IHSW101 Introduction to Human Service Work

This course provides an introduction to human service work in a northern and rural context with an emphasis on Indigenous communities and individuals. Students will be introduced to the skills, knowledge, and values necessary for entry-level work in a human service field. The course prepares students through an examination of the history, nature, and characteristics of effective human service workers.


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 45)


Total Weeks: 15





Non-Course Prerequisites:






Course Content:
- A definition of helping
- Careers in Social Service Work
- Characteristics of Social Service Workers
- Common concerns of beginning helpers
- Principles and values of helping
- The process and stages of the helping process
- Helping skills for loss and grief
- Helping skills for positive action and behavior change
- Ethical issues in helping relationships
- Knowledge of effective self-care for Social Service Workers



Learning Outcomes:
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Recognize currents trends and practices in the Social Service Worker field
- Understand the process and stages of the helping process
- Demonstrate the ethics and values of the British Columbia Social Work Code of Ethics work
- Illustrate personal readiness and suitability for Social Service Work
- Identify issues of diversity and the impact on the helping relationship
- Define personal boundary issues that have an effect on the helping relationship
- Name the range of community resources for specific target populations
- Demonstrate effective work as a team member in a classroom setting
- Describe Social Service Worker practice within the context of social change and social justice obligations.



Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: C+ (65%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 70


Percentage of Group Work: 30


Text Books:
Textbooks are subject to change. Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.