Department website: http://www.odu.edu/chs
Mark Refhuss, Chair
The Department of Counseling and Human Services offers one undergraduate program, the Bachelor of Science in human services. On the graduate level, the department offers the Master of Science in Education in counseling, an advanced Education Specialist degree in counseling, and a counseling emphasis in the PhD in Education program. Once admitted to the human services program, students must consult their advisors regarding program requirements and selection of courses.
Bachelor of Science Program
Human Services (HMSV)
Students will learn concepts and theories of interpersonal relationships. Development of skills necessary for effective communication will be stressed.
Students will learn about human services, the helping process, and the role and function of the human service worker. Students will be exposed to local and state human services facilities.
Presents theories and techniques used by human services workers in a variety of settings.
Focuses on career development throughout the life span with emphasis on vocational theories, interventions, assessments, and socioeconomic factors.
This course serves as an introduction to multicultural helping. The influence of socio-identities (e.g., race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation) on individuals' functioning, concerns, and the helping process will be explored.
Students will visit and examine human services systems such as mental health, substance abuse, criminal justice, education, rehabilitation, and professional associations to facilitate decision-making in selecting an internship and to gain a complex understanding of the roles of the human services professional.
Individual study under the supervision of an undergraduate faculty member.
This course presents models and practices in evaluating, monitoring, and implementing human services programs. The course includes an overview of funding, creating budgets and monitoring expenditures for programs. This is an upper-level writing intensive class. A grade of C or better is required.
This course combines lectures and experiential learning about psycho-educational groups. Principles and practices for developing and leading psycho-educational groups are emphasized.
This course develops the professional identity of the student as a practitioner of substance abuse services while introducing the student to the signs and symptoms of substance abuse, the recovery process and relapse prevention methods.
This course provides an overview of how human service workers assist children in a variety of settings. Emphasis will be placed upon advocacy, supportive work, and short term crisis intervention.
This course explores effective crisis intervention, examines prevention strategies, and develops students' ethical decision making within human service practice.
This course explores effective substance abuse treatment planning and intervention strategies through lectures and experiential learning and examines research trends in the substance abuse field.
This course is an in-depth, cross-disciplinary study of cultural similarities and differences in approaches to social conflict and other social problems in the United States and in Ireland. A two-week study abroad period will bring students into intensive contact with educators, scholars, and community activists in Ireland. This course will also serve as an introduction to multicultural helping. The influence of socio-identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, religion, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation) on individuals' functioning, concerns, and the helping process will be explored.
This course involves field placement in a human services setting. Approximately 400 hours are devoted to field placement, group seminars and individual supervision.
This course provides a study of the family as a system and an introduction to a variety of issues confronting the family, including child abuse, substance abuse and addiction, spouse abuse, and others that produce more than usual stress in the family. Available community resources for helping families will be examined.
This course is designed to expose human service students to the art of ethical fund-raising in human services, including annual and capital campaigns, telemarketing, special events, direct mail marketing, face-to-face solicitation, e-fund-raising, and grant writing. This course replaced HMSV 441. Students with credit for HMSV 441 cannot receive credit toward their degree for HMSV 494.
The study of selected topics in human services.