Human Services

The Human Services program prepares graduates to enter the social service workforce with the professional attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary to succeed. The program also provides specialized academic certificates for majors and those in the workforce seeking advancement in their field of specialization.  The AS in Human Services with the Certificates of Competence in Substance Abuse Counseling I and II fulfill the Dept. of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) educational requirements for Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC).  These certificates also qualify for 2000 of the 6000-hour fieldwork requirement for CSAC.  Human Services majors are required to earn a letter grade of C or better (or credit-by-exam) for each HSER, CHW, or SW course.

Contact the Program Coordinator, Selene LeGare, at 984-3338 or by email at slegare@hawaii.edu for a careful selection of courses.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the interpersonal and communication skills needed to build appropriate, collaborative, and respectful relationships with clients and colleagues.
  2. Apply key human services attitudes, skills, and knowledge to meet the needs of diverse populations in various practice settings.
  3. Identify vulnerable populations and the social conditions that contribute to their vulnerability, and describe advocacy strategies to help alleviate those conditions.
  4. Demonstrate awareness of personal values, professional strengths and challenges, and professional ethical guidelines.

Degrees and Certificates

Classes

HSER 101 : Community Health Worker Fundamentals

Identifies the roles Community Health Workers play in Hawai‘i and the broader public health system. Introduces the attitudes, skills, and knowledge of the profession.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22, or consent.

HSER 110 : Introduction to Human Services

Provides an overview of the Human Services field, including history of and perspectives on intervention and prevention. Emphasizes self-awareness and examines the attitudes, values, knowledge, and skills necessary for a career in Human Services. Includes a focus on local community resources and practice settings as well state and federal programs.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22, or consent.

HSER 111 : Community Action

Develops a concept of human needs and examines how social institutions and communities provide for such needs. Views selected social problems in community settings and how communities, agencies, and organizational structures function to deal with them. Introduces social-cultural considerations and community action strategies. Participants will identify a community problem/need and develop and implement a proposal for action.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22, or consent.

HSER 130 : Introduction to Youth Practitioner

Introduces the core skills needed by youth practitioners. Focuses on basic communication skills, growth and development of adolescents, family and cultures and their roles in development, and youth with special needs. Develops teamwork and basic workforce skills.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22, or consent.

HSER 140 : Individual Counseling

Provides an introduction to counseling skills and theory. Learners will practice interviewing and micro-skills through role-plays and be exposed to theories of counseling, assessment, and intervention, as well as ethical guidelines for work in the field of human services and the helping professions.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 22 with grade C or better, or placement at ENG 100, or consent.

HSER 145 : Working with Older Adults

Introduces students to the experience of aging and the issues affecting the elderly. Examines aging from developmental and person-in-environment perspectives. Identifies the social service needs of the elderly, local and federal programs, and implications for the “soon-to-be-elderly”.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 19 with grade C or better, or placement at least ENG 22, or consent.

HSER 194 : Seminar & Fieldwork I

Provides field experience through an internship at a local human services agency.  Includes weekly seminar to provide student with the opportunity to discuss fieldwork experiences.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor; HSER 140 with grade C or better, and ENG 22 with grade C or better or placement at ENG 100, or consent.

HSER 240 : Introduction to Motivational Interviewing

Introduces the theoretical and practical skills of Motivational Interviewing including the identification and development of skills and strategies across diverse practice contexts and populations.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

HSER 140 with grade C or better, or consent.

HSER 245 : Group Counseling

Includes theoretical and experiential training in facilitating groups. Designed to encourage understanding and skill development in selecting group members, establishing group norms and goals, and attending to ethical codes of conduct. Skill development includes setting group climate, developing group activities, promoting group and individual growth, and making appropriate group interventions with attention to special populations. Learners will be members of an in-class group and will be co-facilitating a group.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 22 with a grade C or better, or placement at ENG 100, or consent.  

HSER 248 : Case Management

Provides a systems-based orientation to the development of knowledge and skills needed to become a case manager in health and human services. Incorporates an ethical, culturally appropriate, strength-based, and client-centered approach. Skill development includes intake, assessment, service planning, care coordination, discharge planning, referral, advocacy, and documentation.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

HSER 140 with grade C or better, or consent.

HSER 256 : Dynamics of Family Violence & Sexual Assault

Promotes knowledge, skills, sensitivity, and self-care practices for engaging individuals and families affected by interpersonal violence. Examines historical, societal, and legal responses and resources. Content focuses on physical, emotional, and sexual victimization of vulnerable populations such as children, elders, and LGBTQ+. Addresses dating violence, human trafficking, and intimate partner violence. Examines current research on social, economic, cultural, family, and individual risk factors, perpetrator dynamics, effects of violence on victims and survivors, and effective intervention and prevention strategies. Learners have an opportunity to explore their own values and feelings in relation to a difficult subject matter.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 100 with grade C or better, or consent.

HSER 268 : Survey of Substance Use Disorders

Focuses on the continuum of substance use. Analyzes historical, societal, and cultural perceptions, and examines the impact of substance use and behavioral disorders on the individual, the family and the community. Reviews current trends, legal responses, and the effectiveness of various approaches utilized in the field.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

ENG 22 with grade C or better, or placement at ENG 100, or consent.

HSER 270 : Substance Use Disorder Counseling

Provides theoretical and experiential training in the prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare approaches applicable to a diverse substance use disorder population. Identifies ethical and legal issues encountered in the field. Covers aspects of the counseling process, specifically the 12 Core Functions utilized by the substance use disorder counselor.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

HSER 140 with grade C or better, or consent.

HSER 294 : Seminar & Fieldwork II

Provides advanced, field experience through an internship at a local human services human services agency.  Includes weekly seminar to provide students with the opportunity to discuss fieldwork experiences.

Credits

3

Prerequisites

Permission of instructor; and HSER 194 with grade C or better, and consent.