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Courses

The following Social Work/Human Services courses are offered:

SWHS 300
Introduction to Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course provides an overview of social service agencies, social work, and human services. Students will understand the historical and current delivery of social services by exploring problems of living such as poverty, substance abuse, and mental health. Emphasis is on the knowledge and tasks used by skilled, ethical, and culturally responsive social service workers. Students will have the opportunity to visit a social service agency and create a career plan or an internship program proposal. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 300.

SWHS 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. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 302.

SWHS 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. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 304.

SWHS 331
Cross Cultural Psychology    3 Units
Same As: PSYC 368
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: PSYC 300
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area III(b); AA/AS Area VI
CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course explores the impact of cultural influences on the psychological and individual development of ethnic group members. Emphasis will be placed on integrating traditional theoretical approaches and current cross-cultural statistical research and theory in the study of African-Americans, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, gays & lesbians, the elderly, and the disabled. This course is not open to those who have completed PSYC 368 or HSER 331.

SWHS 340
Introduction to Chemical Dependency    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 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. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 340.

SWHS 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. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 350.

SWHS 360
Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling    3 Units
Prerequisite: SWHS 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. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 360.

SWHS 365
Techniques of Group Counseling    3 Units
Prerequisite: SWHS 360 with a grade of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course introduces the basic elements and techniques of group counseling. Through class discussions, in-class practice, and role plays students will learn the knowledge and skills needed for effective group facilitation. The course emphasizes different types of groups, stages of group process, and techniques for counseling specific populations including individuals with substance use disorders and those from diverse backgrounds. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 365.

SWHS 366
Practices in Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: SWHS 300 and 350 with grades of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 108 hours LAB
This course provides students with a supervised internship in a community organization, agency, or institution that provides social services. Through weekly class meetings, students review knowledge and skills learned in previous social work/human services courses. This course focuses on developing skills for future work as a human services professional. Students must provide their own transportation to internships. This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 366.

SWHS 367
Advanced Practices in Human Services    3 Units
Prerequisite: SWHS 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). This course is not open to students who have completed HSER 367.

SWHS 494
Topics in Human Services    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: SWHS 300 and SWHS 350 with grades of "C" or better.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 9-72 hours LEC
This practicum course provides research and classroom experience in designing programs for 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 project planning. This course is not open to students who have previously taken HSER 499: Experimental Offering in Human Services (Advanced Practices in Human Services). This course is not open to students who have completed SWHS 367.

SWHS 495
Independent Studies in Human Services   1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54-162 hours LAB

SWHS 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: 60-300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within the field of Social Work/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.

SWHS 499
Experimental Offering in Social Work/Human Service    .5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
 

Updated 6/1/18

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