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Human Services Associate Associate Degree

Human services students meet with an advisor

Program Code: 105203

This 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. All credits from the Substance Abuse Counselor technical diploma may be applied toward this program. For information call toll free: 800-422-NWTC

Follow Your Path

All credits from the following technical diploma(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Substance Abuse Counselor Education, 315501
All credits from the following certificate(s) apply toward this associate degree:
• Substance Abuse Specialty, 905502

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Employment Potential

• Potential Occupations within Health and Human Services to potentially include: youth worker, crisis worker, domestic violence advocate, personal care worker, substance abuse counselor in training (SAC-IT), probation and parole.

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Requirements for Program Entry

• Completed application
• To be admitted to this program, learners must achieve a prior cumulative high school or college grade point average of 2.6 or higher OR a satisfactory academic skills assessment score. College grade point average must be based on 15 credits or more. To learn more about starting this program, please contact an academic advisor at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-6982.
• 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.

Program Availability

FULL TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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PART TIMESummer 2018Fall 2018Spring 2019
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Application Checklist

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Curriculum
Students following the study plan below will complete the Human Services Associate program in the number of semesters shown.
FIRST SEMESTER
10-890-101 COLLEGE 101 ...Students will utilize digital tools and resources to assess, explore, practice, apply, and evaluate both employability and learning skills. By establishing NWTC cultural values as hallmarks of success in academic, career, and personal settings the course encourages reflective, personalized development of a growth mindset and emphasizes the importance of making wise choices. To maximize the return on investment, students should take this course in their first semester as it identifies key expectations (hidden rules) of higher learning and professional employment.
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate. Co-requisite: English Composition 1; 10-801-136)
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: Placement value of 1500; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 75; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND Eng greater/equal to 18; OR preparatory courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
10-550-175 INTRO TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROF...Explore characteristics that are incorporated into substance abuse counseling and practice. Determine personal values, beliefs, strengths and weaknesses. Analyze the eight practice dimensions used to effectively treat substance use disorders: clinical evaluation, treatment planning, referral, service coordination, counseling, patient, family and community education, documentation and professional and ethical responsibilities. Evaluate legal and ethical issues surrounding substance abuse counseling. Apply reflective practitioner methods. Utilize clinical supervision. Information will be provided in regard to Wisconsin licensing for substance abuse counseling. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
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: Cumulative GPA of 2.6 or greater OR satisfactory reading and writing assessment scores OR 10-831-107, College Reading and Writing 1 with "B" or better OR Corequisite: 10-831-102, English Comp Prep)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
SECOND SEMESTER
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: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
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)
10-550-176 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)
10-550-174 OVERVIEW OF MENTAL DISORDERS ... Learners will be introduced to the symptomology and etiology and classification of psychiatric disorders and treatment. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
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. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
SEMESTER TOTAL
15
THIRD SEMESTER
10-550-177 AODA ASSESSMENT AND DIAGNOSIS...learners develop a working knowledge of gathering and interpreting information used in forming diagnoses based on the criteria in the DSM-IV TR. Learners will explore various diagnostic tools and determine the level of care utilizing the Wisconsin UPC. (Prerequisite: 10-550-170, Understanding Substance Abuse)
10-550-173 PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY ... Learners will be introduced to the basic concepts of psychopharmacology and the function of the organs and systems of the human body and brain. (Prerequisite: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma, or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate)
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. (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, 10-550-172 Group Facilitation, 10-550-174 Overview of Mental Disorders.
Co-requisite: 10-550-173 Psychopharmacology)
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. (Prerequisite: 10-550-178 Intro to Counseling)
10-806-189 BASIC ANATOMY ...examines concepts of anatomy and physiology as they relate to health careers. Learners correlate anatomical and physiological terminology to all body systems. (Prerequisite: A placement value of 3200; OR Accuplacer Reading score greater/equal to 55; OR ACT Reading score greater/equal to 15; OR preparatory courses-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
18
FOURTH SEMESTER
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. (Prerequisite: 10-520-151 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: 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling)
10-550-179 ADVANCED COUNSELING THEORY ...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: Accepted in the Human Services Associate Degree, Substance Abuse Counselor Technical Diploma or Substance Abuse Specialty Certificate; 10-550-178, Intro to Counseling)
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: A placement value of 6200; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English greater/equal to 15; OR prep courses-contact academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
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.
10-801-196 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: A placement value of 1400; OR Accuplacer Rdg score greater/equal to 55 AND Sentence Skills score greater/equal to 60; OR ACT Rdg score greater/equal to 16 AND English score greater/equal to 16; OR preparatory course-contact an academic advisor at 920-498-5444)
SEMESTER TOTAL
17
TOTAL CREDITS
67
Curriculum Note
. Students must earn a "C" or higher in all 10-520-XXX and 10-550-XXX courses. A student who withdraws or receives a grade lower than a "C" may retake the course.
. 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 (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.
. For more information, please call 920-498-5444 or 1-800-422-NWTC.
. The credit for 10-890-101, College 101 is an Institutional Requirement for graduation. Consequently, it is not part of the program requirements, but must be passed with a C.

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.

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Wisconsin Caregiver Law

NWTC is required to comply with the Wisconsin Caregiver Law (1997 WISCONSIN ACT 27). The completion of a caregiver background check includes the review of criminal records for convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behavior. Students accepted into this program must complete a background check through www.castlebranch.com AND complete a Background Information Disclosure (BID) form disclosing any acts, crimes, or convictions prior to program entry. The information provided in the BID form must be truthful and match any findings on the criminal record check. Information regarding this process is provided to students immediately upon acceptance into the program. Students with a criminal history may be denied access to placement at the discretion of the clinical or practicum site. Consequently, should a student have a history of convictions of serious crimes or a history of improper behaviors, NWTC cannot guarantee clinical/practicum placement or guarantee graduation within typical program timing.

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