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HSER 300
Introduction to Human Services
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGWR 300 or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a comprehensive overview of the field of Human Services in private and public agencies. This course includes learning of agency functions and worker activities through reading, class discussion, and class speakers. The emphasis of this course is understanding the roles and skills of associate professionals such as health workers, activity directors for the elderly, and adolescent and child welfare assistants.
HSER 302
Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b); CSU Area E1
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to attitudes, values, and methods that enhance communication skills in human relations. It is required for all students in the Human Services major and open to all students.
HSER 304
Introduction to Counseling Children
3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
A study of the tools children use daily to cope with feelings, adjust to changes, overcome disappointment and trauma, make sense out of the world around them and grow in their various relationships. Children's play medium will be experienced, with special emphasis on the importance of imagination and the use of fantasy. Assignments will require association with children.
HSER 340
Introduction to Chemical Dependency
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
A survey course that examines the psychological and physiological effects of chemical dependency on the individual. Also included is an analysis of the effects of substance abuse on the family; the sociological and economic conditions contributing to substance abuse, and a description of communication efforts at prevention and treatment.
HSER 341
Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs
3 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 340 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a study of the chemical composition of alcohol, and the mechanism of action of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs in the human body including opiates, stimulants, depressants, psychotherapeutics, and psychedelics. The physiological and psychological mechanisms associated with tolerance, habituation, and withdrawal that occur during the addiction phase of drug use will be studied.
HSER 342
Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery
3 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 341 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a study and evaluation of techniques used in the treatment of chemical dependency. Topics include intervention, individual and group counseling, detoxification, twelve-step programs, therapeutic communities, and aftercare programs.
HSER 350
Employment Skills in Human Services
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is an introduction to interviewing and counseling with adults and children; family system dynamics; family and drug interventions; crisis intervention training; court mandated reporting laws; code of ethics and conduct; and laws pertaining to counseling minors and other client populations within the Human Services field.
HSER 360
Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling
3 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 300 and 302 with grades of "C" or better
Advisory: HSER 350; HSER 300 and concurrent enrollment in HSER 362.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a survey of effective interviewing and counseling techniques as applied to the paraprofessional experiences of counselor aides, group counselor aides, mental health workers, social service technicians, case management workers, and other human service related fields. This course is an integral part of the Human Services curriculum.
HSER 362
Practices in Human Services
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: HSER 360 and 498
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides advanced study and lecture of the helping profession in settings that include: public and/or private agencies that provide mental health services; corrections and rehabilitation; alcohol and other drugs; and child/adolescent treatment services. This is a lecture-based course that integrates both the theory and concepts of the helping profession, as well as discussion of the practical application of experiences in the field. Student evaluation is competency-based.
HSER 364
Techniques of Group Counseling
4 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 350 and 360 with grades of "C" or better
Corequisite: HSER 362
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course provides an overview of basic group counseling and facilitation skills including ethical issues as used by Human Services paraprofessionals. Topics explored will include communication skills within group dynamics, theories of group counseling, best practices guidelines and diversity issues. Laboratory exercises will include group work with outside groups and evaluation methods.
HSER 494
Topics in Human Services
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 72 hours LEC
This course is an exploration of those topics and issues which are most relevant for future and present workers in human services. Emphasis will be on those issues which are not consistently covered by other required human services courses. These issues may include: chemical dependency, interventions in poverty, stress management, child neglect and abuse, patient rights, and organization for advocacy.
HSER 495
Independent Studies in Human Services
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
HSER 498
Work Experience in Human Services
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Human Services.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
HSER 499
Experimental Offering in Human Services
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB