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Degrees & Certificates

The following Human Services degrees and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
AA — Human Services, General

Required Program (units)
HSER 300     Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
PSYC 368    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
HSER 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
HSER 360    Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
HSER 365    Techniques of Group Counseling (4)
HSER 366    Practices in Human Services (3)
HSER 367    Advanced Practices in Human Services (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: (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 33

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.


CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT

Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities

Human Services, General

Required Program (Units)
HSER 300    Introduction to Human Services (3)
HSER 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
PSYC 368    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
HSER 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
HSER 360    Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
HSER 365    Techniques of Group Counseling (4)
HSER 366    Practices in Human Services (3)
HSER 367    Advanced Practices in Human Services (3)
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: (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

The certificate program in Human Services, General 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. 
  • demonstrate effective individual and group setting interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a demographically diverse population.

 

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)
A minimum of 3 units from the following: (3)
GERON 498    Work Experience (1-4)
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, & physiologic aspects of aging. 
  • develop practical workplace skills and knowledge needed for employment.

Updated 06/14/17

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