Human Services Today

Dedicated to the Improvement of the Human Condition

The premier, international, peer reviewed, on-line journal disseminating information about current theory and practice in the human service field.

Volume 6, Issue 1
Fall/Winter 2009

Janet W. Hagen, Ph.D.

International Editor
Alfred Kisubi, Ph.D.

Technical Editor
Susan R. Cramer, Ph.D.

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Fall/Winter 2009
From the Editor
Janet W. Hagen, Ph.D

Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2009 edition of Human Services Today. In this issue we have articles about human service students' internship experiences, human service trainees' understanding of healthy versus unhealthy dating relationships, a support group for international students as well as our usual departments. With this issue we have reached yet another milestone in the development of the first and only online, international journal addressing issues relevant to Human Services. We are slated to publish our first Special Edition with a focus on Immigration Issues Spring, 2010.

Dr. Pornthip Chalingsooth from the University of Scanton and Dr. Alexander Faris from the University of Wisconsin in The Development and Implementation of a Psychoeducational Support Group for International Students report that international student enrollment in the US is growing and present a pschoeducational support group that addresses many of the cross-cultural adjustment issues that students face. They also include a summary of potential cultural and other barriers to international students who might otherwise benefit from the support group.
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Dr. Laurie Craigen and Dr. Jill Jurgens Dustin from Old Dominion University in Investigating the Internship Experiences of Human Service Students examine the capstone field experience component that is required at their university. They examine and report the change in students' perceptions about the internship experience over the course of the semester which related to four themes: professional, knowledge, personal changes and challenges. The development of a professional identity is paramount in this process.
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In Human Services Trainee's Conceptualization of Dating Relationship: Implications for Counseling Adolescents and Young Adults, Rebekah Byrd, Kristen Bowdler and Danica Hays from Old Dominion University examine human service trainees' conceptualization healthy dating relationships. They start by citing sources that indicate that up to 47% of partners, both men and women, have experienced violence in their dating relationships. Then they report on trainees' definition of healthy or unhealthy relationships, definition of dating violence and warning signs of unhealthy relationships.
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Web Resource Spotlight
Dr. Susan Cramer
reviews computational knowledge engines and provides an example of how they can be used. She specifically reports on the computational knowledge engine WolframAlpha and provides links to the introductory video and links to more examples. She also provides some amazing statistics on how quickly knowledge doubled in the past and will do so in the future.
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Internationally Speaking
Dr. Alfred Kisubi presents a call to action to the Human Service Profession here in the US to attend to the mental, social and physical health needs of immigrants and refugees. Additionally, he reports current and potential organizations to provide such services. Further, he reviews relevant barriers to meeting needs and presents a Humanist Proposal based on cultural sensitivity and appropriate delivery strategies.
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Leadership Challenges
Dr. Janet Hagen writes about status of women in the workplace particularly as it relates to leadership. She summarizes cultural factors related to the glass ceiling effect as well as individual skills. Because women predominate the student body in many Human Service educational programs it is important that faculty and practitioners examine their own, often unconscious, bias as well as help develop leadership skills in their female students.
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In the Field
Kelly Felice and Brittany Pyle report on the Metro State Student Food Bank at the Metropolitan State College of Denver (MSC). This unique program for students' in need is funded by MSC and supervised by the Office Student life along with additional funding from the Student Government Assembly (SGA). SGA first proposed the food bank in 2007. Felice and Pyle also report on future goals for the program.
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Upcoming Events and Openings

Northwest Human Services Association Regional Conference
The regional conference of the Northwest Human Services Association (NWHSA) will be held April 15-17, 2010 at the College of Southern Idaho, in Twin Falls, ID. We welcome participants and presentations from students, faculty and practitioners from our eight state northwest region, and anyone else interested. Please send an email to Kelly Felice, Regional Director, at if you'd like to receive more conference information as it is available, along with the call for proposals.

The NW Parenting and Family Education Conference
March 15-16, 2010
Washington State University Vancouver
Vancouver, Washington 98686
This conference provides two days of professional development for parenting and family educators, child care providers, and other family serving professionals, where nationally recognized researchers and practitioners share cutting-edge information and techniques. This year’s conference focuses on preparing families for our changing world. Keynote talks address the impact of technology and economic challenges on today’s families. CEUs and Clock hours are available. Learn more about the conference at:

Call for Manuscripts.
Human Services Today seeks manuscripts for possible publication for an upcoming Special Edition: Immigration Issues in Human Services with Guest Editor Dr. Amanda Coleman-Mason. Submission deadline is February 15, 2010. Send submissions to

Dr. Coleman-Mason is a faculty member, here at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, but is currently a Visiting Professor at the University of North Texas, Dallas. In Texas Dr. Coleman-Mason became aware of the numerous human services issues surrounding immigrants and believed that it would be helpful to open this dialog through the HST journal.

Call for Editorial Board Members: Human Services Today
Human Services Today seeks to expand membership on our Editorial Board. We are particularly interested in board members based outside the USA. This will help us expand our international human services community. If interested, please send a letter of inquiry to Dr. Janet Hagen at

Adjunct Instructors for Human Services Courses:
The Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences is accepting applications for positions as adjunct instructors (both campus and online). Instructors are needed for undergraduate and graduate courses. Master’s degree in Human Services is required for undergraduate instruction and a doctorate in Human Services for graduate instruction. Applicant must submit a cover letter with the Southeastern University application (downloadable from our website at, curriculum vitae, and letters of reference. Position is with Southeastern University, 1000 Longfellow Blvd, Lakeland Fl 33801
Kenneth E. Stephens, Ph.D.

Human Services Management (BS) Program
Alfred State College is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for our new Human Services Management (BS) program. This is an interdisciplinary baccalaureate program that prepares graduates for mid-level careers in a variety of local or regional human services agencies where they have both management and direct service to client responsibilities. Students take a variety of lower- and upper-level courses in Human Services and additional course work in management, supervision, leadership, ethics, and accounting. An upper-level management-focused internship of 400 or more hours in a public or private human services agency is required.
For more information, contact:
Michael Cobb, Chair
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
10 Upper College Drive
Alfred State College
Alfred, NY 14802
Gary Lounsberry

Assistant Professor, Human Services Alcohol and Substance Abuse Concentration
The University Illinois Springfield has a tenure track Assistant Professor position open. The candidate must have doctoral degree in a human service related field and a Certified Alcohol and other Drug Abuse Counselor credential (CADC) or higher. Background in substance abuse and dual diagnosis counseling is highly preferred. Applicants are expected to teach the following master level courses in online and blended formats: alcoholism and substance abuse, assessment and treatment of substance abuse, and dual diagnosis and relapse prevention as well as teaching one core course per semester. Blended/online university teaching experience is desirable. Ability to work with diverse cultures is expected.

Applicants should send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation to Dr. Carolyn A. Peck, Human Services Department, College of Education and Human Services (MS BRK 343); University of Illinois at Springfield; One University Plaza, Springfield, IL 62703. Formal review of applications will continue until the position is filled. For additional information about the university or its policies, please refer to our website UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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