BHHS 101 (Hybrid Course)
Introduction to Human Services
This course introduces students to the field of Behavioral Health and Human Services. In this course, students
gain an understanding of the historical underpinnings of the field. Students are also introduced to the work of the
human service provider and the milieu in which client services are provided. An exploration of ethics, values and
self-understanding as these apply to the human services worker also comprises an important element of the
course. An overview of research methods is included as well. This course requires students to come to class for
certain assignments and to complete other parts of the course on-line.
Human Development and Behavior in the Social Environment
The student will gain an understanding of human development throughout the life cycle using a
person-in-environment framework that includes the biophysical, psychological and sociological dimensions. Using
this framework, the student will learn how to assess the functioning of individuals, relevant to their particular life
stage, for planning helping interventions. Fulfills American/Global Diversity requirement.
Foundations of Addiction Studies
The biopsychosocial aspects of various addictive behavior will be examined. This will include the pharmacology of
addictive substances, the physiological effects on the user, the psychological consequences of use, and the
sociological conditions that cause and result from substance abuse. A brief history of drug and alcohol abuse will
be introduced, along with various treatment approaches to addictions.
Faith & Spirituality in Human Services
This course integrates secular helping skills with faith-based healing practices in human services. Students will
gain an understanding of community empowerment models of recovery and their interaction with faith and
spiritual beliefs. The course explores issues of cultural competence, ethical practice, and helping/healing
relationships. Human services practices are discussed in the context of systems that promote recovery and
resilience. The course concludes with a description of alternative healing resources that support optimal living.
BHHS 161 Introduction to Disability Studies3-0-3 (Hybrid Course)
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed for students who are preparing to or currently work in the field of disability services, which includes services to those with developmental, intellectual and physical disabilities. It provides students with the opportunity to develop an understanding and knowledge of disability services that takes into consideration the individual with a disability, societal influences, the environmental setting and disability law. Students will learn to employ recovery-centered planning and life skills training to support self-advocacy, productivity and inclusion of persons with disabilities in family, community and vocational settings. The role of the disability support provider, types of services and the manner in which services are delivered are also examined in this course.
BHHS 171 Introduction to Social Gerontology3-0-3 (Hybrid Course)
Credit Hours: 3
Survey course on issues affecting older adults. Among the topics are myths and realities, family, physical and mental health and health care, dying and death, minority status and retirement.
Open to all students.
BHHS 195 Practicum in Behavioral Health/Human Services I*3-12-3 (Hybrid Course)
Credit Hours: 3
This is the first of two practicum courses in which students work directly with clients. Students spend 12 hours per week (156 hours per semester) in a field placement related to their area of interest. In addition, during class time they discuss field experiences and present a case related to a client and/or agency.
Prerequisite: BHHS 111 with a “C” grade or better.
Assessment and Treatment of Addictive Behavior
The course will examine the psycho-social, cultural and spiritual aspects of addictive life styles. The student will be
introduced to counseling techniques, case management concerns, assessment issues, professional responsibility
and proper ethical practice. Special populations such as dually diagnosed clients and HIV substance abusers will
be discussed. Prerequisite: BHHS 121.
Prepares students to give immediate help to people experiencing crises. Applies a short-term crisis intervention
model for assessing and helping persons regain equilibrium during these crises experiences. Simulations and
role-playing activities are used to model crisis intervention with situations such as: posttraumatic stress disorder,
suicide, sexual assault, partner battering, addictions, and personal loss.