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The following Human Services courses are offered:

HSER 300
Introduction to Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides a comprehensive overview of the field of Human Services in private and public agencies. The course topics include learning of agency functions and worker activities. Topics will be explored through reading, class discussion, and guest speakers from community human service agencies. Emphasis is on the roles and skills of associate para-professionals such as health workers, activity directors for the elderly, and adolescent and child welfare assistants. A field trip may be required.

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 introduces the skills of communicating and relating to others by improving attitudes, values, and methods that enhance communication skills in human relations. This course will improve the students' interpersonal self-awareness skills and assertiveness techniques. This course is open to all students and is a required course for the Human Services/Gerontology degree and certificate program.

HSER 304

Introduction to Counseling Children    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course explores the skills and tools to counsel and support children in learning effective coping strategies to: address feelings, adjust to changes, overcome disappointment and trauma, make sense of the world around them and grow in their various relationships. Self-awareness and issues which may impact the therapeutic relationship are emphasized. Strategies and frameworks related to caregiver needs are developed and integrated throughout the course material. A variety of children's play mediums will be experienced with special emphasis on the importance of imagination and the use of fantasy. This class is comprised of lecture, experiential components, individual and group projects and weekly homework assignments.

HSER 340

Introduction to Chemical Dependency    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces and 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. Field trips may be required.

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 introduces the student to the chemical composition of alcohol and the mechanism of action of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs, including opiates, stimulants, depressants, psychotherapeutics, and psychedelics. It also includes the social and psychological implications of tolerance, habituation, and substance abuse of the user and abuser.

HSER 350

Employment Skills in Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces students to the legal and ethical issues of interviewing and counseling individuals, families, and groups. Course topics include family system dynamics, family and drug intervention, crisis intervention, court mandated reporting, legislative mandates required of counselors, and laws pertaining to counseling minors and other client populations within Human Services Agencies. This is a required course for the Human Services/Gerontology degree and certificate.

HSER 360

Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling    3 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces students to effective counseling and interviewing techniques as applied to associate para professional experiences as counselors, group counselor aides, mental health workers, social service technicians and other new careers in human services. This is a required course for the Human Services/Gerontology degree and certificate.

HSER 364

Techniques of Group Counseling    4 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 360 and 362 with grades of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course introduces techniques of counseling within groups representing diverse backgrounds: sex, ethnic group identification, race, national origin, religion, color, and mental and physical disability. Students learn facilitation and co-facilitation within a group setting, and a goal of learning facilitation towards clients' improved skills in problem resolution and solution development. Course emphasizes recognition of unique and common problems, as well as facilitation in understanding behavior change. This is a required course for the Human Services/Gerontology degree and certificate.

HSER 366

Practices in Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 302 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: HSER 350 and 360
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course provides research and supervised field experience in public and/or private agencies providing mental health, corrections, chemical dependency, and child/adolescent treatment services. Students apply concepts, values and skills acquired in other core courses to the process of helping others via internships and field trips. Students must provide their own transportation for field trips and internships. This course is not open to students who have taken HSER 362.

HSER 367

Advanced Practices in Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: HSER 366 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This advanced practicum course provides research and supervised field experience in public and/or private agencies providing mental health, corrections, chemical dependency, and child/adolescent treatment services. Students integrate concepts, values, and skills acquired from previous courses and apply their knowledge to the process of helping others via internships. Field trips are required and students provide their own transportation. This course is not open to students who have previously taken HSER 499: Experimental Offering in Human Services (Advanced Practices in Human Services).

HSER 494

Topics in Human Services    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
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: 54-162 hours LAB

HSER 498

Work Experience in Human Services    1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENGWR 101 or ESLW 320
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Student must be in a paid or non-paid internship, volunteer opportunity, or job related to career interests.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Human Services. Course content will include understanding the application of education to the workforce completing required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site and developing workplace skills and competencies. During the semester, the student is required to attend orientation. Students must complete 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience, for one unit. An additional 75 hours of related paid work experience or 60 hours of related unpaid work experience is required for each additional unit. The course may be taken for a maximum of 16 units. Students should have access to a computer, the Internet, and some computer media such as a USB drive to store data files. Online students must have an email account. 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
 

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