Introduction to Human Services – Discussion Questions
BSHS/305: Introduction to Human Services – Discussion Questions
Week 1 – DQ 1: What are the four major themes of human services? Which theme do you think is most critical for human service professionals?
Week 1 – DQ 2: Discuss the role of psychology, sociology, and anthropology in the human services field. Which of these disciplines has had the largest effect on human services? Explain why.
Week 1 – DQ 3: What are the major characteristics of helping those in need in America? What do you think has been the biggest change over the past three centuries?
Week 2 – DQ 1: Why is investing in mental health important to your role as a human service professional?
Week 2 – DQ 2: Compare the different human service delivery models. Do you think one model is better than the others? Explain your response.
Week 2 – DQ 3: What was your motivation for entering the human services field?
Week 2 – DQ 4: Which of the five characteristics listed in the text for human service professionals do you think is most important? Explain why.
Week 3 – DQ 1: Identify the range of problems that may affect individuals. Which problem would you like to work with or improve?
Week 3 – DQ 2: How does a client’s personal history and perception of services influence his or her overall level of engagement?
Week 3 – DQ 3: Discuss the specific helping skills you can use with clients. Which skill do you think is most critical when helping clients?
Week 4 – DQ 1: How do human service professionals collaborate with others to meet client needs? What are the benefits of collaboration?
Week 4 – DQ 2: Discuss the role that human service professionals have in protecting client rights. Is the moral or legal obligation more important?
Week 4 – DQ 3: Read through the Ethical Standards of Human Service Professionals located in Box 9.6 on p. 276 (Ch. 9) of your text. Choose a minimum of three areas you think are vital for professionals to adhere to. Why do you think these areas are important?
Week 5 – DQ 1: How has evolving technology and social media affected client needs and service delivery?
Week 5 – DQ 2: How has managed care affected service delivery for clients? In your opinion, has it improved client care?
Week 5 – DQ 3: How will demographic trends in America influence service delivery within the human services?