Core Class Analysis

HSP2203 Communication Skills (3)

This highly participative course focuses on analyzing and applying techniques of effective communication in organizational and interpersonal situations. Includes the use of personal assessment instruments that reflects students’ preferred communication styles. All class participants make formal and informal presentations and practice utilizing fundamentals in active listening, self-esteem building, and conflict negotiations.

Reflection:
This course let me get comfortable with my emotions. With being able to show my emotions, I was able to communicate better. I thought I was an open book but this course taught me that I was picking and choosing what to tell people and that wasn’t effective.

HSP2206 Professional Writing (3)
Emphasizes collaborative learning and writing-across-the-disciplines. Writing in a variety of professional modes (directions, descriptions, process) and forms (memos, letters, reports) is practiced.  Fulfills General Education Upper-Division Writing requirement.

Reflection:
This class was a good reminder to proper grammar. This class made me remember how to make shorter sentences in the right way. Learning about an adjective and pronoun again definitely brought me back to my elementary school days.

HSP2209 Human Services (3) (CDiv)
Examines the human service industry: its evolution, role in contemporary society, anticipated future in relation to the changing society, and the restructuring of community and work organizations. Discussions of theory and practice of professional management strategies and clientele characteristics and reactions as well as future directions for human service program planning and design are presented by area speakers and analyzed by students in written and group presentation format.

Reflection:
This class opened up my eyes to what my major really was. I learned that Human Services is out there to help people. Ralph had an exercise for everyone to participate in and just by doing that activity, he was able to tell if we were really made to be a Human Services major. And at the end of the class, we were all able to see what he meant by that. He told us that Human Services students have a different kind of heart.

HSP2212 Financial Management (3)
Introduces financial management for nonprofit organizations, focusing on the key principles and terminology needed by managers. Emphasizes financial accounting, budgeting, financial reports, and reporting cycles. Course work includes case studies and a final project analyzing the fiscal status of a nonprofit agency or organization.

Reflection:
This course taught me how budget my money. I learned how to make a budget with my expenses and learned how to save money in a way where I didn’t feel like I was depriving myself of still having fun.

HSP2218 Social Research Methods (3)
Introduces the major techniques of social research to demystify the research process and increase competence in a student’s ability to investigate ideas, concepts, and statistical data or literature. Proficiency is measured by performance in individual and collaborative group projects, individual written assignments, and a final research presentation.

Reflection:
This was probably the hardest class I’ve taken here at NDNU. Although, it was a full semester long and I had full support from Dr. Arbore, I felt like the class was a lot to handle. The surveys and collecting data was the most difficult. I kept forgetting to hand out the surveys and that was a crucial part when I needed to measure the data because without it, I would have nothing to write about.

HSP2221 Human Services Senior Seminar (3) (in progress)
Prerequisite:
Completion of core requirements and senior class standing
This capstone course utilizes all key Human Services theories, concepts, and methods acquired through the course work. Successful demonstrations of competencies are exhibited in case studies, analysis, group discussion, individual presentations, and community project work.

HSP2242 Human Services Counseling Skills (3)
Reviews fundamental skills in counseling. Special emphasis is on the development of effective counselor competencies in helping relationships found primarily in human services organizations.

Reflection:
This class taught me how to listen effectively. Before taking this class, I knew I listened to people whenever they talked to me but this class showed me that I really wasn’t giving the person I was talking to 100% of my attention. I learned to listen to people with clearing out whatever what was in my mind and giving the other person my full attention.

HSP2248 Managing Cultural Diversity (CDiv) (3)
Theoretical and practical approaches to the complexities of issues of diversity will be examined by reviewing typical values, habits, interactions, and concerns of different cultural groups in the workplace. Students will identify and practice strategies to overcome barriers and conflict in the workplace.

Reflection:
This class taught me about the different generations. Going into the class the only generation I knew of was the Millennials because that is the generation I’m from. But after learning about the other generations, it opened up my eyes to see how the economy has greatly changed, and that it will continue to change.

HSP2251 Managing Employee Assistance Programs (3)
Surveys all aspects of managing EAPs as they relate to employers, unions, human resources, and the workplace. Special attention is given to administration and implementation of strategies for special work groups.

Reflection:
This class was great! Ralph encouraged me to get my certification in Employee Assistance once I graduate because it would beneficial to have for the future. His class taught me that there are employers who value their employees and that it is really hard to find a company to work for that actually shows their appreciation and concern for their employees.

HSP2254 Stress in the Workplace (3)
Provides a theoretical and interactive analysis of the physiological, psychological, and emotional effects of stress. Examines cognitive and behavioral coping strategies that will be used to create a personal wellness plan for each student. Particular emphasis will be on early detection of organizational factors that create effects of personal and professional burnout.

Reflection:
This class was very helpful! My current job isn’t as stressful as my last but this class taught me how to deal with stress as a whole. I used to keep my stress bottled up inside and would explode in little situations. This class taught me how to take a deep breathe and set some time aside for myself and meditate.

HSP2260 Introduction to Gerontology (3)
Gerontology is a fast-growing field with demographic analyses predicting a doubling of the population who are over the age of 65 in the next decade. This trend will occur across diverse populations, creating opportunities for students to address unique and important community needs. This course covers important topics for all students who are in or entering the helping professions and will include an overview of issues and trends, the importance of policy and legal issues, emerging ethical concerns, and emerging issues, including changing family roles, death, and dying.

Reflection:
This class taught me how to accept death. It amazed me when Dr. Arbore told us that most elderly patients have a hard time accepting death. I’ve always been taught to not be afraid of death because it can happen anytime. I’ve also always been taught to live in the moment and learn from every experience. After taking this course, I knew why I chose Gerontology as my concentration.

HSP2283 Gerontology Practicum (3)
A gerontology concentration is not complete without practical experience that puts classroom learning into practical use. This course is designed as an internship with an organization that provides direct services in this field; that service opportunity is briefly prefaced with course work designed to prepare students for this practical application of service.

Reflection:
After taking this course, I appreciated the geriatric patients I served a lot more. Part of the class, was to dedicate time at an organization that served older patients. Whether that organization was a care home or a hospital, the student would have to volunteer their free time and give back to the geriatric community. I volunteered at Dr. Arbore’s Institute On Aging facility in San Francisco. I volunteered my time at the Friendship Line which was a suicide line for the elderly. The phone service is available 24/7 to the elderly and others who needed the help.

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