This course is designed as an introduction to the study of substance use and addiction. Current research in the pharmacology and physiology of addictive processes is considered as well as current models for understanding chemical dependence, recovery and relapse. Students learn how the addictive process is assessed and professionally treated and how treatment is individualized based upon the physical, emotional and social needs of the client, including family therapy and self-help programs. The course concludes by focusing on the effects of a few of the more prevalent substances currently being abused, strategies for responding to them and harm reduction.

This is "home base" for your fully on-line Fam 180 course

FAM 180, Family Dynamics, is designed to provide students with a variety of theoretical perspectives to understanding families.  It considers the diversity of families through the lenses of the life course perspective and political policies. Family formation, parenting, separation and divorce and aging are all examined.  Family issues are also considered, including marriage and death rituals, work and poverty, same sex relationships, disabilities and immigrants. Policies that affect families are explored through an examination of violence in the family and political trends. The course is intended to be a foundation for further study of families.

This course will provide the student with an opportunity to examine personal goals, values and attitudes; develop and practice listening and responding skills, and become more aware of personal strengths and limitations. Designed to help gain self-understanding in order to be more effective in working with people. This course if offered on campus.

HSER 255 Professional Foundations for Human Services

HSER 257, Mental Health Issues: Practical Responses, provides instruction in a variety of rehabilitative and treatment modalities used in work with marginalized populations. Attitudes toward mental health and substance use problems and how they impact helper effectiveness are explored in a supportive milieu. Evidence-based practices such as Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Harm Reduction are used as frameworks for the development of skills and knowledge. Students are introduced to strategies for overcoming stigma and supporting client empowerment in a variety of community and facility settings.

This site compliments the face to face classes. This course is designed to provide an overview of the child and youth care field, and the professional identity of child and youth care workers, which will enable students to work with and advocate for children, youth and families more effectively. The historical development of the field is explored and students gain a working understanding of the key concepts and basic principles of practice in the child and youth care field. They also develop a clear understanding of the similarities and differences in the role and function of child care professionals and other human service professionals.

This is a directed studies methods course for working with a specified client population. Students are expected to demonstrate a basic understanding of the specific theoretical approaches to working with the specific client population. Further, they are expected to demonstrate an in depth understanding of the specific concerns and issues related to a distinctive group, such as people with specific disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, people who experience violence, community-based advocacy, etc.