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MHT 1101 Introduction to Human Services & Behavioral Health

Introduction to the field of human services and behavioral health. History and development of human services. Exploration of service delivery, roles, trends and career opportunities. Principles and skills for developing professional helping relationships. Presentation of casework problem-solving model. Ethical/legal/professional standards. Technical terminology. Self-awareness regarding multicultural values and biases. Examination of human services as a personal career choice.

Division: Health Sciences
Department: Mental Health and Addiction Services
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: Yes

Prereqs: DEV 0035 


  • Identify one's own biases, values, beliefs, and motivations for becoming a human service worker.
  • Define common technical terms related to human services and behavioral health.
  • Identify principles, skills, philosophies, and historical evolution of the human service worker.
  • Describe and apply the ingredients of effective professional helping relations including paraphrasing content and reflecting feelings.
  • Apply the stages and skills of the casework problem-solving model, including assessment, goals, and action plan regarding one's own problem.
  • Describing helping styles and 5 attitudinal approaches and demonstrate a client-centered helping style.
  • List components of culturally competent casework, identify needs of specific cultural minorities, and articulate one's own cultural values.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3