Career Differences Between Social Work and Human Services
Introduction to Health and Human Services (3 credits)
The health and human services field attracts individuals who are interested in a higher level of management, communication, leadership, and perspective. Those working in positions in this field often spend less time working one-on-one with individuals, and more time determining and planning the needs of the organization, so that it may best service the needs of its constituents. Individuals interested in a career in health human services can begin by earning a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Services.
Health and human services graduates interested primarily in clinical work may decide to pursue a graduate degree.
Social workers are required to earn a master’s degree and pass a licensure exam to serve as a licensed social worker (LSW). They typically spend more time “in the field” and may serve as professional counselors in their communities.
In comparison, health and human services professionals spend much of their time listening to clients, assessing their needs, organizing community services and providing access to resources to help improve their quality of life.
Applied Case Management (3 credits)
The course examines the human services as a profession, explores the history of the helping relationship, the human services movement, current influences of technology, managed care, and models of service delivery. Emphasis is on employment in the human services professions. Students will explore themselves as potential human service professionals.
Social Psychology (3 credits)
Students will discover the form and function of case management. Through the use of case studies, students will evaluate client needs and clarify the types of data necessary to ensure the timely, ethical, and effective delivery of services. In addition to practicing essential interviewing strategies, students will practice effective models of documenting and retrieving data.
Abnormal Psychology (3 credits)
The study of how the individual is influenced in his or her behavior, attitudes, perceptions, emotions, and thoughts by other people.
Legal and Ethical Issues in Human Services (3 credits)
Students will be exposed to the DSM-IV (diagnostic manual) and all psychological disorders from multiple perspectives. They will study many disorders, all disorders presently listed in the DSM-V, as well as case studies of disorders.
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3 credits)
Students will engage in ethical matter common to human services. A number of professional codes and values related to health care, education, social work, mental health, law enforcement, and criminal justice will be explored. Students are expected to become familiar with the ethical decision-making process and to apply these concepts.
This course exposes students to the nature of conflict within organizations and the various forms of employable conflict resolution techniques. Emphasis is given to overcoming positional or contentious strategies while building collaboration and offering choices. Focus is placed on understanding the interdependence of groups within the system and the cohesion necessary for organizational effectiveness.