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Human Services Associate Program Code 105203

Associate Degree

A Northcentral Technical College program offered at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For information call Toll-free: (888) 385-6982.

This program is eligible for financial aid ONLY from Northcentral Technical College.

The Human Services Associate Degree program trains people to provide education, support, care, advocacy, and/or crisis intervention in a human service agency. Learners acquire the skills needed to work with individuals, groups and communities. Key components of this degree include: cultural awareness and an understanding of diverse cultural groups, a responsible attitude, commitment to serve others, and effective communication skills. Students will gain occupational experience through Internship 1 and Internship 2.

Employment Potential

Potential Occupations within Health and Human Services to potentially include: Youth worker, Crisis worker, domestic violence advocate, personal care worker, probation and parole.

Note

. Health care facilities participating in internships require an official criminal background check in compliance with Wisconsin Statutes 1998 Caregiver Law.
. Admitted students may be invited to attend the Human Services program orientation; attendance is strongly recommended.
. Internships are required as part of the program. These may be unpaid. Please work with your program faculty to establish Internship 1 and 2 sites.
. Health care facilities participating in internships require students to complete a health history with examination and recommendation from a physical including documentation regarding immunity status for rubella, rubella, (measles), varicella (chickenpox), and mumps prior to the start of field experiences. Also, a negative PPD (TB skin test) must be documented within the 3 months prior to beginning any field experiences. If a positive PD is noted, the student will need to provide documentation and certification by a licensed physician that he/she is not a health risk to vulnerable third parties.
. Students will be required to cover any expenses related to the internships.
. Admission and Notification Priority: Applicants who meet the admission requirements will be admitted in order of completed application dates. Accepted students will be given the option to defer their start date two consecutive times. Should a candidate accept an admittance date and then withdraw less than one month before the semester begins, the candidate will need to reapply.
. For more information, please call Toll Free: 1.888.NTC.7144

Program Outcomes

. Model a commitment to cultural competence
. Uphold the Ethical Standards and Values for Human Service Professionals
. Demonstrate professionalism
. Utilize community resources
. Apply human services interventions and best practices
. Cultivate professional relationships

Requirements for Program Entry

. Online applications are available at www.ntc.edu.
. OPTIONAL: High school transcripts are not required for acceptance to this program, but may be used to show proof of prerequisites. High school transcripts may also contain ACT or Accuplacer scores taken while still in high school (may meet testing requirements if taken within the last 5 years).
. If applicable, include a copy of college transcripts.
. Provide proof of one of the following: Associate or bachelor’s degree, a copy of ACT or Accuplacer test scores. (Reading Comprehension: Accuplacer: 80, ACT: 18; Arithmetic: Accuplacer: 47, ACT: 18; Sentence Skills: Accuplacer: 86, ACT: 18. If you score below requirements on any portion of the ACTor Accuplacer, you will need to complete Remediation with NTC’s Learning Center or a similar service at another college. Questions regarding Remediation and how to complete can be directed to admissions@ntc.edu or 715.675.3331, Ext. 5860.)
. If you have an outstanding balance at NTC you are required to pay it in full prior to submitting an application. All application materials will be returned to you if the outstanding balance is not paid in full at the time of application.
. A current criminal background check must be on file before starting internships. A record of specified criminal offenses may bar or restrict an individual from course work involving a clinical/practicum/internship experience licensure and/or future employment in this occupation. If information indicates that you have been convicted of a crime or have charges pending, you must speak with a program faculty member at Northcentral Technical College.

Curriculum

The Human Services Associate Degree is a two-year, four-semester collaborative program between Northcentral Technical College and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Students will attend classes on the Green Bay campus and will take part in online distance learning courses available through NTC. Upon graduation, a student will have completed 70 credits. Students completing coursework at the NWTC Campus will take courses in the following order:

FIRST SEMESTER

* 10-520-101 Introduction to Human Services**
3
* 10-520-190 Motivational Interviewing
2
* 10-550-170 Understanding Substance Abuse
3
* 10-550-178 Intro to Counseling
3
* 10-801-125 Basics of APA Style Writing**
1
* 10-801-136 English Composition 1
3
 OR
 
*10-801-195 Written Communication**
3
* 10-809-198 Intro to Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
SECOND SEMESTER

* 10-520-102 Boundaries and Ethics
3
* 10-550-172 Group Facilitation
3
* 10-550-176 Ethical AODA Case/Record Mgmt
3
* 10-801-196 Oral/Interpersonal Comm
3
* 10-809-159 Abnormal Psychology
3
* 10-809-188 Developmental Psychology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
THIRD SEMESTER

* 10-520-109 Child and Adolescent Behavior**
3
* 10-520-145 Professional Readiness**
1
* 10-520-151 Internship 1**
2
* 10-550-174 Overview of Mental Disorders
3
10-804-107 College Mathematics
3
* 10-809-138 Exceptional Person
3
 OR
 
* 10-809-199 Psychology Of Human Relations
3
* Elective
1
SEMESTER TOTAL
16
FOURTH SEMESTER

* 10-520-106 Human Sexuality**
3
* 10-520-152 Internship 2**
2
* 10-520-164 Professional Responsibility**
1
* 10-544-201 GERO: Intro to Gerontology
3
* 10-550-179 Methods of AODA Counseling
3
 OR
 
* 10-520-141 Issues in Child Maltreatment**
3
* 10-809-172 Intro to Diversity Studies
3
* 10-809-196 Intro to Sociology
3
SEMESTER TOTAL
18

TOTAL CREDITS
70

Curriculum Note
**Courses taught at NWTC via Distance Learning from Northcentral Technical College
* Students must earn a "C" or better in order to graduate.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

These courses provide an opportunity for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and understanding required for employment in this field.

10-520-101 INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN SERVICES...Examine the evolution of the human services field. Distinguish the various types of human service agencies and occupations available in the field. Demonstrate the qualities of the field professionals. Complete 10 hours of community service at an agency of learner's choice outside of class time. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found in the human services professions. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

10-520-102 BOUNDARIES AND ETHICS ...Analyze case scenarios to practice the process of ethical decision making. Evaluate the ethical codes of the helping professions to increase ability to apply these ethical principles to a variety of scenarios. Determine professional boundary issues. Incorporate ethical standards into decision making processes. Apply reflective practitioner methods. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling.)

10-520-106 HUMAN SEXUALITY ...Evaluate human sexual behavior across the lifespan. Evaluate the history of sex. Analyze sexology. Differentiate between gender roles. Identify physiological differences between sexes. Explore differences in sexual orientation, sexually transmitted diseases and methods of contraception. Analyze sexual abuse and sex for sale. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found when discussing sexual issues with clients. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

10-520-109 CHILD AND ADOLESCENT BEHAVIOR ...Child and Adolescent Behavior is a course examining problematic behavior issues often encountered with children and adolescents in the field of human services. This examination is conducted in three parts. An understanding the process of healthy child and adolescent development in engaged in the early stages of the course. With this understanding, the course then addresses numerous problematic environmental, situational, and neurological issues that impede healthy development; and the diagnostic results of these impediments. Finally, the course comprehensively addresses systematic, therapeutic and medicinal interventions for various diagnostic disorders. The course focuses on strength-based models and trauma-sensitive approaches, and is solution-based to prepare students for successful integration to human services professions and/or further study in the field. (Prerequisite: 10-809-188 Developmental Psychology.)

10-520-141 ISSUES IN CHILD MALTREATMENT ...Examine issues often found in families that are affected by child abuse and neglect. Explore the social, environmental and biological components of child maltreatment. Determine the laws, agencies and procedures that are specific to child maltreatment. Define the role played by the helping professional in response to child maltreatment, including mandated reporting of abuse. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found while working with child maltreatment. Apply reflective practitioner methods.

10-520-145 PROFESSIONAL READINESS... Examine the personal characteristics which are valued in the workplace including: comprehending the importance of updating work skills; examining the need to personally adapt to the constantly changing workplace; exploring information about job opportunities and training seminars; developing skills essential for career success and advancement; evaluating the value of interpersonal communication; and determining how students can be active yet socially cognizant and responsible users of technology and social media. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found when working in the helping professions. (Prerequisite: 10-520-102 Boundaries & Ethics in the Helping Profession, 10-550-178 Intro to Counseling, 10-550-176 Ethical Case & Record Mgmt., 10-520-101 Intro to Human Services, 10-550-170 Understanding Substance Abuse.)

10-520-151 INTERNSHIP 1 ...Conduct a minimum of 144 hours of occupational experience in an agency of learner's choice. Utilize supervision by agency and field experience instructor. Collaborate with agency-appointed supervisor to define the individual learning objectives to be obtained during the course of the internship. The goal is to facilitate the learner's transition into the work world. The learner will work with the agency to define the individual learning objectives to be obtained during the course of the internship. The goal is to facilitate the learner's transition into the work world. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found while working in the helping field. Apply reflective practitioner methods. (CO-Requisite: 10-520-145 Professional Readiness. Prerequisite: 10-520-102 Boundaries & Ethics in the Helping Profession, 10-550-178 Intro to Counseling, 10-550-176 Ethical Case & Record Mgmt., 10-520-101 Intro to Human Services, 10-550-170 Understanding Substance Abuse.)

INTERNSHIP 2 10-520-152 ...Conduct a minimum of 144 hours of occupational experience in an agency of learner's choice. Utilize supervision by agency and field experience instructor. Collaborate with agency-appointed supervisor to define the individual learning objectives to be obtained during the course of the internship. The goal is to facilitate the learner's transition into the work world. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found while working in the helping field. Apply reflective practitioner methods. (CO-Requisite: 10-520-145 Professional Responsibility in Fieldwork. Prerequisite: 10-520-151 Internship 1.)

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY 10-520-164 ...Examine the personal characteristics which are valued in the workplace while completing field work. Evaluate the importance of updating work place skills. Utilize flexibility to personally and professionally adapt to the constantly changing workplace. Analyze information about job opportunities and training seminars. Develop skills essential for career success and advancement. Assess the value of interpersonal communication. Utilize social media to strengthen professional network. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found while working in the helping field. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Assess boundaries and ethical issues commonly found when working in the helping professions. (Prerequisite: 10-550-112 AODA Internship 1.)

10-520-190 Motivational Interviewing ...Ascertain fundamental building block skills in motivational interviewing. Apply spirit and basic motivational interviewing methods in therapeutic relationships. Evaluate performance through real play counseling sessions and personal experience reflections. Recognize ambivalence and motivation to change. Determine differences between sustain and change talk. Apply collaborative goal setting. Determine client direction using focus techniques. (Prerequisite/CO-requisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling.)

10-544-201 GERO: INTRO TO GERONTOLOGY ...a general overview of the field of aging. Topics include demographic, biological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process.

10-550-170 Understanding Substance Abuse ... a holistic approach including epidemiology, etiology and definitions; prevention and treatment, social and health care institutions and resource agencies and ethics and legal issues in the helping profession with a focus on self-attitudes, values and goals.

10-550-172 GROUP FACILITATION ... Learners are introduced to group counseling techniques such as facilitating the process of forming a group, determining group type, purpose, size, leadership, establishing goals and clarifying group rules. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling.)

10-550-174 OVERVIEW OF MENTAL DISORDERS ... Learners will be introduced to the symptomology and etiology and classification of psychiatric disorders and treatment.

10-550-176 ETHICAL AODA CASE AND RECORD MANAGEMENT...covers ethical case management, coordination of integrative services for AODA clients and the accurate management of treatment records. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling.)

10-550-178 INTRO TO COUNSELING ...learners are introduced to the basic counseling skills and will begin to examine the counseling theories utilized in the human services professions.

10-550-179 METHODS OF AODA COUNSELING ...learners are introduced to a number of counseling theories and techniques that can be utilized in the human services profession. The theories will be explored in relation to substance abuse counseling. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling)

10-801-125 BASICS OF APA STYLE WRITING ...introduces the basics of American Psychological Association (APA) Style writing to help learners in psychology and related fields write term papers, research reports, and journal articles. The course follows the organization of the APA Publication Manual, providing a comprehensive overview of elements of manuscript preparation. Content includes guidance on writing for the social sciences, manuscript structure and content, writing principles and style, the mechanics of APA Style, displaying results, crediting sources, and creating a reference list. 1 cr.

10-801-136 ENGLISH COMPOSITION 1 ...learners develop knowledge/skills in planning, organizing, writing, editing. Students will also analyze audience/purpose, use elements of research, format documents using standard guidelines, and develop critical reading skills. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=74 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =18 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading and Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-198 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY ...survey of theoretical foundations of human behavior such as sensation and perception, motivation, emotions, learning, personality, psychological disorders, therapy, stress, and human diversity in personal, social and vocational settings. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-801-196 ORAL/INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION ...the communication process, perception and self-concept, language, listening, nonverbal communication, interpersonal relationships, communication in groups and public communication; prepare and deliver an oral presentation. (Prerequisite: Compass Reading=70 AND Compass Writing Skills=60 OR ACT- Reading =15 and ACT English=16 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-159 ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY ...surveys features, causes, assessment and treatment of abnormal behavior through major theoretical perspectives. Introduces the diagnosis system of the DSM-IV, the history, cultural/social differences, current perspectives, diagnosis criteria/treatments. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-188 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY ...defines human development; examines theories; heredity and environmental effects; prenatal development and birth; evaluates biosocial, cognitive psychosocial development through the life span; aging, death, and dying. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-804-107 COLLEGE MATHEMATICS ...an introductory level course designed to review and develop fundamental concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. Emphasis will be placed on computational skills and applications of rational numbers; problem solving skills with ratios, proportions, and percent; basic principles and application of algebra, geometry, graphing, and statistics; measurement skills in U.S. Customary and Metric Systems; and the use of calculators as a tool. (Prerequisites: Compass Pre-Algebra=27 or ACT-Math score=15 or 10-834-109, Pre Algebra AND Compass Reading=70 or ACT-Reading=15 or 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills with "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-138 EXCEPTIONAL PERSON ...introduction to exceptional persons. Topics include cognitive disability, giftedness, learning disabilities, emotional disorders, visual/hearing impairments and various physical disabilities. Learning activities focus on educational, legal and personal life issues. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing = 60 AND Compass Reading = 70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to Collge Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-199 PSYCHOLOGY OF HUMAN RELATIONS ...decision making, motivation, conflict resolution, learning strategies, growth and adjustment, diversity, psychological theories, relationships, psychological disorders, stress, career analysis, social psychology, and lifespan development. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-172 INTRO TO DIVERSITY STUDIES...basic American values of justice and equality by teaching vocabulary, history of immigration/conquest, transcultural communication, legal liability, multicultural majority/minority relations, ageism, sexism, gender, sexual orientation, the disabled/ADA. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

10-809-196 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY ...the nature and variety of groups; inequality, race and ethnicity; family, population, social integration, and change; collective behavior; politics, economics, religion, education, and the effects of technology. (Prerequisite: Compass Writing Skills=60 AND Compass Reading=70 OR ACT-English =16 AND ACT Reading =15 OR 10-838-105, Intro to Reading & Study Skills or 10-831-103, Intro to College Writing w/ a "C" or better OR equivalent) 3 cr.

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