Catalog 2019-20

Human Services

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Chemical Dependency Studies Degree

The program in Chemical Dependency Studies centers around the specific skills and abilities necessary to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol counseling. Course work include the twelve counselor core function applications in addiction screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, client education, client rights, confidentiality, professional ethics and reports and record keeping.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3
HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs 3
HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery 3
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services 3
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling 4
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology  (3) 3
  or SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States  (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior 3
Total Units: 38 - 41

1Students must complete a minimum of 255 internship hours for HSER 498.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Evaluate the components of a quality chemical dependency counseling program

Demonstrate the twelve essential counseling skills as they apply to chemical dependency and recovery processes

Utilize counseling strategies based on examination of scientific theories of addiction

Identify the community resources used in assisting clients with addiction issues

Appraise and apply the knowledge of California Professional Codes of Ethics for Drug and Alcohol counselors

Evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making

Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Career Information

Substance Abuse Counselor; Mental Health Social Worker; Social Worker; Child and Family Counselor; Child Protective Worker; Adult Protective Worker; Employee Assistance Counselor

A.A. in Human Services, General

This CRC program prepares students for employment as para-professionals with agencies such as youth group homes, youth and family services agencies, schools, probation, welfare, and mental health departments.

Highlights include:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Interviews with employers
  • Employment training, including resumes, cover letters, and interviews

This degree is designed for persons who are seeking careers as youth group home workers, family welfare and health agencies workers, count or state eligibility workers, and other para-professional positions. Graduates will have a broad ranges of human service skills, including group counseling, client interviewing, communication, problem solving, and employment.

Note to Transfer Students: If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services 3
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling 4
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States  (3)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology  (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology  (3)
Total Units: 29 - 32

1Students must complete a minimum of 108 internship hours for HSER 498.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

compete for employment as paraprofessionals with agencies such as youth group homes; youth and family service agencies; schools; probation, welfare and mental health departments.

Career Information

Peer Support Group Facilitator; Youth Group Home Worker; Family, Welfare, and Health Agencies Worker; Consumer Consultant; County or State Eligibility Worker; Conflict Containment Workers

Certificates of Achievement

Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate Certificate

The program in Chemical Dependency Studies centers around the specific skills and abilities necessary to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol counseling. Course work include the twelve counselor core function applications in addiction screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, client education, client rights, confidentiality, professional ethics and reports and record keeping.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3
HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs 3
HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery 3
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services 3
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling 4
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior 3
PSYC 368 Cross Cultural Psychology  (3) 3
  or SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States  (3)
Total Units: 38 - 41

1Students must complete a minimum of 255 internship hours for HSER 498.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Evaluate the components of a quality chemical dependency counseling program

Demonstrate the twelve essential counseling skills as they apply to chemical dependency and recovery processes

Utilize counseling strategies based on examination of scientific theories of addiction

Identify the community resources used in assisting clients with addiction issues

Appraise and apply the knowledge of California Professional Codes of Ethics for Drug and Alcohol counselors

Evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making

Demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Career Information

Substance Abuse Counselor; Mental Health Social Worker; Social Worker; Child and Family Counselor; Child Protective Worker; Adult Protective Worker; Employee Assistance Counselor

Human Services, General Certificate

This CRC program prepares students for employment as para-professionals with agencies such as youth group homes, youth and family services agencies, schools, probation, welfare, and mental health departments.

Highlights include:

  • Individual and group counseling
  • Interviews with employers
  • Employment training, including resumes, cover letters, and interviews

This certificate is designed for persons who are seeking careers as youth group home workers, family welfare and health agency workers, county or state eligibility workers, and other para-professional positions. Completers will have a foundation in human service skills, including group counseling, client interviewing, and employment.

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services 3
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling 4
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States  (3)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology  (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology  (3)
Total Units: 29 - 32

1Students must complete a minimum of 108 internship hours for HSER 498.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

compete for employment as paraprofessionals with agencies such as youth group homes; youth and family service agencies; schools; probation, welfare and mental health departments.

Career Information

Peer Support Group Facilitator; Youth Group Home Worker; Family, Welfare, and Health Agencies Worker; Consumer Consultant; County or State Eligibility Worker; Conflict Containment Workers

Human Services (HSER) Courses

HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGWR 300 or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Develop a comprehensive overview of the field of Human Services in both the public and private sector.

HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

Demonstrate appropriate physical, tonal and verbal interpersonal responses in an individual or group counseling setting (SLO 1)

HSER 304 Introduction to Counseling Children

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

demonstrate understanding of children's issues.

HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS OF ADDICTION ON THE HUMAN BODY AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR.

HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: HSER 340 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL AND PHYSIOLOGY EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS OF ADDICTION ON THE HUMAN BODY AND HUMAN BEHAVIOR.

HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: HSER 341 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEVELOP AN UNDERSTANDING OF TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION.

HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Implement those skills required of a working professional in the helping profession.

HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: HSER 300 and 302 with grades of "C" or better

Advisory: HSER 350; HSER 300 and concurrent enrollment in HSER 362.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: Demonstrate the ability to provide basic empathetic responses in a dyad setting as described in the course text and simulated situations including case management.

HSER 362 Practices in Human Services

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: HSER 360 and 498

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO-1: Develop an understanding of the function of a community based organization (CBO), and put into practice those skills learned in the classroom.

HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling

Units: 4

Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: HSER 350 and 360 with grades of "C" or better

Corequisite: HSER 362

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO 1: DEVELOP AN OVERVIEW OF THE TECHNIQUES AND SKILLS NEEDED FOR GROUP COUNSELING FACILITATION.

HSER 494 Topics in Human Services

Units: 0.5 - 4

Hours: 9 - 72 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

analyze the most up-to-date information in areas which community human services employers feel are necessary exposure for students seeking employment within the agency. (SLO #1)

HSER 495 Independent Studies in Human Services

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Human Services.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

This CRC program prepares students for employment as para-professionals with agencies such as youth group homes, youth and family services agencies, schools, probation, welfare,and mental health departments.