Counseling and Human Services

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Counseling and Human Services

Department Chair: John Rosicky, Ph.D.

Description

The counseling and human services program is nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (http://www.cshse.org). Graduates of the program are prepared to take the exam for certification as a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) offered by the Center for Credentialing and Education.

The program equips students to assume careers in counseling and human services, working with a broad range of age groups (from infants to seniors) in many different areas, such as administration, business and industry, child welfare, criminal justice and corrections, developmental disabilities, education, gerontology, health care, higher education, and public welfare. The courses also prepare students to further their education in graduate programs such as human services, school counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, and related social science disciplines.

The curriculum focuses on theory, research, and application, with field experience as a crucial part of the program. Their coursework gives students a strong background in how individuals and families develop and function. Students also acquire the skills necessary to provide services to people in need. Optional tracks are available in addictions and mental health counseling and child, adolescent, and family services. The courses within the tracks are open to all students who meet the prerequisites.

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track

The Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track prepares students to work with clients who have substance abuse or other mental health issues. This option provides the academic work required for certification by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists as a certified associate counselor-alcohol and drug (CAC-AD). Certification requires additional supervised work experience following graduation.

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services Track

This track is for students interested in pursuing careers directly related to children and families. The track emphasizes social services available to support families such as child protective services, adoption and foster care systems, school-based support, and support for families in need. Emphasis is placed on child development, crisis intervention, coping skills, and resiliency.

Community Health Track

The track in Community Health brings together courses in Community Health, Biology, Human Services, and Communication to prepare students to become effective health educators and program coordinators/managers who support health and wellness for individuals and communities. Community health professionals organize and evaluate programs based on assessed needs of their target populations. Community health workers help medical professionals and educators by interacting with community members, collecting data, and implementing health and wellness programs.  Students who complete a Community Health degree go on to work in fields such as health education, fitness and recreation, occupational therapy, and health management, and are prepared to pursue graduate school in nutrition, public health, and health promotion.

Objectives

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Science in Counseling and Human Services, graduates will be able to:

  1. Apply research findings to analyze common problems encountered in the counseling & human services field and develop appropriate solutions.
  2. Develop individualized professional development goals and objectives, based on comprehensive self-evaluation and feedback from faculty and supervisors.
  3. Exhibit consistent professional attitudes and behaviors in applied counseling & human services settings.
  4. Exhibit culturally sensitive behavior in professional human services settings.
  5. Exhibit effective and appropriate interpersonal skills in professional counseling & human services settings.
  6. Synthesize and appropriately apply key concepts, methods and values in counseling & human services to professional situations, independently and with minimal supervision.

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track Objectives

Upon completion of the addictions and mental health counseling track, graduates will be able to:

  • Act in accordance with the ethical principles and practices of the addiction counseling field (as specified for fulfillment of ethics requirement for certification as a Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol & Drug).
  • Apply screening techniques in order to identify level of risk, needs, and strengths in individuals.
  • Formulate multidimensional treatment plans.
  • Analyze theories of counseling related to addictions and mental health.
  • Critique the process of intervention and various options for intervention.
  • Demonstrate counseling competencies (including motivational interviewing and multicultural counseling).
  • Describe major categories of psychological disorders and criteria for diagnosis, as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services Track Objectives

Upon completion of the child, adolescent, and family services track, graduates will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast programs within the child welfare system (child protective services, family preservation services, foster care, and adoption).
  • Interpret the impact of the legal system on the various aspects of the child welfare system.
  • Apply specific strategies for resolving problems and conflicts using effective communication skills.
  • Identify stages in physical, cognitive and emotional development in children.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies to assist children and youth in coping with life stresses.
  • Describe risk, resiliency, and protective factors that help children, youth, and families build capacity to overcome adversity.

Community Health Track Objectives

Upon completion of the community health track, graduates will be able to:

  • Outline the history, philosophy, and social factors which influence the contemporary view of health.
  • Critically evaluate public health methods used to prevent and control communicable diseases and prevent and manage disasters that affect the health of communities.
  • Compare and contrast methods for changing health behavior.
  • Explain and analyze laws and regulations which influence implementation of health policies.
  • Apply the population perspective and evidence-based methods to define and address health needs of vulnerable groups in the U. S. and the society at large.

Policies

Students must earn a minimum GPA of 2.00 in the major, however, in order to advance to the senior practicum, students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.50. The lowest acceptable grade is a "C" in all courses listed in the catalog under "Program Requirements" for the major, including both courses in the major and SEE courses required by the major. No student, regardless of major, will be permitted to advance to the next course without earning a grade of "C" or better in the prerequisite course(s). When a grade below "C" is earned in a major course, the student must repeat that course.

Requirements

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in counseling and human services. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements:

FYS 100First Year Seminar

1 credit

CHS 101Family Studies

3 credits

CHS 105Human Services and Social Policy

3 credits

CHS 217Professional Development in Counseling & Human Services

3 credits

CHS 220Diversity and Cultural Competence

3 credits

CHS 224Research Methods and Writing

3 credits

CHS 270Psychopharmacology and Addictions

3 credits

CHS 315/515Group Counseling

3 credits

CHS 340/540Administration of Human Services

3 credits

CHS 360Counseling Strategies for Individuals

3 credits

CHS 380Internship in Counseling and Human Services

3 credits

CHS 430Family Dynamics and Interventions

3 credits

CHS 440Practicum in Counseling and Human Services

9 credits

CHS 441Seminar in Counseling and Human Services

3 credits

MATH 136Introduction to Statistics

4 credits

or

PSY 136Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences

4 credits

PSY 101Introduction to Psychology

3 credits

PSY 108Human Growth and Development

3 credits

SOC 101Introduction to Sociology

3 credits

Students who do not declare a track must also take 5 focused electives. At least 2 courses must be CHS courses; please see an advisor for the approved list.

Students also have the option of selecting a track in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling or Child, Adolescent, and Family Services, or Community Health.

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling

All major requirements and the following track courses

CHS 370Ethics in Counseling

3 credits

CHS 371Assessment and Treatment of Addictions

3 credits

PSY 215Psychopathology

3 credits

Two additional focused electives - 6 credits

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services

All major requirements and the following track courses

CHS 275Services for Children and Youth

3 credits

PSY 206Child Development

3 credits

and

CHS 362Trauma and Crisis Intervention

3 credits

or

CHS 365Coping, Resilience and Growth-Focused Counseling

3 credits

and

Two additional focused electives - 6 credits

Community Health Track

All major requirements and the following track courses

BIO 280Nutrition Science

3 credits

BIO 332Epidemiology

3 credits

CMH 210Introduction to Community Health

3 credits

CMH 2XX Healthcare Systems and Administration - under development.

CMH 3XX Seminar in Community Health - under development.

CM 2XX Health Communication - under development.

 

Suggested Course Sequence

2020 - 2021 Counseling and Human Services SCS

Minor in Counseling and Human Services

The minor in counseling and human services requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an CHS prefix. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Other Options

BS/MS Option: The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in counseling and human services who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master’s degree in Healthcare Management or a degree in Community-Based Education and Leadership. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the Stevenson University Online catalog.

Course Descriptions

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