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Social and Community Services Specialization Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services

School of Counseling and Human Services

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Residency Requirement(s):

Three ten-week courses with a four-day embedded residency experience (DRS-R8925, DRS-R8926, DRS-R8927). See university policy 3.04.05 Attendance at Residencies and the Residencies page on Campus for more information. Also see each graduate school’s residency courses.

 

 

Twenty-Three Required Courses

 

 

84 quarter credits

Core courses:

HMSV8002
Multidisciplinary Practice and Case Analysis for Doctoral Learners

Learners in this course critically analyze theory and research in human services, with an emphasis on contemporary research and application issues. In addition, learners use a multidisciplinary approach to examine the connection between individuals, organizations, and society to construct public value in human services. Must be taken during the learner’s first quarter. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer

4 quarter credits
HMSV8120 *
Advanced Qualitative Research Methods in Human Services

In this course, learners investigate qualitative research methods, designs, and ethical issues associated with the qualitative research process. Learners develop skills used to conduct qualitative research, such as applying theoretical foundations, developing qualitative collection methods, analyzing data, and evaluating results for future research and professional practice. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860 or SHB8100. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8130 *
Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Human Services

In this course, learners investigate quantitative research methods, designs, and ethical issues associated with the quantitative research process. Learners develop skills used to conduct quantitative research, such as applying theoretical foundations, developing quantitative collection methods, analyzing data, and evaluating results for future research and professional practice. Prerequisite(s): PSL7860 or SHB8100. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8140 *
Advanced Research Methods in Human Services

Learners in this course evaluate the relevance and appropriateness of a specific methodological approach in preparation for the dissertation. Learners examine planning and sampling, measurement, statistical and qualitative analytic models, results analysis and interpretation, and ethical considerations. Learners also conceptualize, plan, and design a doctoral research proposal. Must be taken prior to the comprehensive examination. Prerequisite(s): DRS-R8926, HMSV8120, HMSV8130. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
HMSV8212 *
Advanced Ethics and Leadership for Diverse Populations

The focus of this course is the ethical and leadership responsibilities of human service professionals. Learners synthesize ethical principles with leadership roles in public and private settings and evaluate the ways professionals apply ethics and leadership in their work with diverse client and community populations. Prerequisite(s): HMSV8002.

4 quarter credits
HS8300
Diversity in the Workplace

In this course, learners review contemporary workplace diversity issues. In particular, learners compare and contrast inclusion policies; evaluate relevant research findings; apply best practices for a diverse workplace; and integrate professional and ethical codes, standards, and laws in the human services work setting. 

4 quarter credits
PSL7860 *
Survey of Research Methods

Learners in this course critically evaluate research in order to gain an understanding of the scientific methods of inquiry and the ethical considerations of research. Learners focus on becoming educated consumers and creators of research. Learners also use their research design skills to analyze and apply research methodologies, validity, reliability and other components of scientific research related to their field of interest. Prerequisite(s): DPA8400 or MPA5400 or PSL7030 or PSL8106 or completion of or concurrent registration in HMSV8216 or SWK8035. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits
PSL8106
Epistemology of Practice Knowledge

Learners in this course examine theories that guide the acquisition of knowledge within human services professions. Learners critically analyze and evaluate the methods used to develop social science theory as a precursor to examining and applying the scientific method. Learners also study theory derivation, the link between research methods and theory, and the ways scholar-practitioners apply the scientific method. Throughout the course learners enhance their research, statistical, and data analysis skills using the latest version of Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) software. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

4 quarter credits

DRS-R8925 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 1 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to initiate the development of a dissertation research plan. Throughout the course, learners focus on identifying a theory, topic, and research problem appropriate for their specialization. Track 1 learners must also complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 1 (Research Ethics Education). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 1 learning outcomes. For PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision, and PhD in Human Services learners only. Prerequisite(s): PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed SHB8100. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8110. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed or be concurrently registered in PSL7860. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits
DRS-R8926 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 2 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to develop a research question and to select an appropriate dissertation topic. In Track 2, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 2 (Topic Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 2 learning outcomes. Prerequisite(s): DRS-R8925. PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed HMSV8120, HMSV8130. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8120, CES8122. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed PSL7868 or HMSV8120;  PSL7864 or HMSV8130. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits
DRS-R8927 *
PhD Dissertation Research Seminar Track 3

The intensive, ten-week PhD Dissertation Seminar Track 3 includes both an online courseroom and a face-to-face weekend residency experience. Learners interact with peers and faculty as they participate in online courseroom and weekend residency activities that emphasize applying the research skills necessary to detail a methodological design, sampling plan, and strategy for data analysis. In Track 3, learners complete PhD Dissertation Milestone 5 (Research Plan Approval). Following the weekend residency experience, learners complete a final assessment that demonstrates Track 3 learning outcomes. Learners must complete Track 3 prior to beginning the comprehensive examination phase of the program. Prerequisite(s): DRS-R8926. PhD in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior learners must have completed HMSV8140. PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision learners must have completed CES8123, CES8768, CES8772. PhD in Human Services learners must have completed HMSV8140. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Specialization courses:

HS8103
Principles and Practices of Social Work

In this course, learners examine theories, current methods, and practice models that guide the acquisition of knowledge within the social work profession. Learners explore the elaboration of underlying assumptions, intervention methods, and social change in working with clients, families, groups, and communities. Learners also consider factors in effective practice and research, including social worker-client process issues, treatment outcomes, social work interventions and related current research, and ethical issues. 

4 quarter credits
HS8413
Social Influences of Behavior

Learners in this course explore behavior that is influenced by the presence of others, or behavior that is under the control of society. Topics include culture and society, large and small group behavior, cross-cultural factors, and interpersonal relationships. Learners in this course review the social psychology of decision making, attitude formation, and social attribution and their application to contemporary issues.

4 quarter credits
HS8453
Prevention and Causes of Child Abuse

The focus of this course is on the research and application of evidence-based practice models that support the prevention and early intervention of child abuse and neglect. Learners examine indicators that may identify at-risk and highrisk family situations and analyze the roles and responsibilities of the human service practitioner in child abuse and neglect assessment, prevention, intervention, and reporting. Learners also evaluate the impact of ethical and cultural conflicts, management perspectives, and the implementation of family preservation programs.

4 quarter credits
HS8476
Methods of Family Research

Learners in this course explore the measurement of family variables and the complexities of family research design, data collection, and analysis. Topics include scales of measurement, validity and reliability, experimental and nonexperimental designs, and approaches to integrating clinical research with practice.

4 quarter credits
HS8478
The Family in Social Context

Learners in this course examine families from a systems perspective and explore the dynamics and systems influencing family structures. Learners also identify the leadership skills needed to work with diverse family groups and the challenges faced by human services professionals.

4 quarter credits
HS8745
Grief and Bereavement Counseling

This course familiarizes learners with the issues of grief, loss, bereavement, and the mourning process. Throughout the course, learners examine grief related to the sudden or prolonged death of adults and children, losses due to natural disaster catastrophes, combat trauma and loss, and physical health trauma. In addition, learners gain an understanding of the psychological stages of grief, the symptoms of grief, and techniques for coping with a range of loss issues, from both the perspective of a provider and that of a leader, supervisor, or manager. Learners may earn credit for either CST8745 or HS8745, but not both.

4 quarter credits
HS8764
Contemporary Issues in Compulsive and Addictive Behavior Treatment

Learners in this course examine current research and trends for working with compulsive and addictive behaviors along a continuum of prevention and treatment practices. Topics include changes in practice models based on transition to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) criteria; integration of substance abuse treatment into primary care settings; developments in psychopharmacological and alternative intervention practices; influences of ethics, culture, and public health model practices on intervention and treatment; and the use of Internet resources in the field.

4 quarter credits

Upon completion of all required coursework:

HS9919 *
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination

This course includes an overview of the comprehensive examination process, the university’s expectations of academic honesty and integrity, the three core themes of the examination, and the evaluation criteria. The courseroom mentor provides three questions addressing the core themes. Learners write answers to the comprehensive examination questions. Answers are evaluated by faculty readers using point-scale scoring rubrics. Upon passing the comprehensive examination, learners are eligible to register for the first dissertation course. Grading for this course is S/NS. Prerequisite(s): Completion of all required and elective coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Completion of practicum courses, if applicable. Fulfillment of all residency requirements. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer.

3 quarter credits

Learners must register for HS9960 a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements.

HS9960 *
Dissertation Courseroom

This course provides learners with resources, guidance, and peer and mentor support during each dissertation course as they complete the required milestones. Grading for this course is S/NS. Learners must register for this course a minimum of four times to fulfill their specialization requirements. Prerequisite(s): HS9919. Cannot be fulfilled by transfer. 

3 quarter credits each

 

 

Two Elective Courses

 

 

8 quarter credits

Choose any graduate course(s).

 

 

Total

 

 

92 quarter credits

 

* Denotes courses that have prerequisite(s). Refer to the descriptions for further details.

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