Journal of Human Services

The leading source for the latest research in the profession, Journal of Human Services, is published once each year and distributed each fall to current members as part of NOHS's membership benefits. The principal audiences of the Journal of Human Services are human service faculty members, administrators, practitioners, and undergraduate and graduate students in human services. The Journal publishes articles, brief notes, and critical reviews of instructional materials and scholarly books pertaining to topics including teaching methods, models of internships, faculty development, career paths of graduates, credentialing, accreditation, models of undergraduate and graduate study, clinical issues in human service treatment, and supervision of human service practitioners.

Articles

Vol. 37, No. 1, Fall

Human Service Students' and Professionals' Knowledge and Experiences of Interprofessionalism: Implications for Education
Introduction The field of Human Services (HMSV) has evolved and emerged as a distinct discipline with a unique professional identity over the past few decades (Neukrug, 2017). Human Services Practitioners (HSPs) work in a variety of settings with...
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Taking Deliberate Steps: Working toward a Career in Human Services in Appalachia
Introduction About 25 million people live in the Appalachian region (Pollard & Jacobsen, 2012). Central Appalachia, the focus of this research, includes Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and southwest West Virginia counties falling within the Appalachian...
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Barriers to Counseling among Human Service Professionals: The Development and Validation of the Fit, Stigma, & Value (FSV) Scale
Introduction Preventing and ameliorating vicarious traumatization, compassion fatigue, and burnout among mental health professionals is critical if clients are to receive effective services (Brownlee, 2016; Corey, Muratori, Austin, & Austin,...
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Human Services Students' Preferences for Master's Level Training
Introduction Many human services (HMSV) students close to graduation are not only seeking employment in the field but are also considering their future career paths and the training needed to reach their long-term professional goals. Traditionally,...
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Professional Standards: Embracing Preventive Ethics in Human Services
Introduction The National Organization of Human Services (NOHS) has been at the forefront of increasing recognition and growth of human services. One result of this has been the adoption of the 1996 NOHS ethical code and the more recent, 2015 revision...
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Identify, Intervene, and Advocate: Human Services Workers' Role in Youth Sex Trafficking
Introduction Human trafficking is a global, criminal activity. The President of the United States has referred to it as "modern slavery" (Obama, 2012). Globally, individuals are trafficked for both labor and sex within and external to their passport...
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Human Service Professionals and the Ongoing Need for Aging-Related Education
Introduction The dramatic growth in the number and proportion of older adults is unprecedented in American history. It is projected that by 2030 there will be approximately 71.5 million Americans aged 65 years and older and by 2050, this will increase...
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Review of Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists: A Guide to Improving Clinical Effectiveness
Book Review In Deliberate Practice for Psychotherapists: A Guide to Improving Clinical Effectiveness (2017), author Tony Rousmaniere addresses one of the most important issues that human services practitioners encounter--the need to continue to...
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Review of Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity
Book Review Silberman's sweeping Neurotribes: The Legacy of Autism and the Future of Neurodiversity (2015) contributes a valuable, less-pathologizing vision to the growing body of literature on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This highly engaging...
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Vol. 36, No. 1, Fall

Human Services Students' Perspectives on Death Education: Listening to Their Lived Experiences
Abstract Death education for healthcare professionals is rare in spite of the fact that many of them will work with dying and bereaved populations. Researchers have identified the benefits of death education for various helping professionals, but...
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Control Cognitions and Sexual Risk Behaviors in African American Males
Abstract This study examined the relationship between locus of control, condom use adherence, and the maintenance of concurrent sexual relationships in African American males. The study yielded a positive correlation between locus of control and...
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The Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals: Revision 2015
Abstract The ethical code of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), Ethical Standards for Human Services Professionals, was first drafted and approved in the 1990's. More recently, a substantial five-year effort was given to preparing...
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The Affordable Care Act and Addiction Treatment: Preparing the Undergraduate Human Services Professional
Abstract The steady growth of the substance abuse and addiction field in addition to the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACT) increases the need for competent and credentialed substance abuse professionals. As generalists in the helping field,...
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Introducing Mindfulness and Contemplative Pedagogy as an Approach to Building Helping Skills in Human Services Students
Abstract In this article, we describe the development and implementation of contemplative pedagogy in human services education. Our focus is on mindfulness and related practices as a key contemplative pedagogical approach for human services education....
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Connecting Human Services Students with Professional Experiences
Abstract Faculty members developed an online course to assist and support adult students interested in human services as they engaged in professional development opportunities in their communities. The course, called "Professional Experiences in...
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Applying John Dewey's Theory of Education to Infuse Experiential Learning in an Introduction to Human Services Course
Abstract Teaching an introductory human services course is challenging, as educators must provide an overview of effective practice in a highly diverse field. Researchers conducted a review of all of the prior editions of the Journal of Human Services...
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Inclusion of "Human Service Professional" in the Standard Occupational Classification System
Abstract The human services field has continued to grow, and today, it is considered one of the major social services professions. Despite its establishment, the Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) continues to exclude the term "human service...
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Creating an Interdisciplinary Human Services Program
Abstract The field of human services is interdisciplinary in nature. Creating an interdisciplinary human services program provides college faculty the opportunity to present students with a variety of perspectives and encourages them to make meaningful...
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Gaining Understanding of Human Services Professionals: A Survey of NOHS Membership
Abstract Through a survey of the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), this article examines the demographics, credentials, and interest in becoming involved in the human services profession as well as in advocacy efforts for human services...
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Review of College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons
Book Review With College for Convicts: The Case for Higher Education in American Prisons, Christopher Zoukis (2014) enters the ongoing national debate on rehabilitation versus punishment for people convicted of crimes. Specifically, he argues that...
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Book Review: Herman, J. (2015). Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence-From Domestic Abuse to Political Terror
Book Review Judith Herman, M.D., is a researcher and clinician who specializes in trauma studies and working with survivors of trauma. Her vast experience is evident in the way that the book paints a vivid portrait of the impact of trauma on the...
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Vol. 35, No. 1, Fall

Emotional Intelligence of Undergraduate Human Services Students
Abstract This study assessed whether undergraduate students at varying levels of completion in a human services program would exhibit higher levels of emotional intelligence (EI) in comparison to students in non-human services degree programs (criminal...
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Can Trauma Focused Grief Education Decrease Acting-Out Behavior among Bereaved Children? A Pilot Study
Abstract This study examined the impact of trauma focused grief education on acting-out behavior among a sample of 33 bereaved youth. Such an intervention has not previously been evaluated. The Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory was used in a pre-...
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Students' Experiences with Different Course Delivery Modalities: On Campus, Online, and Satellite
Abstract In an effort to adapt to the technological advances of this century, the training of human services professionals has grown from traditional classrooms and satellite programs to online education. Many human services programs are under pressure...
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An Exploratory Study of Parenting Dimensions and Family Conflict among Head Start Participants: An Examination of Hispanic Mothers
Abstract Understanding the dynamics of the relationship between family conflict and parenting is important to human service practice. When assisting clients, human service practitioners must address many different systems including culture, historical...
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The Role of Personality in Adaptation to Stress Associated with Separation and Divorce: A Guide for Human Services Professionals and Mental Health Providers
Abstract The prevalence of marital separation and divorce among populations served by human services professionals and mental health providers is evident to those in the field. Marital disruption through separation and divorce appear to produce...
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The Environmental Screening Questionnaire: A Brief Family Risk and Resilience Screening
Abstract The validity and utility of the Environmental Screening Questionnaire (ESQ), a brief family assessment that measures family risk and resilience factors and assists in identifying specific family support needs was studied. Scores from the...
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A Conceptual Review of Workplace Stigma Consciousness: Recommendations for LGB Workers, Professional Helpers, and Other Agents of Social Change
Abstract Many workplaces are unsafe for lesbian, gay, and bisexual workers. LGB workers are stigmatized in the workplace and treated as less than equal human beings. Largely, federal law in the United States has historically been slow to protect...
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Promoting Wellness in Human Services Training: Infusing a Wellness Model across the Undergraduate Human Services Curriculum
Abstract This article examines how undergraduate human services programs may systematically provide opportunities for student self-development as recommended by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education [CSHSE] (2013). A potential approach...
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Victoria Earle Matthews and Urban Human Services Students
Abstract This report discusses the use of an optional essay about Victoria Earle Matthews, the first African American social worker in Brooklyn, New York from the 19th century to connect a freshmen human services class to the history of the field....
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Using Kohlberg's Model to Find Common Ground with Punishment-Oriented Adults
Abstract Human services professionals are frequently called upon to encourage parents and other caregivers to adopt less punitive approaches when interacting with children. Punishment-based approaches tend to be counterproductive in promoting moral...
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Skillful Means: Expanding the Application of Mindfulness Practices in Human Services
Abstract Several recent articles have provided general overviews of mindfulness practices, their historical roots in the teachings of the Buddha and their contemporary utilization in behavioral health and human services practice for a broad array...
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Guidelines for Authors
The Journal of Human Services (JHS) is a national refereed journal. Manuscripts judged by the editors to fall within the range of interest of the journal will be submitted to reviewers without the names and identifying information of the authors. The...
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Vol. 34, No. 1, Fall

Teaching Undergraduates about Mindfulness
Teaching Undergraduates about Mindfulness Contemporary mindfulness interventions evolved from mindfulness practices that date back thousands of years in Eastern spiritual traditions, most notably Buddhism (Bruce, Manber, Shapiro, & Constantino,...
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Perceptions of the HS-BCP Credential: A Survey of Human Service Professionals
Perceptions of the HS-BCP Credential: A Survey of Human Service Professionals The role of the human service professional was first defined during the 1960s when the field was established (McPheeters, 1990; Neukrug, 2013). As then, today's human...
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Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Role of the Human Service Practitioner: Working Effectively with Veterans' Families
Secondary Traumatic Stress and the Role of the Human Service Practitioner: Working Effectively with Veterans' Families As of March 2013, approximately 2.5 million veterans were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan (Adams, 2013). Many veterans are deployed...
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Mindfulness: An Overview for Human Service Professionals
Mindfulness: An Overview for Human Service Professionals The application of mindfulness as a counseling intervention has gained significant attention among healthcare researchers and practitioners within the past decade (Germer, 2013). The proliferation...
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A Time to Tell? Legal Issues regarding the Duty to Warn and Protect
A Time to Tell? Legal Issues Regarding the Duty to Warn and Protect Recent mass killings in Arizona, Colorado, and Connecticut, perpetrated by individuals with severe mental health disorders, stress the responsibility human services professionals...
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Psychological Aspects of Social Media and Mental Well-Being
Psychological Aspects of Social Media and Mental Well-Being Since the development of the first social media site SixDegrees in 1997, scholars in the field of human services have begun the process of exploring the many ripe areas of study in this...
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The Creation of a "Servicing Veterans and Their Families" Course
The Creation of a "Servicing Veterans and Their Families" Course Since the Iraq (i.e., Operation Iraqi Freedom or OIF) and Afghanistan (i.e., Operation Enduring Freedom or OEF) wars began in 2003, more than one million troops have been deployed...
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Grieving Students in Helping Professions
Grieving Students in Helping Professions Bereavement, the overall experience of losing a loved one, is a life transition from which college students are not excluded. In fact, an estimated 33 percent of undergraduate college students are grieving...
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Introduction to the Special Topics Section on Current Issues
We are pleased to publish this special section on current issues in human services in this year's Journal of Human Services. With the fast-paced world we now live in, the editors of the journal realized that new issues quickly arise and sometimes challenge...
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The Significance of Empowerment in the Field of Health and Human Services
The Significance of Empowerment in the Field of Health and Human Services Client and patient empowerment is a necessary component in maintaining health and overcoming illnesses and diseases (Bann, Sirois & Walsh, 2010; Mola, Debonis &...
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Compassion Fatigue in Human Service Practitioners
Compassion Fatigue in Human Service Practitioners Human service practitioners (HSPs) are called to serve a diverse group of clients. These clients present a myriad of social and psychological problems, including the past traumas of abuse and the...
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Awareness, Recognition, and Action: Meeting the Needs of Geriatric Clients
Awareness, Recognition, and Action: Meeting the Needs of Geriatric Clients According to the U.S. Census Bureau (USCB), as of 2010, over 40 million people comprised the geriatric population which is 13% of the overall national population (USCB, 2011b)....
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The Value and Importance of International Service Learning Programs: A Model for Human Service Education
The Value and Importance of International Service Learning Programs: A Model for Human Service Education The United States is a globalized society that demands the understanding of and the ability to work with people from diverse cultural groups....
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Addressing the Gaps in Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Opportunity for Human Service Providers
Addressing the Gaps in Services for Survivors of Human Trafficking: An Opportunity for Human Service Providers Introduction Human trafficking is modern day slavery (Logan, Walker, & Hunt, 2009). The 2000 Trafficking Victims Protection Act...
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Cultivating Substantive Peer Interaction in Online Human Service Courses
Cultivating Substantive Peer Interaction in Online Human Service Courses Literature Review The field of human services has experienced a similar pattern of growth as other certificate and degree programs offered in wholly online formats (Allen...
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Social Entrepreneurships and Human Services: An Effective Collaboration
Social Entrepreneurships and Human Services: An Effective Collaboration Literature Review Back in the 1960's, the concept of social entrepreneurship was developed using modern day business principles to apply to the creation of organizations...
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Radiance in the Community: Living and Working in Wisdom
Radiance in the Community: Living and Working in Wisdom Literature Review Readers are guided to consider a shift in perspective that has been occurring in the helping professions for decades. The movement towards a resiliency focused, strengths-based,...
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Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning in Human Service Education
Beyond the Classroom: Service Learning in Human Service Education Service learning is a widely touted topic in higher education, and provides a foundation on which students can build skills, gain experience, and begin to navigate their chosen field...
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The Emergence of Behavioral Addiction in DSM-5
The Emergence of Behavioral Addiction in DSM-5 Significant changes in organization and structure were revealed when the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) was released in 2013. What was once a multiaxial...
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Teaching and Learning in "Post-Racial" America: Implications for Human Service Professionals
Teaching and Learning in "Post-Racial" America: Implications for Human Service Professionals I was drawn to the field of human services because of the long history of, and emphasis on, social justice and equity within the profession. This emphasis...
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Delinquency Intervention Development: The Importance of Considering Immigrant Youths' Adaptive Challenges
Delinquency Intervention Development: The Importance of Considering Immigrant Youths' Adaptive Challenges Literature Review The influx of immigrants into the United States has been a primary concern since the beginning of the 20th century due...
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The after Effects of Hurricane Katrina in Children
The After Effects of Hurricane Katrina in Children Literature Review On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a category 3 hurricane, produced an unprecedented amount of damage along the Central Gulf Cost (Norris & Rosen, 2009; Osofsky, Osofsky,...
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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder The term post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) refers to the damaging effects that occur after an individual has witnessed or has been forced to participate in severe, distressing events, creating symptoms that become...
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The Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner: A Review of the Current State
The Human Services--Board Certified Practitioner: A Review of the Current State The Human Services--Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP) credential was established in 2008 by the Center for Credentialing & Education (CCE), in collaboration...
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Utilizing Community Practice Experiences to Build Self-Efficacy in Future Human Service Professionals
Utilizing Community Practice Experiences to Build Self-Efficacy in Future Human Service Professionals Literature Review Students enter the field of human services because they have an interest in helping others. They are often energetic and full...
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Vol. 33, No. 1, Fall

The Importance of Advocacy and Advocacy Competencies in Human Service Professions
The Importance of Advocacy and Advocacy Competencies in Human Service Professions Advocacy is an important component of human service professions and is a key requirement of ethical codes and accreditation standards for human service and affiliated...
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Distance Supervision in Human Services
Distance Supervision in Human Services Online education has become increasingly popular throughout the United States (Allen & Seaman, 2011; US Department of Education, 2011). Online education involves the use of technology to supplement traditional...
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Online Relationships and the Role of the Human Service Practitioner
Online Relationships and the Role of the Human Service Practitioner In the past decade, as the internet has become a prominent tool for daily use, it has also become a conventional vehicle for meeting and forming romantic relationships. Half of...
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Utilizing the Six Generic Human Service Competencies and Ecological Systems Theory as a Basis to Understanding Barriers Faced by Marginalized Clients
Utilizing the Six Generic Human Service Competencies Human service professionals are frequently asked to provide services to marginalized clients in a variety of settings. With the increase in diversity in American society, rising rate of homelessness,...
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Stages of an Internship Re-Visited: Facilitating Learning and Development through Engagement
Stages of an Internship Re-Visited: Facilitating Learning and Development Through Engagement In the nearly 20 years since the theory Developmental Stages of an Internship (DSI), (Sweitzer & King, 1994) was proposed, the theory has been adopted...
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Parenting in Poverty: The Experiences of Fathers Who Are Homeless
Parenting in Poverty: The Experiences of Fathers Who are Homeless Poverty in the United States is a harsh reality (Seccombe, 2000). Although the U.S. economy is making a slow and steady recovery (Zukin, Horn, & Szeltner, 2013), many people are...
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Challenges Facing Rural Human Services Agencies: A Survey
Challenges Facing Rural Human Services Agencies: A Survey Since the 1980s, human service agencies have faced growing challenges in meeting their mission to provide services, especially in rural communities (Friedman, 2003; Hopkins & Hyde, 2002)....
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The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development in Experiential Learning
The Successful Internship: Personal, Professional, and Civic Development in Experiential Learning Belmont, CA: Cengage Learning, 2013 by H. Frederick Sweitzer and Mary King Providing students an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills...
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Fundamentals of Case Management Practice: Skills for Human Services
Fundamentals of Case Management Practice: Skills for Human Services Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, 2011. By Nancy Summers Written by Harrisburg Community College professor and public service organization consultant Nancy Summers, Fundamentals of...
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Vol. 32, No. 1, Fall

The Meaning of Time for Human Service Professionals
In philosophical terms, time is an elusive concept or construct. Augustine, in his Confessions (Confessions 11, c. 14, translated by Outler, 2007) stated "What, then, is time? If no one asks me, I know: if I wish to explain it to one that asked, I...
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Technological Innovations for the Human Service Profession
In the United States, roughly 80% of households have at least one Internet user who accesses the web either at home or elsewhere, and about 68% of households have Internet access (U.S. Department of Commerce, 2010). Technology permeates nearly every...
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Infusing Multiculturalism into Human Service Education Using Sociodrama
The infusion of multiculturalism into the classroom can help ensure cultural competence, which is defined as awareness of one's cultural assumptions and biases, an understanding of the worldview of culturally diverse clients, and an ability to assume...
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Self-Injury and Eating Disorders in Minors: When Should the Human Service Professional Break Confidentiality?
Human service professionals are responsible to learn, understand, and uphold the ethics of the profession (Milliken & Neukrug, 2009; Neukrug, 2013). The NOHS Code of Ethics provides standards for the human service professional's responsibility...
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The Use of Empathy in Human Services: Strategies for Diverse Professional Roles
The human service profession is characterized as a broad and varied field that draws on many disciplines in order to meet the diverse needs of individuals, groups, and communities (National Organization of Human Services [NOHS], 2009). These needs...
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Vol. 31, No. 1, Fall

Implementing Service Learning into Human Service Education
Introduction The incorporation of service learning in higher education is on the rise (Butin, 2006). It is imperative for instructors in academia to critically examine the components of service learning so that maximum benefits can be obtained for...
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Educating Human Services Students about Careers with People Who Have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
Introduction Population growth, increasing life expectancy of people with ID/DD, aging of family caregivers, and national policies expanding community and in-home services are creating an increasing demand for jobs for direct service professionals...
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Predicting Organizational Development in Israel's Nonprofit Human Services: The Effects of Organizational Context, Structure and Geographic Location
Introduction Organizational development (hereafter OD) is a set of tools, behaviors, attitudes, and an action plan with which to monitor its own state of health and to take corrective steps toward its own renewal and development. As such, OD reflects...
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Building Professional Understanding through Community-Based Learning
Introduction Linking theory to practice through contextualized learning experiences is the essence of community-based learning (Burant & Kirby, 2002; Cooper, 2007; Sleeter, 2001; Zlotkowski & Duffy, 2010). According to Gamble and Bates (2011)...
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College Students' Views of Gays and Lesbians: A Case for a Moral Exclusion Framework
Introduction The current emphasis on cultural diversity in helping profession programs suggests that academic disciplines such as counselor education, social work, psychology, human services, and criminal justice are training their students to be...
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Assessing the Effectiveness of a Self-Injury Treatment Pilot Training Program
Definition of Self Harm Self-injury is self-inflicted bodily harm of a socially unacceptable nature performed to reduce psychological distress (Craigen, Healey, Walley, Byrd, & Schuster, 2008). Examples of common outward manifestations of self-injury...
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The Importance of Program Evaluation: A Case Study
Introduction Human services agencies have an ethical obligation to "describe the effectiveness of programs, treatments, and/or techniques accurately" (National Organization for Human Services [NOHS], 1996, Statement 15). Accordingly, the Council...
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Vol. 30, No. 1, Fall

An Introduction to the Special Section on Professional Standards in Human Services
We are excited to offer our readership a special section on standards in the profession of human services. Within specialty fields, standards are identified as a profession evolves. Thus, standards are a mark of the maturity of a profession and offer...
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Higher Education Accountability and the CSHSE Accreditation Process
Introduction The Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE) is the accrediting body for human services degree programs. The CSHSE was formed in 1975 at about the same time as the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS), originally...
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The Ethical Standards for Human Service Professionals: Past and Future
Introduction For professional membership organizations, a code of ethics has many purposes for educators, practitioners and students. Ethical codes define acceptable behavior and responsibilities in practice and education (Burger, 2008). They promote...
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The Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner: An Overview of a New National Credential
Introduction Professional degrees in human services first appeared in the mid1960s when it became apparent that the established programs in mental health (e.g., counseling, psychology, social work) were unable to handle the increasing need for service...
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Human Services Professional and Trainee Perceptions of Conflict in the Helping Relationship
Introduction Conflict is a significant part of human interactions and can affect many aspects of people's lives. Though conflict has been defined several ways, we used Rahim's (1992) definition of conflict: "an interactive process manifested in...
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Application of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed to Human Services Education
Introduction Paulo Freire, renowned educator and critical theorist, began his career teaching Brazilian peasants to read on the premise that de-subjugation of the mind is crucial to the pursuit of freedom through nonviolent revolution. He considers...
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Combating Problem and Pathology: A Genderqueer Primer for the Human Service Educator
Introduction The fact that transsexuals, cross-dressers, and other transgenders have tended, as a matter of strategic necessity, to become lay experts in the medicalized field of "gender dysphoria," and in the laws regulating and disciplining trans...
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Who or Whom? A Program Innovation to Improve the Writing Skills of Human Service Students
Introduction Considerable evidence exists to support the notion that writing matters to educators, to business leaders, and to the general public (National Commission on Writing, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; National Writing Project & Nagin, 2006;...
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Using a Wiki for Collaboration and Learning in Helping Profession Education: A Pilot Study
Introduction Collaboration and consultation are considered essential skills for every human service (HMSV) professional (Dinkmeyer, Carlson, & Dinkmeyer, 2000). HMSV educators are, thus, challenged to identify teaching strategies and methods...
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The Transition from Student to Professional: A Model for Outcome Driven Field Placements
Professional Development in Field Education Much has been written about the manner in which the field education and socialization experience provides students with skills and professional development opportunities (Barretti, 2004; Berg-Weger &...
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Ethical Standards for Human Service Professionals
Content: Preamble | Section I--For Professionals | Responsibilities To Clients | To Community and Society | To Colleagues | To the Profession | To Employers | To Self | Section II--For Educators Preamble Human services is a profession developing...
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