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Walden’s M.S. in Human Services General Program explores the full spectrum of human services competencies and strategies. As a student, you will gain insight into the history of the profession, learn best practices for human services delivery systems, and practice effective program planning and evaluation methods. By studying a broad range of topics, you can expand your understanding of the field and gain practical skills you can apply immediately on the job and use to advance your career.
This program can be completed in as little as 15 months. Time to completion may vary depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.
*Elective courses may be any 5-credit graduate-level course.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to Walden University and to the requirements for successful participation in an online curriculum. It provides a foundation for academic and professional success as a scholar-practitioner and as a social change agent. Topics include the relation of the mission and vision to professional goals; development of the program of study and Professional Development Plan; strategies for online success; introduction to the online library; and introduction to critical thinking, professional writing, and academic integrity. Course assignments focus on practical application of writing and critical-thinking skills and the promotion of academic excellence.
This course is designed to provide a doctoral-level foundation in the history and development of the various human services professions. It integrates information from various specializations, in areas such as counseling, social work, psychology, family studies, and criminal justice. Examining both the strengths and weaknesses of the human services delivery systems, students will review the origins of the profession as well as its various responses to the changing needs of society. Students can begin to develop their identities as leaders, researchers, and best practices informants in the area of human services. They do this through critical literature reviews related to research, policy, and practice; discussions about human services and contemporary society; and course assignments. The focus of this course is on the competencies and ethics of human services professionals.
Understanding how theory, research, and practice are connected is a vital skill for the human services scholar-practitioner. In this course, students critically review traditional and contemporary theories in human services and how they inform practice. In addition, students examine the strengths and weaknesses of the existing body of research in serving a dynamic society, placing special emphasis on cultural bias and traditional theory. Throughout the course, students review how theories and research studies apply to communities, individuals, problems, and policies. The culmination of the course is the development of a conceptual framework to address a critical issue in human services practice.
Students in this course explore the cultural components, research, and theory of cross-cultural psychology. In addition to the previously listed goals, the focus of this course is on the impact that culture has on the field of psychology around the world. The scope of this course is broad, with the core theme being cross-cultural psychology (focusing on cultures representing different parts of the world) and comparing cultural influence on human psychology. Many of the topics addressed in the course are related to human development. Additionally, interactions between culture and social behaviors, health, mental health, and mental illnesses are emphasized throughout this course.
Ethics is a foundational element of leadership. Leaders face increasingly complex social and political challenges as they seek to meet the needs of diverse constituents. Students in this course explore ethics and social justice related to economic disparity, power, and privilege. Students use demographic data, current social trends, and themes to understand, analyze, and address ethical and social justice issues that affect the delivery of human services in a global community.
Diminishing resources are compounding the societal challenges facing human services agencies today. In this course, students will examine the core competencies that human services administrators need to address these challenges and make a greater difference in the communities they serve. A broad range of skills and innovative approaches will be discussed, including cross-agency collaboration, stakeholder communication, supervision of people and processes, creation and implementation of policies, and strategic planning and management. Through course discussions, applications, and critical literature reviews, students can demonstrate knowledge and skills that are directly translatable to their current work environment.
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to evaluation research and to provide them with a foundation in the design of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method approaches to counseling research and evaluation. Students learn the strengths and limitations of each method and under what circumstances each research design approach would be the most appropriate. Students learn how to identify a topic for research, how to conduct a literature search, and the importance of scholarly writing. Other topics include the history and theory underlying program evaluation, approaches to evaluation, the procedures and techniques for entering a group for which one would provide evaluation services, and techniques used to perform the evaluation. Strategies for getting gatekeepers to be invested in the development of the research and in the outcomes, demonstrating program effectiveness, and disseminating results to stakeholders are also presented. Students learn to write a research proposal, addressing the following key elements: researching, writing an introduction, stating a purpose for the study, identifying research questions and hypotheses, using theory, defining the significance of the study, and collecting and analyzing data. Students are exposed to legal and ethical issues associated with human subjects’ protection.
Elective courses give you the opportunity to further explore your interests beyond the prescribed program curriculum. You may choose to take any course designated as an approved elective by the program’s completion requirements.
This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the responsibility of counselor educators to foster social change; provide leadership and service to the counseling and human services professional; and advocate for their community, clients, colleagues, and profession. Students will use current research to examine the current trends and issues of the profession and identify how community, national, and international issues affect the counseling and human services profession. Students also will understand the processes of advocacy and social change. In addition, students will continue to enhance their professional development plans by identifying specific goals for professional involvement and service.
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