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Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate

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  • Objectives
    Students will acquire knowledge and develop basic skills that will enable them to continue their post-secondary training in their area of specific interest. In addition, students will develop an understanding of the competencies required to function effectively in a helping capacity. Particular emphasis will be placed on the further development of self awareness, personal growth and maturity, personal and professional responsibility as well as personal suitability related to the career program of choice.
  • Academic Title
    Human Services Foundation Ontario College Certificate
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1590     Basic Writing Skills

    Description: This course will cover basic writing skills with emphasis on sentence structure, standard English grammar, diction, usage and mechanics. The course will also deal with the writing process including planning, drafting and revising. Students will learn basic research and APA documentation skills through reading and synthesizing a variety of program-related material.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP1065     Computer Software Applications
    Description: This course provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate knowledge and understanding as well as hands-on practical experience using specific computer software applications used in the workforce. Emphasis will be placed on using Microsoft Office 2007 software as indicated below:
    a) Microsoft Word and Publisher to create a variety of print materials, special forms and reports,
    b) Microsoft PowerPoint to become knowledgeable in designing and making effective electronic presentations
    c) Microsoft Excel to create personal and work related budget models.
    d) an internet browser for researching materials and employment opportunities effectively.
    Students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of general electronic policy, procedures and protocols necessary in using an employer's email and web site tools.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HSF1030     Social Issues and Community Services
    Description: This course will help students to identify some of the health and social issues within the community and their relationship to their career of choice. In addition, this course will broaden the student’s knowledge regarding the role of governments in the financing and delivery of health and social services, agency types, other funding sources and key legislation. Finally, it will cover other key topics such as types of decision-making, privatization and the rational and processes involved in the development of health and social policies.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HSF1040     Orientation To A Helping Career
    Description: This course will combine large lectures and a variety of teaching methodologies to help familiarize the students with a number of facets relating to the helping professions. It will include the following: case studies, expert panels, discussion of key roles and functions, employment conditions and opportunities. In addition, the course is designed to assist students determine the "goodness-of-fit" between a profession and their own personality and expectations.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    HSF1050     Effective Helping I-Attitudes, Values and Behaviours
    Description: This course is intended to introduce students to a variety of aspects of the helping process. The major content areas include the following: types of helping, characteristics of the helping process, components of effective helping, values of helpers, key issues and finally considerations including self awareness and confidentiality. The instructor will develop this content in a framework that incorporates a high level of experiential learning, skill training and personal exploration.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HSF1090     College and Field Preparation
    Description: The goals for this course are two-fold. First, the course is intended to prepare the students to develop the professional and personal skills that will be required for field work in the second semester. This will entail mock interviews, resume preparation, a thorough career research component, applications for police record checks, etc. Second, the course is designed to assist students to adjust to college life. As such, topics of discussion will include study skills, exploring college services, developing time management skills, stress management, initial communication, personal crisis management and basic team work skills. The course will be delivered to augment the outcomes for the others courses in this program.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PSYC1010     Psychology: Basic Processes Of Behaviour
    Description: Psychology is the study of behaviour - that of humans and other creatures. This one-semester course is about the basic concepts of psychological research methods, learning, memory, perception, states of consciousness, motivation, and emotion.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    HSF1080     Effective Helping II - Interpersonal and Groupwork Skills

    Description: This course has been developed to provide students with a bridge from the ideas and concepts that were taught in the Fall Semester course. It will include a comprehensive introduction to the helping process from the initial interview through to the development of a contract. It will incorporate the key topics of conducting effective interviews, the importance of self awareness and personal insights as well as the key differences in working with different groups within the population; i.e., children, adolescents, adults and seniors as part of the overall process.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    HSF1140     Group Dynamics and Conflict Management
    Description: This course is intended to introduce the students to the concept of working effectively in groups and/or part of a team and conflict resolution. One half of the course will focus on team dynamics which will include concepts such as communication, power, leadership, creativity and decision making. The other half of this course will be oriented around conflict resolution and will therefore address perspectives on conflict, how to assess conflict, how to approach conflict and forgiveness.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    HSF1150     Field Work Seminar
    Description: The seminar course is concurrent to the Field Work course. The seminar will provide a forum for students to discuss issues that arise in their field work settings. Students will be engaged in learning about client issues, community problems, programming challenges and seeking supervision. As well, the course will allow students to share beginning professional insights and practice initial helping related skills as they increase their personal develpment and solidify their career options. Finally, specific skills-based training in certain areas will also be addressed such as Suicide Prevention, Crisis Intervention, etc.
    Hours: 15
    Credits: 1

    HSF1160     Field Work

    Description: The Field Work portion of the program allows the student the opportunity to complete 90 hours of supervised work within a human service organization. As such, students will be expected to observe the workings of an organization and how it serves the larger community. Additionally, students will be expected to begin to practice initial helping skills. Through the use of learning contracts, students and field supervisors will be developing tasks that will help achieve specific learning goals. By the end of the placement, it is expected that students will have taken on the beginnings of a professional set of attitudes and values consistant with broad range of helping services. The concurrent Field Work Seminar will be delivered on campus.
    Hours: 90
    Credits: 3
    CoRequisites: HSF1150

    HSF1170     Applied Communications
    Description: This course will provide students with the enhancement of skills as well as knowledge and information for improving their written and oral communications. Specific to Human Services, this course will orient the student to some of the key writing elements through specific assignments. Oral presentations will also be an area to be emphasized. As well, an applied research project will introduce the student to basic research methodology. Building on the Basic Writing (COMM1590) course, this course will further support students in enhancing professional writing skills. The course will be partly teacher-taught and partly self-directed.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: COMM1590

    PSYC1020     Psychology: Dynamics Of Human Behaviour

    Description: Psychology is the study of behaviour. This one-semester course is about stress and stress management, thinking and intelligence, the biological basis of behaviour, social psychology, personality theory and measurement, abnormal behaviour and therapies.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    SOC1070     Cultural Diversity And Human Service
    Description: This course examines the ethnic and cultural diversity of Canadian society. The study involves an investigation of our multicultural policy and its historical emergence. Considerable emphasis will be given to working with diverse ethnic and racial groups from a helping perspective. Special attention is paid to developing a strong awareness of self as it related to diversity issues.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

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