Introduction to Human Services Counseling – HSCO 500

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.




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.


Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Describe the historical roots of human services and the creation of the human service profession.
    2. Identify personal attitudes and values about the human services field.
    3. Integrate the ethical standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education into personal practice, especially as they relate to client confidentiality and appropriate use of data.
    4. Recognize various populations being served by the human services profession and differentiate between these populations’ unique needs.
    5. Examine the role of diversity (including, but not limited to, ethnicity, culture, gender, and socioeconomic status) and its impact on the human services profession.
    6. Describe historic and current legislation affecting human service delivery.
    7. Compare biblical standards and practices to standards in human services.


Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will complete Discussion Board Forums in 2 parts over the course of 2 modules/weeks. In the first module/week, 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. Then, in the following module/week, the student will read his/her classmates’ threads and post a 150-word reply to at least 3 of the classmates.

Research Paper

Throughout this course, the student will assemble the various parts of his/her Research Paper. A Topic, Annotated Bibliography, Working Outline, and Final Draft 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.

Quizzes (4)

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.