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Human Services Courses offered at NICC

Associate of Arts - Human Services

Designed to provide students with knowledge and applications of the human services field. With a focus on applications in Native communities, this program prepares the students for work in various human services and counseling careers or further study toward a four-year degree.

HSC 115 INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN HUMAN SERVICES (3)

Introduction and orientation to the applied nature of human services within tribal communities. The course is designed to provide an overview of the issues with which clients struggle as well as the concerns of human services providers. Students in this course may be interested in careers in areas including social work, family violence, chemical dependency, child protection, mental health, and program management. This course is intended to serve as a realistic orientation to this package of careers.

Prerequisite:  ENG 099 or placement testing equivalent.

HSC 120 INTRODUCTION TO COUNSELING TECHNIQUES (3)

Intensive study of interviewing and counseling methods and techniques with emphasis on effective skill building and communication patterns between client and counselor. When relevant, the course content will explore both Indian and non-Indian counseling issues.

Prerequisite:  HSC 115

HSC 210 STRATEGIES IN GROUP COUNSELING SKILLS (3)

This course emphasizes the principles of group processes. The course studies how groups function and how they can assist individual members to handle personal problems. Students must develop an awareness of the various theories of group counseling and practice as well as how to be an effective group member and leader. When relevant, the course content will explore both Indian and non- Indian viewpoints. The student will utilize critical thinking skills for comparing and contrasting these viewpoints.

Prerequisites:  HSC 115 and 120.

HSC 215 MULTICULTURAL COUNSELING(2)

Students will gain an understanding of cultural sameness and differences, and the effects on human experience.   Historical, political, social and economic influences of culture will be discussed.  Special counseling techniques applicable to minority groups and variations from traditional counseling will be studied and practiced.

Prerequisite:  HSC 115

HSC 225 ALCOHOL/DRUG ASSESSMENT, CASE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT (2)

The focus of this course is on the skills and tools of assessment of the individual regarding alcohol and other drug abuse/addiction. This course fulfills Nebraska State License requirements for Alcohol and Drug Counseling.

Prerequisites: HSC 115 and 120

HSC 230 INTRODUCTION TO FAMILY COUNSELING (3)

Marriage and the Family affords students the opportunity to examine some traditional and emerging aspects of women’s and men’s roles in marriage and families. It also looks at ways in which family lifestyles have changed over the years. In addition, the class studies various types of human relationships.

Prerequisite:  HSC 115

HSC 240 MEDICAL/PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF CHEMICAL DEPENDENCIES (3)

The focus of this course is on the medical and psychological nature and impact of alcohol and other drug abuse and addictions upon the individual.

Prerequisite: HSC 115

HSC 250 CRISIS INTERVENTION (3)

This course focuses on the identification of situations having the potential for crisis. Discussions will involve description of clients, theories devoted to the explanation and possible resolution of crisis situations, and an explanation of counseling techniques. Integral to the class will be role-playing and library research. Bereavement, rape, child abuse, family counseling, and alcoholism will be covered. Prerequisite: HSC 115 and 120

HSC 260 ETHICAL AND LEGAL ISSUES IN THE HUMAN SERVICES PROFESSIONS (3)

This course examines ethical and legal issues of concern to the human services field drawn from the ethical standards of the professional associations and application in Native communities.

Prerequisite: HSC 115

HSC 275 CLINICAL TREATMENT IN CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY (2)

This course provides the student with specific interventions to be applied in chemical dependency treatment and recovery programs.

Prerequisite: HSC 115 and HSC 120.

HSC 290 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

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HSC 299 INTERNSHIP/PRACTICUM (3)

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