Introduction to Human Services Counseling – HSCO 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course explores the historical context and the current structure of the Human Service field. Students will be exposed to the primary intervention strategies utilized in human services including interviewing, case management and facilitating groups. The special populations served in the Human Service profession will be examined. Topics including values and ethical dilemmas, the social welfare system, diversity, program planning, organizing and changing systems, legal issues, staying current and avoiding burnout will be considered.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will serve as an introduction to the Human Service field. It provides the student with an awareness of the challenges and the wide range of services included in this field.

* Please note that the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill clinical licensure requirements as an LPC, LMFT, etc. For programs designed for counseling licensure, please see Liberty’s online Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview. 

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete Discussions in 2 parts over the course of 2 modules. In the first module, the student will be presented with a thought-provoking prompt to which he/she will post a 300-word response in a new thread. The thread must include at least 2 references to the textbook and/or peer-reviewed source. Then, in the following module, the student will read his/her classmates’ threads and post a 150-word reply to at least 3 classmates. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F, G)

Throughout this course, the student will assemble the various parts of his/her Research Paper: Final Submission Assignment. A Topic Selection Assignment, Annotated Bibliography Assignment, Working Outline Assignment, and Final Submission Assignment will all be submitted throughout the duration of the course. This 10–12-page paper will be on a topic of interest regarding a social problem related to human services. The student will utilize at least 10 peer-reviewed resources for this assignment. Current APA format will be strictly adhered to throughout all elements of the paper. (CLOs: B, D, E, F)

Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes and have a 1-hour time limit. The student will need to carefully review all the reading to answer 20 questions successfully. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E, F)