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Degrees & Certificates

The following Human Services degrees and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
A.A. — Human Services, General

Required Program (units)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 302 Intro to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services (6)
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling (4)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
A minimum of six (6) units selected from: (6)
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
HSER 304 Introduction to Counseling Children (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 494 Topics in Human Services (0.5-4)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 31

Suggested Electives: ENGWR 300, 330, 331; CISA 300, 301, 320, 321, 340; HEED 300, 312, 313; STAT 300.

This A.A. degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

The A.A. degree program in Human Services provides performance-based training for both associate level employment and transfer preparation. The program provides training for Psychology and Social Work majors towards Marriage Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychologists.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Define the functions of social service delivery systems.
- Analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients.
- Integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients.
- Identify the community resources used in assisting clients.
- Appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions .
- Describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system.
- Evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making.
- Demonstrate effective individual and group setting interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a demographically diverse population.

DEGREE
A.A. — Human Services, Gerontology

Required Program (Units)
GERON 331 Interviewing, Counseling the Elderly (3)
GERON 333 Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling of the Elderly (4)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services (6)
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling (4)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 35

Suggested Electives: CISA 300, 301, 320, 321, 340, CISC 320, 321; ENGWR 300, 330, 331; HEED 300, 312, 313; STAT 300.

This A.A. degree may be obtained by completion of the Required Program, plus General Education Requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total.

The Gerontology Degree Program will prepare students to assist seniors in managing their health, psychological, and social needs unique to the elderly population via a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The need for specialization in gerontology is clearly shown in population trends and documented in literature citing the lack of adequately prepared geriatric caregivers. The focus is on preparation for associate-level positions with private industry, government and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults. All courses transfer to California State Universities. Students planning to continue specialization in gerontology by transferring to a four-year college should consult the Requirements for Transfer Institutions section of this catalog.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when communicating with the elderly at different cognitive levels.
- Evaluate and discuss similarities and differences surrounding diverse aging populations as they relate to life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family, work, retirement, mental health, death, lifestyles, sexuality, and use of services.
- Discuss the impact of language and other cultural factors that influence drug education, drug use, and treatment options with the elderly.
- Evaluate common methods of care for the dying including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, care centers, and hospice care.
- Recognize and identify risk of caregiver stress in cases of Alzheimer's, dementia, and other diagnoses correlated with aging.
- Identify and evaluate elder abuse causes, preventions strategies, and resources.
- Identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a socio-cultural framework.
- Recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging.
- Develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment in the field.
- Transfer skills, units, and experience to a gerontology major at a four year institution.

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Human Services, General

Required Program (Units)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 302 Intro 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)
Plus six (6) units selected from: (6)
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
HSER 304 Introduction to Counseling Children (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services (6) 
HSER 494 Current Issues in Human Services (3)
PSYC 320 Social Psychology (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 321 Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. (3)

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 31

The certificate program in Human Services, Gerontology will prepare students to assist seniors in managing their health, psychological, and social needs unique to the elderly population via a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The focus of this program is on preparation for associate-level positions with private industry, government and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults. 

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Define the functions of social service delivery systems.
- Analyze public policy issues, complexities and controversies affecting social service agencies and their clients.
- Integrate different theoretical approaches in working with clients.
- Identify the community resources used in assisting clients.
- Appraise and apply the knowledge of existing California professional codes of ethics for the helping professions.
- Describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system.
- Describe the application of clients' rights in the social service delivery system.
- Demonstrate effective individual and group setting interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a demographically diverse population.

CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Human Services, Gerontology

Required Program (Units)
GERON 331 Interviewing, Counseling the Elderly (3)
GERON 333 Techniques of Individual and Group Counseling of the Elderly (4)
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services (6)
HSER 364 Techniques of Group Counseling (4)
PSYC 300 General Principles (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 35

The Gerontology Certificate Program will prepare students to assist seniors in managing their health, psychological, and social needs unique to the elderly population via a broad overview of the biological, psychological, and social aspects of aging. The need for specialization in gerontology is clearly shown in population trends and documented in literature citing the lack of adequately prepared geriatric caregivers. The focus is on preparation for associate-level positions with private industry, government and non-profit agencies providing health services to senior adults.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
• Demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when communicating with the elderly at different cognitive levels.
• Evaluate and discuss similarities and differences surrounding diverse aging populations as they relate to life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family, work, retirement, mental health, death, lifestyles, sexuality, and use of services.
• Discuss the impact of language and other cultural factors that influence drug education, drug use, and treatment options with the elderly.
• Evaluate common methods of care for the dying including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care.
• Recognize and identify risk of caregiver stress in cases of Alzheimer's and other dementia.
• Identify and evaluate elder abuse causes, preventions strategies, and resources.
• Identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a socio-cultural framework.
• Recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging.
• Develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment.

CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION
Human Services, Home Caregiver

Required Program (Units)
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3)
HSER 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
HSER 350 Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
HSER 498 Work Experience (3)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 12

The certificate of recognition in Human Services, Home Caregiver provides students with an overview of ethical and legal issues pertinent to a position related to home caregiving, explores issues related to interpersonal skill training and the issues and needs affiliated with aging. Students planning to continue to specialize in gerontology to obtain either an AA or 4-year degree should consult with an FLC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major.

Program Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate skill, ease, confidence, rapport, and listening skills when communicating with the elderly at different cognitive levels.
- Evaluate and discuss similarities and differences surrounding diverse aging populations as they relate to life expectancy, mortality, mobility, family, work, retirement, mental health, death, lifestyles, sexuality, and use of services.
- Discuss the impact of language and other cultural factors that influence drug education, drug use, and treatment options with the elderly.
- Evaluate common methods of care for the dying including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care.
- Recognize and identify risk of caregiver stress in cases of Alzheimer's and other dementia.
- Identify and evaluate elder abuse causes, preventions strategies, and resources.
- Identify strategies for meeting the challenges of aging within a socio-cultural framework.
- Recognize and evaluate demographic, socioeconomic, legal, and physiologic aspects of aging.
develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment.

Updated 10/01/14

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