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Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Graduates learn to provide direct and indirect services that can make a difference in communities and empower individuals and families. There is a great need for paraprofessionals who can work within diverse settings. Understanding family and community histories, cultures, and values are critical to developing and delivering effective human services. Through this foundation, students are encouraged to understand individuals from a strengths-based perspective, in terms of their needs, risks, and challenges.

"Be Kind, For Everyone You Meet Is Fighting A Harder Battle."

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Curriculum Delivery

The CAST Human Services program is offered at Arizona locations across the state and online. Courses combine virtual and traditional academic experiences and feature live synchronous sessions where students and instructors work together to discover, learn, and solve problems. Faculty are available to assist students through both scheduled office hours and live online support.

Hands-on Learning

Coursework is designed to maximize students’ ability to learn by doing. The program features internships, a capstone project, and unique collaborative experiences designed to enhance learning and prepare students for the workplace. CAST is dedicated to applied learning because it provides the real-world experience graduates want, and employers require.

 

Courses

AEDV 310: Transitional Resiliency (3 units)

This course blends current research on resiliency, learning, and leadership in an integrative manner to foster individual leadership. Focus is on the: physical, psychological, and social systems of resiliency; psychological principles applied to learning and instructional design; and analysis of readings addressing practical and theoretical leadership principles.

BASV 314: Mathematics for Applied Sciences (3 units)

This course will examine applications of probability, statistics, data analysis, hypothesis testing, apportionment and scheduling to the applied sciences. Registration requires a passing grade on the UA South BAS Math Readiness test.

ENGV 306: Advanced Composition (3 units)

Study of genre and rhetorical situation; advanced practice in expository writing

FSHV 384: Leadership, Ethics, and Professional Practices (3 units)

Theories and applications of leadership and communication applied to professional decision-making, planning and control in the workplace. Examination of personal and professional qualities essential for successful internship and career planning. Roles, responsibilities, and ethical standards for professionals will be examined.

FSHV 408: Program Planning and Evaluation

Basis for and process involved in developing and/or evaluation of individual and family focused programs for schools and communities.

HUSV 301: Introduction to Human Services (3 units)

An overview of human services. Examination of the history and current directions of human services, service delivery models, professional issues, systems and ecological perspectives, and the helping process.

HUSV 310: Identity, Positionality & Cultural Humility (3 units)

This course explores the dynamic relationship between personal and professional identity, and the impact this relationship has when working with individuals and communities from cultures other than our own.

HUSV 326: Research Methods for Social Sciences (3 units)

This course will provide opportunity for students to establish or advance their understanding of research through critical exploration of research language, ethics, and methodological approaches. This course is a requirement for all Human Service students. The content of this course has been designed to prepare students to successfully complete the Senior Capstone (HUSV498).

HUSV 493: Internship (3 units)

Specialized field experience in a human services setting.

HUSV 498: Senior Capstone (3 units)

For students pursuing majors which require a synthesizing project or paper. A culminating experience for students involving a substantive project that demonstrates a synthesis of learning accumulated in the major, including broadly comprehensive knowledge of the discipline and its methodologies. Senior standing required.

 
 

HUSV 347: INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS IN HUMAN SERVICES

Scientific approach to interpersonal communication, focusing on issues that are central to understanding close relationships between romantic partners, friends, and family. Critical analysis of current theory in the field in order to compare and contrast these theories. Application of this theoretical information to the human services field.

HUSV 357: MANAGING DEATH & LOSS IN HUMAN SERVICES

Course includes basic concepts in psychology of death and loss, adjustment to death and loss, and the underlying phenomenal, humanistic and current social considerations. Topics to be analyzed include: cultural denial of death, fears of death, stages of dying, types of death, and signs of impending death. Emphasis is placed on communicating with and working with the dying. Stages of grieving, chronic grief, the disruptive changes in the family system, and strategies for grieving effectively. Current theories of death and loss will be analyzed and applied to human service situations.

HUSV 367: SPIRITUALITY IN HUMAN SERVICES

This course is an overview of the role of spirituality for human services professionals, and assists in understanding contexts of personal spiritual beliefs and how to integrate these personal values with human services professional values. The differences between spirituality and religion will be discussed, and the role of diverse definitions of spirituality as an asset for mental well­being and quality of life will be explored for various community groups.

HUSV 371: PARENT, FAMILY, AND COMMUNITY

The modern family and its relationships with emphasis on young children and their ecosystems, interprofessional collaboration for early intervention.

HUSV 375: BIOLOGY and IMPACTS of EARLY LIFE EVENTS

Principles of planning and creating an appropriate learning environment for infants, toddlers, and young children. This course has a biological focus on development.

HUSV403: INTEGRATIVE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ADVOCACY

This course explores patient navigation and application of integrative health self-care in order to improve human services advocacy. To successfully work within the community, it is important to understand the mechanisms and drivers behind current health trends.

HUSV404: HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Life expectancy and causes of death have traditionally been used as key indicators of population health. While these indicators provide critical information about the health status of populations, they do not offer any information about the quality of the physical, mental, and social domains of life. In this course we will explore multi-dimensional domains of health and wellbeing, at the personal, community, and institutional levels.

HUSV405: INTRODUCTION TO ADVOCACY

Patient advocates provide services to patients and those supporting them, in navigating the complex healthcare continuum. Advocates work to ensure patients have a voice in their care, and access to the necessary information to promote informed decision making. In this course we will explore multi- dimensional domains of advocacy, at the personal, community, and institutional levels.

HUSV 407: CULTURAL & PERSON-CENTERED APPROACH to HUMAN SERVICES

This course explores a cultural and person-centered approach to Human Services through the provision of the Community Health Worker (CHW) Model across multi-cultures; significance and efficacy of culturally and linguistically appropriate services in human services practice settings; core roles and competencies of the CHW model; Models of Care; limitations of and current initiatives in the advancement of the CHW as a formal human service profession; Cultural Humility; CHW multidisciplinary integrated human service approach with marginalized populations in underserved communities.

HUSV 410: INTRODUCTION TO GROUP PROCEDURES & THEORY

Examination of theories, practices and issues relevant in groups. Emphasis on the following group topics: communication, membership, group norms and deviancy, leadership, systems view, developmental stages, self-help, and peer counseling groups.

HUSV 420: INTRODUCTION TO CRISIS INTERVENTION

Introduction to the crisis intervention process for para-professionals. Topics include assessments, intervention, and referral. Examination of: settings for crisis intervention, crisis intervention theories, types of crisis issues and clients.

HUSV 425: INTRODUCTION TO COORDINATION OF CARE IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

This course provides an introduction to the dynamic and fast-paced area of case management. Understanding the roles, responsibilities, and the planning required in successfully managing client cases are the key themes of this course. Students will examine many phases of client cases, starting with obtaining information and progressing to implementing and monitoring client action plans.

HUSV 430: SUBSTANCE ABUSE THEORY & COUNSELING

Examination of issues surrounding substance abuse. Course topics include: impact of use on the individual, families and society, models of addiction, drug classification, assessment methods, intervention models, support groups, confidentiality, and ethics.

HUSV 440: INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

An overview of mental disorders, etiology, prevalence, diagnostic criteria. The impact of disorders on those diagnosed and their families. An introductory course for those planning to work in paraprofessional settings.

HUSV 450: HUMAN SERVICES: MULTICULTURAL PERSPECTIVES

Multicultural theory and principles within human service settings, including in development and multicultural paraprofessional counseling.

FSHV 323: INFANCY & CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Growth, development, and socialization of the child within the family setting, from conception to the middle school years; observations of infants and preschoolers.

FSHV 337: DYNAMICS OF FAMILY RELATIONS

The modern family and its relationships with emphasis on marriage and interpersonal relationships.

FSHV 377: ADOLESCENCE

Growth, development and socialization of the child from the middle school years through adolescence.

FSHV 401: BASIC SKILLS IN COUNSELING

Selected counseling skills and their applications. Designed for students needing basic skills in counseling as an adjunct to other primary occupational functions.

FSHV 405: THEORIES OF COUNSELING

Techniques for the study of human behavior; implications for improving adult-child relationships, applying various theories of counseling.

FSHV 413: ISSUES IN AGING

This course covers a wide range of issues associated with aging, including physical/health changes, social/familial contexts, retirement/economic circumstances as well as the socio-historical and gender-ethnicity factors that affect the experience of aging.

FSHV 447A: SOCIOCULTURAL CONTEXT OF DEVELOPMENT

In-depth examination of human development from a sociocultural perspective; focus on socialization processes in childhood and adolescence and the role of the social and cultural context in those processes.

FSHV 447C: BIOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

This course addresses topics in human development (e.g., family relationships, sexual development, competitive behavior, sex differences, the adolescent brain) from evolutionary and biosocial perspectives.

FSHV 487: ADVANCED FAMILY RELATIONS

Critical analysis of selected studies and current research in family relations.