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High Risk Youth Studies

The High Risk Youth curriculum is designed to prepare you to work in a variety of settings with youth, including mentoring programs, juvenile probation, diversion programs, group home settings and gang prevention.  Students learn about issues that directly impact the lives of youth, skill development for interacting with youth, as well as the treatment and support network available for youth in the Denver metro area.

High Risk Youth Studies is also accredited by the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE).

Ms. Annie Butler is the main advisor for the High Risk Youth concentration.


B.S. in Human Services, High Risk Youth Studies  
General Studies  33 
Human Services core courses 31
High Risk Youth Studies concentration  41-42 
Electives 14-15 
Total hours required for degree 120



High Risk Youth Studies required courses:  
HSP 2020 - Small Group Dynamics: Theory and Experience  4 
HSP 2030 - Theory and Practice of Counseling 4
HSP 2040 - Family Systems  4 
HSP 2105 - Foundations of Trauma Counseling  3 
HSP 3220 - Conflict Resolution and Decision Making 3
HSP 3230 - High Risk and Offender Youth  3 
HSP 3260 - Systems Serving Youth 2
HSP 4540 - Youth, Drugs, and Gangs 2
HSP 4780 - Human Services Internship II 8
Choose one of the following:  
CJC 3350 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency  3 
PSY 2210 - Psychology of Human Development  3 
PSY 3260 - Psychology of Adolescence  3 
SOC 3400 - Child and Adolescent Socialization  3 
SWK 3010 - Social Work Practice with Children and Youth  3 
Choose one of the following:  
HSP 3070 - Advanced Behavioral Analysis  3 
HSP 4320 - Psychopathology and the Mental Health Clinician  4 
Total:  41-42 


Recommended Electives:      
HSP 1470 - Addictive Experiences: Sex, Drugs, Rock and Roll  3 
HSP 3500 - Domestic Violence: Patterns of Relationship Abuse  2 
HSP 4040 - Cognitive Behavior Therapy  3 
HSP 4200 - Child Abuse and Neglect 2
HSP 4250 - Counseling the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or Transgender Client 2
HSP 4290 - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Trauma Informed Care 1


A grade of “C” or better is required for each course in this program to count toward the bachelor’s degree.

You must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours in order to graduate and 40 of those credit hours must be upper division (3000 or 4000 level).

Note: If you are on a catalog year prior to 2020, your required coursework will be different than the information presented here. See a department advisor to review a degree progress report to verify which classes you need to complete the program.

Click here to review past and present Academic Catalogs. 

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