Online, Statewide, and Education Innovation2021-2022
Interdisciplinary Studies - Applied Human Behavior 90-30, Bachelor
The purpose of Northern Arizona University’s Applied Human Behavior Program is to provide students with a broad understanding of the history and perspectives on human behavior and the applicable skills necessary for competent direct practice working with individuals, families, organizations, and communities in human services. The curriculum explores what motivates behavior, and how micro, mezzo and macro systems shape individuals. Coursework emphasizes a person-centered approach to working with diverse socioeconomic populations and empowering individuals, organizations and communities to reach optimal functioning through establishing client resiliency and goal-directed agency. Students are challenged to explore personal value systems and develop an understanding of how social justice and citizenship shape ethical practice. Program content prepares students for working in professional roles that require a four-year degree in a wide range of professional positions including the fields of behavioral health, community development, and human resources, as well as entering graduate and doctoral studies.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Human Systems & Diversity
1.1 Understand the nature of human systems and apply historical perspectives to analyzing and solving current social conditions that limit the highest level of the individual or community functioning.
1.2 Understand multiple perspectives on diversity and implement strategies to encourage multicultural environments that support clients, communities, and professional environments.
1.3 Recognize current ethics and laws related to primary and secondary characteristics of diversity.
1.4 Apply the concept of resiliency to support client success when working with diverse populations.
2. Practice & Intervention
2.1 Understand and apply a variety of Psychological, Social Work, Sociological, and Urban Planning theories to promote the optimal functioning of individuals and communities.
2.2 Understand the nature of human systems using the biopsychosocial model including the biological, environmental and social impacts on human behavior.
2.3 Explain aspects of human development, the life cycle, familial and relationship dynamics and how they affect individual growth and success.
2.4 Awareness of the variety of community settings and resources and the ability to select appropriate services and referrals that support client well-being.
2.5 Apply skill in planning, implementing and evaluating direct practice techniques when working with individuals, families, communities, and groups to promote growth and goal attainment.
2.6 Recognize scope of practice and apply ethical decision making to direct practice and intervention through the use of legal knowledge, practical skills, and critical thinking.
2.7 Develop urban and rural community planning skills that use interpersonal communication and advocacy to empower stakeholders to create sustainable, successful community systems.
3. Community Engagement & Responsibility
3.1 Identify the impact that socio-economics, public policy, community development, and global issues have on individuals and communities ability to resolve psychological or social issues and develop new strategies for success.
3.2 Understand how globalization and internationalism impact citizenship, participation, and social responsibility in mezzo and macro environments and apply this knowledge to resolving issues of social responsibility and citizenship.
4. Professional Preparedness
4.1 Develop professional process skills including documentation, assessment, care planning, administrative documentation and personal communication to apply in a variety of human behavior career settings.
4.2 Recognize and apply professional leadership skills in a wide variety of careers and professional positions.
4.3 Understand the importance of Social Science research and apply research to select solutions or implement best practices.
4.4 Awareness and capacity to apply the most prevalent ethical, legal, and safety guidelines for direct practice and intervention with clients.
5. Personal Values and Development
5.1 Explore personal and professional values, ethics and career driven dilemmas through participation in self-reflection and professional exploration exercises, self-critique, discussion and group activities.
5.2 Develop personal experiences, critical thinking skills and challenge current worldviews through teamwork, self-assessment, course projects, service learning and community internship experience.
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