human services helpers who are working with clients with a dual diagnosis, to specifically mean clients with both a mental health and an addictions diagnosis. Historical assessment and treatment processes as well as current, state of the art models and systems will be studied. Relevant terminology from both the mental health and addictions arenas will be examined. Professional preparation, systems proficiencies and barriers will be evaluated. Primary field data for mental health and addictions will be surveyed for dual diagnosis context. Pharmacotherapy of the dual diagnosed client will be reviewed. Special assessment, diagnosis, and treatment issues will be examined, as well as family and community system variables. Specific dyads of mental health diagnoses with addictions diagnoses will be studied for case dynamics and special, individual considerations. Networking, team application, and multiagency collaboration will be studied. Lastly, participants will examine personal perspectives, beliefs, concerns, anxieties, and attitudes about mental health and addictions concepts and dual diagnosis clients. Prerequisites: HS155, HS202 and HS210.

HS299 (variable credits)
Human Services: Selected Topics

Presents special topics in human services including, but not limited to, trauma, drug and alcohol abuse, client record management, and client contact. Prerequisites: May vary depending upon specific offering.

2022-23 RCC Catalog