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HS 215 Week 1 Demographics Now Research Scavenger Hunt

Resource: University Library: Demographics Now database.

Navigate within the tool to gain comfort.

Perform the following to locate this resource:




Click the Library tab above.


Click University Library.


Click Specialized Resources.


Click Demographics Now.


Run a report of the demographics of your city.


Download the report to a PDF or Microsoft® Word® document.


Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following topics:




What is the city you selected, and what did you find interesting about the report?


The selected city population is primarily made of what percentage of gender and what classifications of race?


Were you able to locate per capita income? Do you believe the amount of income in a community changes the number of services needed?


This date can be used when assessing needs of your community, how do you think it can be useful?


Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Submit the findings to the Assignment Files tab.




HS 215 Week 1 Community Enrichment Centers

Imagine you are tasked with making a determination of the usefulness of community centers and neighborhood services. Consider facilities in your own neighborhood like Boys and Girls Clubs, Teen Centers, After School Programs, and other neighborhood enrichment centers. As a new member in the professional world of human services, you aren’t sure where to start.

Read the article “Do public neighborhood centers have the capacity to be instruments of change in human services” located in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Create an 8- to 12-slide PowerPoint® presentation addressing the following in your presentation:




What is the goal of community centers?


Why is there a focus on providing services to low-income populations?


What happens when populations live in rural areas, with little access to services, what are options for these populations?


Do you feel technology should be made available to all users at a public library, addressing the question, should student users at the public library be able to access social media, play games, and utilize dating sites?


How should decisions be made when it comes to members of the community?


What elements do you feel should exist in a neighborhood advisory board?


What keeps community centers open? Have you noticed in your own city, and community centers that have closed due to economics? If so, which ones?


What is meant by a community center purpose to be a “one stop shop” for its participants and citizens?


Format your presentation consistent with APA guidelines and include citations, speaker’s notes as needed.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.




HS 215 Week 1 Coursemate: Ch. 2: Health Care Reform

Watch the Coursemate video in Ch. 2 of Introduction to Human Services.

Respond to the following in no less than 350 words:




Identify the philosophy that most closely resembles each speaker’s position on health care.


How did you know which philosophy was used to describe the speaker’s beliefs about health care reform?


Submit the assignment to the Assignment Files tab.




HS 215 Week 1 Collaborative Discussion

Consider the following statement:

Because human services recognizes client needs as a problems in living, it does not focus on the past but seeks to improve the present and change the future.

Answer the following questions in 100- to 350-words:




As a new member of the human service work force, what are you initial thoughts about this statement?


Do you believe the focus needs to be on needs of the client, or needs of the community?


How would you define Self-Sufficiency?


Respond with your answer to the discussion section below.





HS 215 Week 2 Mandatory Discussion Question

Respond to the following:




1964 is considered the year when the war on poverty started. What act was passed in that year, and what did this act do for society?






HS 215 Week 2 Supporting Activity: Softening: Loving a Child with Special Needs

Having a child with special needs for some is considered a blessing and for others it is considered a lot of hard work, frustration and love.

Watch “Softening: Loving a Child with Special Needs” in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Respond to the following questions:




When you think of the resources made available to families today, and those made available to families 20 years ago, what do you think needs to change?


How should resources be allocated, and what can be done as community investors to assist families with children who have special needs?


In your own community do you feel there is enough education about disabilities?


What would you like to see happen?


What organizations in your community do you know of that can help?


Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 2 Coursemate: Ch. 3: Agency Weblinks

Conduct an internet search for 2-4 weblinks related to human services or similar agencies.

Write a 700- to 1,050-word paper covering the mission, attributes, purpose, audience and the type of assistance the agency provides.

Consider the presence the agency has in society and the community in which the agency services.

Include the following in the paper:




Discuss what you have learned about this agency, and if there is a similar agency or chapter in your community.


Would you consider doing any volunteer work with this agency?


What tenets and type of help does this agency support?


Is this the first time you have heard of this agency?


When you consider your work in Human Services, is this an agency or area of interest you would like to further explore?


Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 3 The Welfare System

Review Table 2.6 in Ch. 2 of the text, Introduction to Human Services, paying close attention to dismantling the welfare system.

Table 2.6 will give summary points of key actions which were a factor in assessing the needs of the people. In 1978 President Jimmy Carter established two key agencies:




The Department of Health and Human Services


Presidents Commission on Mental Health


Create an 8- to 12-slide PowerPoint® presentation highlighting the salient points of each agency. In your presentation provide a synopsis of the following:




Why the agencies were created.


What opposition or support President Carter experienced.


What changes have taken place with these agencies since 1978.


Any other points of interests regarding these agencies.


You will find significant content related to President’s Carters accomplishments. Use your critical thinking to locate information that will be useful in your presentation. The following statement was made by President Carter:

The greatest discrimination in the world how is against poor people.

Submit your assignment using the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 3 Coursemate: Ch. 5 Quiz

Complete the Chapter 5 Tutorial Quiz.

Review your incorrect answers in the quiz summary.

Take a screenshot of your score and save it into a Microsoft® Word® document.

Write a 100- to 350-word summation of the quiz content. Consider what has given you trouble, what concepts were “muddy” and what you may want to explore.

Submit your screenshot and the summation to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 4 Coursemate: Typical Day for a Front Line Human Service Professional

Watch “Typical Day for a Front Line Human Service Professional.”

Respond to the following questions in no less than 350-words.




After hearing a day in the life, is this line of work something that still interests you?


Is there anything that is unexpected?


How difficult do you beleive it is, to help people day in and day out? Could you become exhausted? If so, what would you do?


If you could have your dream job, at the entry level in Human Services, what would you be doing, and what population would you like to serve?


Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 4 Terms and Concepts Exploration

Utilizing your text and the internet locate the definitions of the following terms. Once you have located the definition and have a full understanding, write a 350- to 700- word synopsis of how this role or concept plays a major part in crisis intervention, assessing needs, referring, and monitoring client progress.






human service professional


community caretakers


cultural broker


HS-BCP Human Services Board Practitioner


case manager


nonprofessional helpers




frontline helper


self-help groups




Confirm you have a proper understanding of each term as you move into Week Five.

Submit your assignment to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 4 Case Study Week 4: “Meet Carmen Rodriquez”

Read the case study located in Ch. 6 of, Introduction to Human Services, “Meet Carmen Rodriquez.”

Answer the four questions posed at the end of the case study.

Write a 350-to 700-word summation of the three levels of categrozing helping professionals.

Include in your answer the category for Carmen Rodriquez based on the three level system of categorizing helping professionals.

Submit your final work to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 4 Coursemate: Ch. 6 Quiz

Complete the Chapter 6 Tutorial Quiz.

Review your incorrect answers in the quiz summary.

Take a screenshot of your score and save it into a Microsoft® Word® document.

Write a 100- to 350-word summation of the quiz content. Consider what has given you trouble, what concepts were “muddy” and what you may want to explore.

Submit your screenshot and the summation to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 5 Supporting Activity, Softening: Education and Social Services

Watch “Education and Social Services” in this week’s Electronic Reserve Readings.

Answer the following questions,




What challenges do you expect to face working in human services?


What motivates you to help others?


How will you react to crisis, tragedy, poor living decisions, drug abuse and other deviant behaviors when dealing with clients?


What qualities did you find were showcased in the video? Pay close attention to what each person discusses in the video.


What rewards could there be working in Human Services? 


Submit your answers to the Assignment Files tab.





HS 215 Week 5 Goals, Focus, and Success Plan

Complete the Goals, Focus, and Success Plan worksheet.

Submit your completed worksheet to the Assignment Files tab.

Goals, Focus, and Success Plan



Read this entire document. Then, complete the chart with as much detail as possible. Your finished product will include this worksheet and a 700-to 1,050-word synopsis of your findings. Address each topic included in this worksheet in your final document.


Why is professional development and continuous improvement necessary?


For many of you, this may be your first experience with the helping professions field. In this field, your behaviors could potentially be emulated by your clients. You may be an example to a young child, young woman, or older adult, each looking to make improvements in their life. In this course, you have learned about what it takes to work in this field, as well as what types of people can thrive and change society for the better. Continuous improvement and professional development is something that will be part of a long and successful career in the helping professions. Experience and achievement of goals is paramount for success and will improve your ability to guide others. It is a crucial part of a systematic approach that translates goals into concrete action steps.


What should I include in my plan?


Include a goal or goals that will enhance a skill area where you currently have strengths, or develop skill areas or acquire new skills in an area of your field responsibility. It is important that you set goals that are SMART:
















This typically means identifying one to three areas based on your priorities and the priorities of your professional environment. The plan should be action-oriented, outlining the steps needed to realize your goal or goals.


How will the plan benefit me? 


The plan is designed to help you reflect on your strengths and areas of improvement as a person who wants to work in the helping professions. It is equally important to chart a course to reach your personal, professional, and developmental goals.


How do I proceed?


First, set a goal. Your goal should be concrete enough to guide behavior change and growth. For example, rather than making a vague statement such as, “Get a job at the child crisis center,” you could say, “I want to have the skills and utilize what I have learned in my coursework and volunteer experiences to obtain the position, and immediately start contributing to the benefit of the child crisis center.” Next, identify as many activities or strategies as are needed to reach your goal. You may want to brainstorm all possibilities and then sort through and specify which will work best for you. Finally, identify the resources to which you may have access to accomplish your goals. These can range from formal courses, school assignments, or self-directed tasks, such as babysitting or working with a shelter or pet rescue center, depending on availability and effectiveness.


Examples include the following:





Formal learning opportunities: workshops and classes


Self-directed learning: training videos, books, and audio tapes


On-the-job experiences: observing other workers, being mentored, or mentoring


Small group learning: discussion groups and focus groups




Goals, Focus, and Success Plan





















Professional Development Activities
Individual goal for areas of focus: 


Rationale for selecting this goal (Why did you choose this area to focus on?):


What activities and resources will you implement and utilize to achieve this goal? What is your timeline for fulfilling this goal?
















How do plan to apply what you have learned? 
















How will you measure the success of intended outcomes? 




Goals, Focus, and Success Plan – Review Form


Identify or describe the goal: _______________________________________________________________________________________















Describe the activities you completed to meet your professional development goal. What did you expect to happen because of these activities? Be specific about the outcome you anticipated, even if the results did not come out as planned. What effect did these activities have on your level of commitment to your current degree program goal? Are there any implications for further growth? 






HS 215 Week 5 Coursemate: Ch. 8 Quiz

Complete the Chapter 8 Tutorial Quiz.

Review your incorrect answers in the quiz summary.

Take a screenshot of your score and save it into a Microsoft® Word® document.

Write a 100- to 350-word summation of the quiz content. Consider what has given you trouble, what concepts were “muddy” and what you may want to explore.

Submit your screenshot and the summation to the Assignment Files tab.



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