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 5, Issue 1
Fall/Winter 2008

Janet W. Hagen, Ph.D.

International Editor
Alfred Kisubi, Ph.D.

Technical Editor
Susan R. Cramer, Ph.D.

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Fall /Winter 2008 issue:
From the Editor

Janet Hagen, Ph.D.
Welcome to the Fall/Winter 2008 edition of Human Services Today.  We have a great line-up of information for you in this issue with two articles and our usual departments.  There are two notable milestones in this issue.  The first is that the number of our subscribers continues to grow.  At the NOHS conference in Tucson I received great feedback about the journal.  Additionally, the Council for Standards in Human Services Education has offered to partner with us in publicizing the journal so that we can publish it more often.  We are growing!

Dr. Susan Kincaid, whom many of you know for her many years of significant contributions to the Council for Standards in Human Services Education, in her article Diversity and Social Justice Dynamics:  An Analysis of the National Standards for Human Services Education asked a critical question of the standards of that organization.  To answer that question she wove the available literature on human service practice, her knowledge of CSHSE history, her knowledge of the standards as well as her knowledge and commitment to social justice in a manner that objectively examined the extent the emphasis on social justice is important in the accrediting process.
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In Introduction to Grant Writing for Undergraduates and Community Professionals Dr. Linda Wark provides an overview to an introductory grants course that was open to undergraduates.  Uniquely, it was also open to community professionals on a not-for-credit basis.  This article traces the development of the course across five semesters and includes content, methods and the author's reflections about the course development. This article will be beneficial to instructors, and as a thought-piece to those who write grants.  According to Dr. Wark's research nearly all human service organizations need grant awards for survival so it may be a timely piece to add to your students' reading.
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Web Resource Spotlight
Dr. Susan Cramer provides us with up-to-date information available on the web and thought-provoking ideas about how we can improve our future-forecasting.  Along with data collection and strategic planning resources she invites us to learn about environmental scanning and other ways to inform your thinking about the future.
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Internationally Speaking
Dr. Alfred Kisubi asks us to take a more global view, transcending political borders, of our client groups in his International Editorial: A Modest Proposal.  Citing a variety of well-respected human service professionals, as well as his own international programs, Dr. Kisubi, skillfully narrates and supports our personal and professional development as we focus on world systems, cultures and issues.
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Leadership Challenges
In Leadership During Hard Times Dr. Janet Hagen takes a look at what she terms "intentional leadership" which reflect those qualities of leadership that are particularly important during times of economic uncertainty.  Among these are:  emotional awareness and authenticity, principled choices, integrity, and follow-through.
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In the Field
In this issue we review Wise Woman Gathering Place a nonprofit community-based organization developed by Native American midwifes to serve women and families both native as well as others.  While still practicing midwifery, they also focus on families and, in particular youth.  They work with youth in the community through a relationship discernment curriculum called "Discover Dating."  This curriculum has been well-received by many other organizations working to help youth make good decisions about themselves now and for the future.
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Upcoming Events and Openings

Assistant/Associate Professor of Counseling Position
Lindsey Wilson College is seeking applicants for Assistant/Associate Professor of Counseling and Human Services to teach in its Masters and Undergraduate programs in Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. Qualifications include an earned doctorate in Counselor Education or a related mental health field, demonstrated excellence in teaching and an interest in mentoring non-traditional students. Applicants must be licensed or licensed eligible.

The Lindsey Wilson College School of Professional Counseling has been a CACREP accredited program since 1994. The masters program in Counseling and Human Development features a specialization in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Lindsey Wilson College is an equal opportunity employer.

Interested individuals should submit a letter of interest and a curriculum vita to:
Angelia S. Bryant, Associate Dean
Lindsey Wilson College
School of Professional Counseling
210 Lindsey Wilson Street
Columbia, KY 42728


2009 NOHS Conference
People in Contexts: Families, Schools, Communitites, and Cultures

October 21-24, 2009
Portland, Oregon, USA (Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront)[title]-6
All of us live and work in multiple contexts. We identify ourselves by our roles, group and cultural identities, and other memberships and characteristics. The field of contemporary human services may include interventions with families, school, and work settings, but also focuses on people's relationships with larger environments such as the infrastructures associated with service delivery, laws, and cultural beliefs and practices. Human services professionals are curious about the ways that people manage their many identities and contexts, and how each person interacts with other people, institutions, and society. We examine issues such as the ways that family structures change over time, how migration and immigration affect communities, and how racism and other forms of disempowerment restrict people's opportunities and resources. We learn not only that every community is multicultural, but also that every person participates in multiple cultures.

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