hser

Human Services (HSER)

Launch a career that makes a meaningful difference in the the lives of others. UH Maui College’s Human Services program prepares students to work with people of all ages in social service occupations. The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide the attitudes, skills and knowledge needed by human service workers in Aging & Healthcare, Substance Abuse & Mental Health, and Child & Family Service settings.

DEGREES THAT CAN BE EARNED

Certificate of Competence (CO)
Health Navigator/Community Health Worker (CO)
Certificate of Achievement (CA)

*Program length depends on student placement and credit load.

The Human Services program is designed to prepare students to work with people of all ages. The curriculum is organized around a core of courses that provide skills and knowledge needed by human service workers. In addition to the General Human Services degree, there is one Associate in Science (AS) degree specialization in Substance Abuse Counseling.

The AS in Human Services with the Substance Abuse Counseling Specialization counts for 2000 of the 6000-hour work requirement for CSAC by the State of Hawaii, Alcohol, and Drug Abuse Division of the Department of Health. The Certificate of Completion in SAC I and II fulfill the educational requirements for State of Hawaii CSAC certification. Students must complete the Certificate of Completion in Substance Abuse Counseling (21 credits) with a minimum C grade or better in each course.

Contact the program coordinator, Lee Stein, at 984-3338 or by email at lstein@hawaii.edu for a careful selection of courses.

Upon successful completion of the HSER Program, the student should be able to:

    1. Develop interpersonal skills that build appropriate, collaborative, respectful relationships with fellow students in the classroom and clients and professionals in the practicum setting.
    2. Demonstrate the attitudes, skills and knowledge base of client-centered, evidence- based helping strategies with a variety of populations in diverse human service settings.
    3. Identify vulnerable populations and the social conditions that contribute to their vulnerability; consider advocacy strategies to help alleviate those conditions.
    4. Develop self-awareness of one’s own values, interpersonal interaction styles, strengths and challenges that will impact the development of professionalism.
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of and application of the values and attitudes of code of ethics commonly used in the field of specialization (e.g. NASW, CSAC, etc.)
minimum GPA required in courses taken for CO

Aging: 9 credits Human Services 145(3), 101 or 248(3), 194 or 294(3)
Case Management: 9 credits Human Services 140(3), 248(3), 194 or 294(3)
Dynamics of Family Violence: 9 credits Human Services 140(3), 245(3), 256(3)
Health Navigator: 9 credits Human Services 101(3), 140 or 248(3), 194 or 294(3)
Substance Abuse Counseling I: 9 credits Human Services 140(3), 268(3), 194*(3)
Substance Abuse Counseling II: 9 credits Human Services 245(3), 270(3), 194*(3)
Substance Abuse Counseling III: 21 credits Human Services 248(3), plus CO courses in Substance Abuse Counseling I, II(18)
Youth Development Practitioner: 9 credits Human Services 130(3), 140 or 248(3), 256(3)

A grade of C or better is required in all courses for this certificate.

The Health Navigator/Community Health Worker Certificate of Completion prepares individuals to work as unlicensed members of health and human service teams providing care for individuals in community-based settings. A significant aspect is the incorporation of the cultural values of communities into the formal structure of the curriculum. Graduates are a resource for aging and health programs, and patient education.

HSER 101(3), 140(3), 248(3), 194 or 294(3), 365(3)
PHRM 103(1), 104(1), 105(1)
HLTH 125(1), 150(1) - NURS 100(6) can substituted
Elective(3) from this list:
  HSER 345(3), 256(3), 268(3), 270(3), or HLTH 159(4)

General Human Services or Substance Abuse Counseling Specialization
Human Services 110(3), 140(3), 194(3), and 245 or 248(3)
English 100(3)
Psychology 100(3)
Mathematics 100, 103**, 111, 115, or Philosophy 110(3)***
Sociology 100(3) – General Education elective
HSER specialization electives(6)****

*Note: All Substance Abuse Counseling certificates (CO and CA) require practicum/internship placements in addiction-related programs focusing on the 12 Core Functions of a substance abuse counselor. If HSER 194 is completed already, take HSER 294 (or vice versa).
**Note: MATH 103 strongly recommended for transfer to UHWO BASS program.
***Note: Students using PHIL 110 to meet this requirement must place at the MATH 100 level in order to graduate.
****Note: Electives related to students’ specialization or occupational interest as determined with program advisor.

General Human Services Specialization: 60-61 credits
All CA courses(30) plus:
Human Service 294(3)
Family Resources 230 or Psychology 240(3)
HSER specialization electives(12)****
ICS 101 or BUSN 150(3)
Humanities(3) – HWST 107 recommended
Natural Science(3-4) except PHYS 50) – FSHN 185 recommended
Communication 145 (recommended) or Speech 151(3)

Substance Abuse Counseling Specialization: 60-61 credits
All CO Substance Abuse Counseling III courses (21) plus:
Human Service 110(3), HSER specialization electives(9)****
FAMR 230 or PSY 240(3)
Sociology 100(3)
Mathematics 100, 103**, 111, 115(3)***
English 100(3)
ICS 101 or BUSN 150(3)
PSY 100(3)
COM 145 (recommended) or SP 151(3)
Humanities(3) – HWST 107 recommended
Natural Science(3-4) except PHYS 50) – FSHN 185 recommended

First Semester (Fall)
COM 145 Interpersonal Communication (recommended), or
  SP 151 Personal and Public Speech
*HSER 110 Introduction to Human Services
*SOC 100 Survey General Sociology – General Education elective
ICS 101 or BUSN 150
*ENG 100 Composition I
Total
Credits
 
3
3
3
3
3
15
Second Semester (Spring)
*HSER 140 Techniques Counseling & Interviewing
HSER specialization elective****
*PSY 100 Survey of Psychology
*MATH 100, 103**, 111, 115, or PHIL 110**
Humanities – HWST 107 recommended
Total
Credits
3
3
3
3
3
15
Third Semester (Fall)
*HSER 194 Practicum in Community Service
*HSER specialization electives****
HSER 245 or 248
FAMR 230 or PSY 240
Total
Credits
3
6
3
3
15
Fourth Semester (Spring)
HSER 294 Practicum in Community Service
HSER specialization electives****
Natural Science – FSHN 185 recommended
Total
Credits
3
9
3-4
15-16

*Note: Courses required for the Certificate of Achievement.
**Note: MATH 103 strongly recommended for transfer to UHWO BASS program.
***Note: Students using PHIL 110 to meet this requirement must place at the MATH 100 level in order to graduate.
****Note: Electives related to students’ specialization or occupational interest as determined with program advisor