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Master of Science in Human Services with a concentration in Non-Profit Management

Curriculum

The Master of Science in Human Services is a 37-credit hour program consisting of eight core courses and an additional 12 credits in Human Service Non-Profit Management.

The program includes a foundations course, the sociology of human services, a graduate thesis, which serves as the program's capstone experience, and two practicum field courses as recommended by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education.  The curriculum is as follows:

Core Requirements 25 crs.
Courses
Credits
HSV501 Master of Science in Human Services Preparatory Course

HSV501

Master of Human Services Preparatory Course - 0 Credits (Pass/Fail)

This course is designed as an introduction to the MSHSV program in addition to providing an orientation to the process and technology essential for success in the program. This course will help develop critical thinking skills, professional graduate level writing skills, and review APA writing rules necessary for graduate students to complete the MSHSV program. The course will also be an introduction to quantitative and qualitative methods in research and serve to satisfy the statistics course requirement for admission to the MSHSV program. Additionally, the course will also expose students to relevant ethical and multicultural considerations necessary to be successful as a human service provider. This is a no-credit, pass/fail course with no pre-requisites.

0 crs.
HSV502 Human Services Ethics and Diversity

HSV502

Human Services Ethics and Diversity - 3 Credits

Consideration of theoretical and practical standards for ethically dealing with individuals and information about them in a multicultural framework within a variety of human service settings.

3 crs.
HSV504 Human Development Through the Lifecycle

HSV504

Human Development through the Lifecycle - 3 Credits

Examination of theories that are important to the study of lifespan development.  Approaches to physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development throughout the lifespan will be examined with a focus on the influence of context and culture on human development.

3 crs.
HSV510 Human Services Policy

HSV510

Human Services Policy - 3 Credits

A current examination of the social and public policies that impact the human service organization.  The course will address how human service organizations design, implement, and manage human service programs in response to the political environment and changes in the social environment.

3 crs.
HSV511 Human Service Management

HSV511

Human Service Management - 3 Credits (To be offered beginning January 2013)

This course provides students with knowledge, theory and technical skills in the administration of human service delivery systems. Course content includes management theory, principles of organization, planning, budgeting, fiscal responsibility, supervision and human resource management.

3 crs.
HSV512 Applied Research Methods in Human Services

HSV512

Applied Research Methods in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course presents an overview of frequently used quantitative and qualitative research methods. It prepares students to be critical consumers of scholarly social science research. It also examines the ways in which social science research can inform daily practice in various social service agencies.

Prerequisite: Completion of at least 21-24 credits

3 crs.
HSV593 Field Practicum I

HSV593

Field Practicum I - 3 credits

A two-module field placement designed to provide students with supervised human service experience in their particular areas of specialization. In addition to working in two field settings for a total of 360 hours, students are required to attend three online seminars for the first module of each field practicum. You are also required to contact your Academic Advisor prior to registering for these courses to insure that you have taken the necessary steps to secure a field placement prior to beginning these courses.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A + D concentration: One Core and HSV532.

and HSV594 Field Practicum II

HSV594

Field Practicum II - 3 credits

A two-module field placement designed to provide students with supervised human service experience in their particular areas of specialization. In addition to working in two field settings for a total of 360 hours, students are required to attend three online seminars for the first module of each field practicum. You are also required to contact your Academic Advisor prior to registering for these courses to insure that you have taken the necessary steps to secure a field placement prior to beginning these courses.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A + D concentration: One Core and HSV532.


or
HSV595 Advanced Field Practicum I

HSV595 and HSV596

Advanced Field Practicum I and II – 3 credits each (total 6 credits)

This course provides future human services managers, clinicians, and alcohol and drug treatment providers with the opportunity to put human services theory and principles into practice. The student will have the opportunity to learn by experience through a field placement at an approved human services agency in the community. Also of critical importance to the experience, the student will have an opportunity to share with his/her instructor and peers in detail the opportunities and challenges experienced at the practicum experience. A student who engages in this practicum experience is afforded the opportunity to gain additional practicum hours, which are invaluable in seeking employment in a human service agency. The student is also more likely to be well rounded and a more experienced clinician upon completion of the experience. Additionally, the student will be more competitive when seeking practicum placements where students (such as MSW or MA in Counseling Psychology) are competing with practicum placements with non-human services programs that require additional practicum hours. Each section (i.e., HSV 595 and HSV 596) requires a minimum of 550 hours of on-site experience. HSV595 and HSV596 provide an alternative to taking HSV593 and HSV594 and will be considered a course substitution.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A & D concentration: One Core and HSV532.

and HSV596 Advanced Field Practicum II

HSV595 and HSV596

Advanced Field Practicum I and II – 3 credits each (total 6 credits)

This course provides future human services managers, clinicians, and alcohol and drug treatment providers with the opportunity to put human services theory and principles into practice. The student will have the opportunity to learn by experience through a field placement at an approved human services agency in the community. Also of critical importance to the experience, the student will have an opportunity to share with his/her instructor and peers in detail the opportunities and challenges experienced at the practicum experience. A student who engages in this practicum experience is afforded the opportunity to gain additional practicum hours, which are invaluable in seeking employment in a human service agency. The student is also more likely to be well rounded and a more experienced clinician upon completion of the experience. Additionally, the student will be more competitive when seeking practicum placements where students (such as MSW or MA in Counseling Psychology) are competing with practicum placements with non-human services programs that require additional practicum hours. Each section (i.e., HSV 595 and HSV 596) requires a minimum of 550 hours of on-site experience. HSV595 and HSV596 provide an alternative to taking HSV593 and HSV594 and will be considered a course substitution.

Prerequisites: Clinical Concentration: HSV520 or HSV521 and HSV524; NPM: One core and one concentration course; A & D concentration: One Core and HSV532.

6 crs.
HSV698 Capstone Research Project I

HSV698

Capstone Research Project I - 2 credits

In this course, students will apply an action research approach to the development of an applied research project proposal. Students will be required to design practiced-based projects based on the application of human services principles to specific real-life problems to demonstrate theory applied to practice. Based on an “area of interests” statement created at the culmination of HSV512 and a comprehensive literature search, students will submit a research proposal for review and approval. NOTE: No transfer credits are allowed for this course.

Prerequisite: HSV512 and 21-24 credits

 

2 crs.
HSV699 Capstone Research Project II

HSV699

Capstone Research Project II — 2 credits

Students will apply an action research approach to the development of an applied research project proposal. Students will be required to design practiced-based projects based on the application of human services principles to specific real life problems to demonstrate theory applied to practice. Based on work completed in HSV 698, students will complete their applied research project by creating and submitting remaining aspects of the project including the gathering data section, data analysis and interpretation section, findings and implications leading towards action section, reference section, abstract section, first rough draft, and the final submission of the completed project. Students are required to have successfully completed HSV 698 before completing this course. NOTE: No transfer credits are allowed for this course.

Prerequisite: HSV698

 


    Prerequisite: HSV698
2 crs.
   
Master of Science in Human Services concentration
Non-Profit Management
12 crs.
Courses
Credits
HSV540 Human Service Management and Information Technology

HSV540

Human Service Management and Information Technology - 3 Credits

The course will survey the basic theoretical and conceptual skills required for the effective management of human service organizations in today’s varied and complex environment. The course also focuses on information technology applications and systems based on current computer and communication technology for human service managers.

3 crs.
HSV541 Financial Management of Non-Profit Organizations

HSV541

Finanical Management of Non-Profit Organizations - 3 Credits

This course teaches students the principles of financial management required for the planning, budgeting, and control functions of human service organizations. It includes the skills required for the analysis and interpretation of financial statements, interim and end-of-year reports, and the financial disclosures required by agency funding sources.

3 crs.
HSV542 Human Resource Management

HSV542

Resource Management in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course explores the working knowledge of human resource management in non-profit and public sectors of organizations using legal, technical and practical concepts. The course also examines issues related to compliance with federal and state employment laws, compensation systems, practical and affordable recruitment/retention strategies, problem performance analysis, and the development of personnel policies and job descriptions. The course teaches students how to combine human resource management theory with useful management practice to achieve organizational mission.

3 crs.
HSV544 Organizational Behavior (starting MOD 6 2013)

HSV544

Organizational Behavior and Development - 3 Credits

This course explores individual and small group behavior in organizations and the interpretation of this behavior in the context of the managerial environment. The nature of such concepts as influence, power and control, attitudes, communication, conflict, and interpersonal relations is explored to provide understanding of the dynamics of group behavior within organizations.

3 crs.
   
Grand Total
37 crs.
   
   

Additional Master of Science in Human Services Electives in Professional Counseling

Optional
Courses
Credits
HSV552 Professional & Ethical Orientation to Counseling

HSV552

Professional and Ethical Orientation to Counseling - 3 Credits

This course provides students with a realistic view of several critical issues which counselors in the field of human services encounter, in addition to providing best practices in addressing these dilemmas. Human service professionals often face ethical issues such as professionalism, aspirational ethics, decisions making, mandated reporting, crisis intervention and/or legal issues on a daily basis. Professional practice in a multicultural society, client rights and responsibilities will also be explored, in addition to confidentiality, privileged communication, record keeping, and other key issues that counselors are also addressed.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program, or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework hours in a helping-related program at another college or university.

3 crs.
HSV554 Multicultural Issues in Human Services

HSV554

Multicultural Issues in Human Services - 3 Credits

This course provides students with knowledge in the ways in which issues of multiculturalism can affect human services delivery. Course content includes examinations of oppression, discrimination, sexism, and other forms of prejudice, and their influence on the delivery of human services to culturally diverse and oppressed communities.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework in a helping-related program at another college or university.

3 crs.
HSV556 Career Counseling, Appraisal, and Development

HSV556

Career Counseling, Appraisal, and Development - 3 Credits

This course provides students with an introduction to the history of the career development practice. The course also explores the process of career counseling, assessments, and information dissemination. Students will also become familiar with the process of helping individuals take action in preparing for work in our present society in terms of employability skills and placement services. The course will also discuss the process of creating career development programs in both the public and private sector in addition to exploring trends and issues in the labor market and job search process.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program, or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework hours in a helping-related program at another college or university.

3 crs.
HSV558 Testing and Appraisal of Individuals and Groups in Human Services

HSV558

Testing and Appraisal of Individuals and Groups in Human Services - 3 credits

This course provides students with an introduction to psychological assessment measures commonly used individually or in group settings in a variety of human service agencies. The course is designed to provide students with information about test construction, administration, scoring, and interpretation. An introduction to intellectual, emotional, behavioral, and personality assessments for both children and adults will be examined.

Prerequisite: Either (a) 21-24 completed hours of graduate coursework in the Post University MSHSV graduate program or (b) a comparable number of graduate coursework in a helping-related program at another college or university.

3 crs.

 

The university reserves the right to change or update the curriculum at any time. The university will notify students of any changes officially through the university website.

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