The MHS Program requires 54 hours of academic credit, a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 (B) or better, takes two years (four 15-week semesters and a mandatory 8-week summer semester) to complete, and leads to a Master of Human Services (MHS) degree.
The MHS Program is a performance-based approach to education that organizes skills and theories into five basic competency units:
I: Self-directed Learning
II: Helping Relationships
III: Group Processes (summer session)
IV: Community Planning and Program Management
V: Organizational Development and Planned Change
The subject matter of each competency is studied from the viewpoint of five dimensions: Values (Ethics), Self and Others (Psychology), Systems (Sociology), Skills (Communication/Research), and Integration and Practice Application.
Skills (Communication, Intervention/Community Organization, Management and Research Skills)
Integration and Practice Application
The classes held at Lincoln’s Graduate Center on Saturdays address the first four of these, while the fifth dimension is addressed one evening during the week in the Integration and Practice Seminar. These weeknight seminars are located where students cluster geographically, usually at a human services agency or local university site. The purpose of the Integration and Practice Seminar is to integrate the student's work activities in his or her agency with the theoretical material presented in the Saturday coursework. Weekly logs,
individual presentations and professional experiences form the basis for discussion. For each competency unit the student is also required to complete a field project or practice application project. The field project demonstrates the understanding of theory, organization of ideas, the appropriate application of new concepts to practice, and the explanation of new steps to be taken. Emphasis is on problem solving using the Action Research
In the last year of the Program, students choose either a micro track (counseling and other direct services) or a macro track (administration and planning). Also in the last year, students complete a change project, make an oral presentation on this project, and produce a peer review article for submission to one of the many human services related journals.
When the competencies
and dimensions are put together, they form a matrix of courses that make up the
MHS curriculum. This curriculum provides the integration of concepts and practice
which is the hallmark of the Lincoln University Master of Human Services Program.
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