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Degrees & Certificates

The following Social Work/Human Services degrees and certificates are offered:

DEGREE
AA - Social Work/Human Services, General

REQUIRED PROGRAM Units
PSYC 300    General Principles (3)
SWHS 300    Introduction to Human Services (3)
SWHS 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
SWHS 331    Cross Cultural Psychology (3) (3)
   or PSYC 368    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
SWHS 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
SWHS 360    Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
SWHS 365    Techniques of Group Counseling (3) (3)
SWHS 366    Practices in Human Services (3)
SWHS 367    Advanced Practices in Human Services (3)
A minimum of six (6) units from the following: 6
   GERON 300    Sociology of Aging (3)
   PSYC 320    Social Psychology (3)
   SOC 300    Introductory Sociology (3)
   SOC 321    Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the United States (3)
   SWHS 304    Introduction to Counseling Children (3)
   SWHS 340    Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
   SWHS 494    Topics in Human Services (0.5-4)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 33

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

The AA degree program in Social Work/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. 
  • 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
Social Work/Human Services, General

REQUIRED PROGRAM Units
PSYC 300    General Principles (3) 
SWHS 300    Introduction to Human Services (3)
SWHS 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
SWHS 331    Cross Cultural Psychology (3)
or PSYC 368    Cross Cultural Psychology (3) (3) 
SWHS 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
SWHS 360    Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling (3)
SWHS 365    Techniques of Group Counseling (4)
SWHS 366    Practices in Human Services (3)
SWHS 367    Advanced Practices in Human Services (3)
A minimum of six (6) units from the following: 6
   GERON 300    Sociology of Aging (3)
   PSYC 320    Social Psychology (3)
   SOC 300    Introductory Sociology (3)
   SOC 321    Race, Ethnicity and Inequality in the U.S. (3)
   SWHS 304    Introduction to Counseling Children (3)
   SWHS 340    Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
   SWHS 494    Topics in Human Services (0.5-4)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 33

For Gainful Employment Info and Opportunities:
www.losrios.edu/gainful-emp-info/gedt.php?major=041152C01

The certificate program in Human Services provides performance-based training for both associate level employment and transfer preparation. This certificate provides training for Psychology and Social Work majors towards Marriage Family Therapists, Social Workers, and Psychologists. All courses within this curriculum are transferable to CSU four-year degree programs. Coursework includes performance-based training in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, individual counseling, group counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, reports and record keeping.

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
Social Work/Human Services, Home Caregiver

REQUIRED PROGRAM Units
GERON 300    Sociology of Aging (3)
SWHS 302    Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations (3)
SWHS 350    Employment Skills in Human Services (3)
A minimum of three (3) units from the following: 3
    GERON 498    Work Experience in Gerontology (1-4)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED 12

The Home Caregiver Certificate prepares recipients with in-home ethical and legal preparation, interpersonal skill training, and information regarding the needs affiliated with aging. 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, 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 10/31/18

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