HHS-102: Introduction to Interpersonal Theory and Practice

Health & Human Services
Academic Level
Course Subject
Health and Human Services
Course Number
Course Title
Introduction to Interpersonal Theory and Practice
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
92.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
HHS-100, PSY-131
Catalog Course Description

Introduces interpersonal theories used when working with clients and provides students the opportunity to practice these theories at a field experience. Course is comprised of two parts: theory and field experience. The theoretical portion will focus on behavior modification, transactional analysis, cognitive approaches, assertiveness training, and addictions theory. Community resources and the referral process will also be researched and analyzed. The in-class theoretical portion of this course will consist of 45 hours of instruction. Field experience will provide students the opportunity to learn at a cooperating mental health agency, under the guidance of a licensed professional, for 45 clock hours of off-campus learning.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Counseling and social work interpersonal theories and practice
    1. Discuss theoretical and philosophical mental health assumptions.
    2. Identify issues with the application of counseling theories to intervention and planning.
    3. Discuss the application of counseling theories to a diverse community of patients.
    4. Discuss how interpersonal theory and practice are used in a clinical setting.
    5. Describe processes and techniques used in the practice of counseling and social work.
    6. Understand counseling outcomes and develop techniques for relaying information to patients.
  2. Behavior Modification
    1. Explore the components of behavior modification.
    2. Analyze a behavior modification plan.
  3. Transactional Analysis
    1. Describe transactional analysis.
    2. Identify when transactional analysis has occurred.
  4. Cognitive Approaches
    1. Compare and contrast different cognitive approaches
  5. Assertiveness Training
    1. Model the use of assertiveness training
  6. Addictions Theory
    1. Discuss addictions theory and its applications to social work and counseling practice.
  7. Field experience
    1. Discuss the application of counseling theories to a diverse community of patients.
    2. Integrate mental health ethical issues in to clinical practice.
    3. Analyze the application of interpersonal theory to practice.
    4. Analyze mental health issues.
    5. Support mental health professional with cases.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement may include, but not be limited to case studies, field experience reports, quizzes, research projects, research papers, group assignments, or final exam.

General Course Requirements and Recommendations

Students must have a cleared criminal background check within the last year.


To be determined by program faculty


Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2019
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date