RHS 300: Introduction to Rehabilitation and Human Services
Disability, public and private rehabilitation agencies, case management; resources for training; observations in rehabilitation settings.
"She was very organized and was knowledgeable in every subject she presented. Very helpful! She also was personable and easy to relate to. I felt very comfortable in class. I LOVED the class activities when we worked in groups and as a whole class and how we all related. Very, very cool. She also used great video examples and never bored us in class because of the diversity of examples and activities."
"Pia was a great instructor and was very helpful. She thought of great group activities to get everyone involved and created an enlightening atmosphere!"
"I feel that Pia had a good balance of factual information and real-life stories to help facilitate our learning. I feel that hearing her real-life experiences helped me commit class concepts to memory. In addition, I feel that having small group discussions before answering as a whole class helped me learn as well."
RHS 303: Group Work in Rehabilitation Practice and Human Services
An overview of essential elements and dynamics for conducting groups and various team-related activities will be the major focus.
"Everything Pia did was relevant and carefully organized, and optimal for my understanding of the course. Everything was available and online which helped me study, and group experience was great for course understanding. Pia is one of the best professors I've had in my three years at Penn State, and I'm sad it took me this long to take a class with her."
"Meeting in group was highly beneficial. I feel as if I actually learned the information by experiencing and partaking in group vs. sitting in lecture every day. Pia was also very open to questions and discussion in class. She was helpful with both inside class experiences and helpful outside (i.e. internship tips, etc). Processing group was a great experience. It was great to hear how every group was different in process and the atmosphere amongst peers."
RHS 400W: Case Management and Communication Skills
Principles and practices of obtaining, recording, evaluating, and utilizing case data in rehabilitation planning; implementation of rehabilitation plans.
"The client role play made a huge impact on my experience in this class, it made the class very helpful and it helped more then any other classes. I really enjoyed class."
"Instructor did a wonderful job of filling the course with a lot of activities and learning opportunities (client meetings, treatment team meetings, etc) that did not involve a straight lecture. This kept student busy with activities that did a perfect job of teaching the course material as well as allowed students to actively participate in the case management process. This class was easily the best and most effective course of my college career."
RHS 401: Community Mental Health Practice and Services
Community mental health roles, historical points, current trends, and ethical standards; funding and impact on service provision.
"Pia was very helpful and encouraging in this class. She made me feel that I could succeed and I learned a lot of information in this class."
"Pia was an expert in everything that she spoke about. She was easy to talk to as well as extremely approachable if we had any questions or comments. Pia made this class enjoyable and I would recommend it to everyone looking to take an interesting RHS course."
"I enjoyed coming to this class everyday, I think the instructor is VERY accommodating and did everything she could to help students with anything they needed. She is very knowledgable in the material presented in powerpoint, and did an excellent job of presenting the material in a differentiated manner for all students. It was a pleasure to take her class, and I would recommend her as a professor to anyone thinking about taking this class."
RHS 402: Children and Families in Rehabilitation Settings and Human Services
Contemporary family issues, child development, legal considerations, cultural and familial factors within rehabilitation and human services practice will be addressed.
"Pia is an amazing instructor. She really knows how to communicate with the class, and makes me feel as though I am very intelligent. She pushes me to learn, and talks to the class on the level that makes us feel needed. I think this helped me learn, as well as the material being very interesting. Pia also made sure to keep a watch on time, allowing us to refresh our brains with a small break."
"Pia is great! She always is very knowledgeable in her topics, but always makes us think in ways we had not before. She encourages us to think in more than just one way and to see other people's viewpoints and ways of thinking. She uses class activities in a very meaningful way and they are always thought-provoking and worthwhile. She also uses videos at the right time that are interesting but also relate to the material perfectly. She treats us as adults and doesn't talk down to use or insult our intelligence like some professors do. Pia is passionate about the subject, but is also very interested and helpful to her students. She talks to us about the future and tells us that if we never need anything or have any questions to get in touch with her. This is the 4th class I've had with Pia, and she is easily the best professor I've ever had at Penn State."