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Do you want to help people in need?

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

If you have an innate desire to help those who require assistance, from individuals to communities, our program will teach you how to provide the services that can positively impact their lives.

The Counseling and Human Services program at Stevenson University is nationally accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service EducationIt prepares students for a broad range of careers in helping those in need. You will learn how a wide variety of individuals and families develop and function, from infants to seniors and across the racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic spectrum. You'll also benefit from the program's interdisciplinary approach, taking courses in law and philosophy, as well as psychology and sociology. Finally, you'll have the chance to apply what you've learned in real-world settings-field placements are a crucial part of this program.

Graduates of the Counseling and Human Services program will:

  • Apply research findings to analyze common problems encountered in the counseling & human services field and develop appropriate solutions.
  • Develop individualized professional development goals and objectives, based on comprehensive self-evaluation and feedback from faculty and supervisors.
  • Exhibit consistent professional attitudes and behaviors in applied counseling & human services settings.
  • Exhibit culturally sensitive behavior in professional human services settings.
  • Exhibit effective and appropriate interpersonal skills in professional counseling & human services settings.
  • Synthesize and appropriately apply key concepts, methods and values in counseling & human services to professional situations, independently and with minimal supervision.

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Study Counseling and Human Services at Stevenson

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Career Paths for Counseling and Human Services Majors

Graduates of our Counseling and Human Services program embark on many rewarding career choices, including:

• Administrator
• Career Counselor
• Child Welfare Specialist
• Classroom Aid
• Developmental Disabilities Specialist
• Elder Care Worker
• Human Resources Manager
• Public Welfare Advocate
• Service Coordinator
• Social Services Worker
• Substance Abuse Counselor

Curious about internships and job placement after you graduate? Visit our Office of Career Services.

Courses

Courses

The courses listed below are required for completion of the bachelor’s degree in Counseling and Human Services. Students must also complete the requirements for the Stevenson Educational Experience (SEE).

Specific pre- and co-requisites for each course are listed in the course descriptions.

Major Requirements

FYS 100 First Year Seminar 1 credit
CHS 101 Family Studies 3 credits
CHS 201 Human Services and Social Policy 3 credits
CHS 217 Professional Development in Counseling and Human Services 3 credits
CHS 220 Diversity and Cultural Competence in Human Services 3 credits
CHS 224 Research Methods and Writing 3 credits
CHS 270 Psychopharmacology and Addictions 3 credits
CHS 315/515 Group Counseling 3 credits
CHS 340/540 Adminstration of Human Services 3 credits
CHS 360 Counseling Strategies for Individuals 3 credits
CHS 380 Internship in Counseling and Human Services 3 credits
CHS 430 Family Dynamics and Interventions 3 credits
CHS 440 Practicum in Counseling and Human Services 9 credits
CHS 441 Seminar in Counseling and Human Services 3 credits
MATH 136 Introduction to Statistics 4 credits
  OR  
PSY 136 Statistics for the Behavioral and Social Sciences 4 credits
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits
PSY 108 Human Growth and Development 3 credits
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits

Tracks

Students who do not declare a track must also take 5 focused electives. At least 2 courses must be CHS courses; please see an advisor for the approved list.

Students also have the option of selecting a track in Addictions and Mental Health Counseling or Child, Adolescent, and Family Services, or Community Health.

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track

All major requirements, and the following track courses:

CHS 370 Ethics in Counseling 3 credits
CHS 371 Assessment and Treatment of Addictions 3 credits
PSY 215 Psychopathology 3 credits
  two additional focused electives 6 credits total

Community Health Track

All major requirements, and the following track courses:

CMH 210 Introduction to Community Health 3 credits

The following courses are under development:

CMH 2XX Healthcare Systems and Administration
CMH 3XX Seminar in Community Health
CM 2XX Health Communication
BIO 2XX Nutrition
BIO 322 Epidemiology

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services Track

All major requirements, and the following track courses:

CHS 275 Services for Children and Youth 3 credits
PSY 206 Child Development 3 credits
  and  
CHS 362 Trauma and Crisis Intervention 3 credits
  OR  
CHS 365 Coping, Resilience, and Growth-Focused Counseling 3 credits
  and  
  two additional focused electives 6 credits total
Tracks and Minors

Tracks and Minors

Tracks

Addictions and Mental Health Counseling Track

Upon completion of the addictions and mental health counseling track, graduates will be able to:

  • Act in accordance with the ethical principles and practices of the addiction counseling field (as specified for fulfillment of ethics requirement for certification as a Certified Associate Counselor-Alcohol & Drug).
  • Apply screening techniques in order to identify level of risk, needs, and strengths in individuals.
  • Formulate multidimensional treatment plans.
  • Analyze theories of counseling related to addictions and mental health.
  • Critique the process of intervention and various options for intervention.
  • Demonstrate counseling competencies (including motivational interviewing and multicultural counseling).
  • Describe major categories of psychological disorders and criteria for diagnosis, as described in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Child, Adolescent, and Family Services Track Objectives

Upon completion of the child, adolescent, and family services track, graduates will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast programs within the child welfare system (child protective services, family preservation services, foster care, and adoption).
  • Interpret the impact of the legal system on the various aspects of the child welfare system.
  • Apply specific strategies for resolving problems and conflicts using effective communication skills.
  • Identify stages in physical, cognitive and emotional development in children.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies to assist children and youth in coping with life stresses.
  • Describe risk, resiliency, and protective factors that help children, youth, and families build capacity to overcome adversity.

Community Health Track Objectives

Upon completion of the community health track, graduates will be able to:

  • Outline the history, philosophy, and social factors which influence the contemporary view of health.
  • Critically evaluate public health methods used to prevent and control communicable diseases and prevent and manage disasters that affect the health of communities.
  • Compare and contrast methods for changing health behavior.
  • Explain and analyze laws and regulations which influence implementation of health policies.
  • Apply the population perspective and evidence-based methods to define and address health needs of vulnerable groups in the U. S. and the society at large.

Minor

The minor in counseling and human services requires successful completion of a minimum of six courses and 18 credits with an CHS  prefix. Please see an academic advisor for more information. General guidelines regarding minors may be found in the Minors section of the catalog.

Minors at Stevenson

Professional Minor in Human Resources 

Students who do not choose a track are encouraged to explore Professional Minors. The Professional Minor in Human Resources is a particularly good fit for students in Counseling and Human Services.

BS/MS Option

The BS/MS option is available for students majoring in counseling and human services who wish to combine their bachelor’s coursework with work toward a Stevenson University master’s degree in Healthcare Management or a degree in Community-Based Education and Leadership. Students choosing this option may earn their master's degree in as little as one year after their bachelor's degree. Interested students must formally apply for entrance into a BS/MS option in their junior year. Once admitted into this program, students develop an educational plan in consultation with their undergraduate and graduate advisors. For more information on this program see the Stevenson University Online catalog.

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