Courses of Study: Human Services

Human Services, Grade 9 - 12, Family Studies and Community Services I, 2009

1.) Determine roles of personnel employed in family and human services careers.

•  Examining education and training requirements for employees in family and human services careers
•  Describing personal benefits of employment in the family and human services field
2.) Analyze agencies, organizations, services, and other resources available through family and human services to meet the needs of clients throughout the life span.

•  Describing characteristics of clients in need of assistance from family and human services
•  Summarizing current laws, trends, and issues that impact family and human services provided to clients
3.) Explain the impact of disadvantaging conditions encountered by individuals and families.

Examples: poor health, lack of transportation, lack of income, limited mobility, loss of home, loss of spouse

•  Describing modifications needed to accommodate individuals with disadvantaged conditions
•  Describing the need for informing clients of their rights, responsibilities, and services available
4.) Determine methods used in family and human services programs to equip clients with basic life skills.

5.) Evaluate ways technology is used to provide services to clients.

6.) Determine major roles and responsibilities necessary to manage family and human services programs.

7.) Evaluate professional work behaviors, skills, and knowledge needed to provide services to clients, including confidentiality, professional behavior, teamwork, and maintaining accurate records.

•  Explaining the value of participation in professional family and human service organizations
8.) Evaluate safety practices used in the family and human services workplace, including first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and hazardous conditions.

9.) Identify interpersonal, verbal, and nonverbal communication skills needed in family and human services careers.

10.) Compare physical, intellectual, social, and emotional developmental needs of clients throughout the life cycle.

•  Explaining theories of human development
•  Analyzing various formal and informal assessment tools to determine client needs
•  Identifying developmentally appropriate activities for clients based on their needs
•  Explaining methods and techniques used to promote positive well-being and emotional stability of clients
11.) Explain ways nutrition, exercise, and other lifestyle choices impact the health and wellness of clients.

Examples: dangers of substance abuse, health and wellness issues

12.) Develop a health and wellness management plan for clients.

•  Explaining how clients are informed regarding implementation of a health and wellness management plan
13.) Describe the impact of aging on the physical, mental, social, and emotional characteristics of the older adult population.

14.) Determine major concerns and issues faced by older adults.

Examples: health, safety, housing, loss of independence, finance, social, intellectual needs

15.) Describe the impact of intergenerational living on older adults and families.

16.) Appraise characteristics of a quality program for providing services to older adults.

17.) Determine client situations requiring crisis intervention.

18.) Analyze coping strategies and stress management practices for clients and family members that require intervention.

19.) Evaluate strategies used to overcome diverse challenges faced by family and human services clients.

20.) Describe ethical responsibilities regarding suspected abuse and neglect of clients.