Social Work/Human Services

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Social Work/Human Services, General

The A.A. degree program in Human Services provides performance-based training for both associate level employment and transfer preparation. This degree 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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 Ethical Issues in Social Work/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 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: 33

The Social Work/Human Services, General Associate in Arts (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. See FLC graduation requirements.

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.

Career Information

Career opportunities may include but are not limited to: Peer Support Group Facilitator; Youth Group Home Worker; Alcoholism Program Worker; Family, Welfare, and Health Agencies Worker; Ombudsman Program Workers; Work with Correctional Agencies; Consumer Consultant; County or State Eligibility Worker; Conflict Containment Workers.


A.A. in Social Work/Human Services, Gerontology

The Gerontology Degree Program prepares 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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging 3
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
SOC 310 Marriage and the Family 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 Ethical Issues in Social Work/Human Services 3
SWHS 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
SWHS 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
SWHS 366 Practices in Human Services 3
SWHS 367 Advanced Practices in Human Services 3
Total Units: 33

The Social Work/Human Services, Gerontology Associate in Arts (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. See FLC graduation requirements.

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.

Career Information

Career options may include but are not limited to: Home Caregiver, Care/Case Aide, Registry Coordinator, Volunteer Services, Elder Care Provider, Program Aide or Assistant, Geriatric Aide, Home Care Specialist, Home Health Aide, and an Intergenerational Care Provider.

Certificates of Achievement

Social Work, Human Services, Gerontology Certificate

The Gerontology Certificate Program prepares 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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging 3
PSYC 300 General Principles 3
SOC 310 Marriage and the Family 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 Ethical Issues in Social Work/Human Services 3
SWHS 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
SWHS 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
SWHS 366 Practices in Human Services 3
SWHS 367 Advanced Practices in Human Services 3
Total Units: 33

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Social Work, Human Services, Gerontology Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Career opportunities may include, but are not limited to: Home Caregiver, Registry Coordinator, Volunteer Services, Elder Care Provider, Program Aide or Assistant, Geriatric Aide, Home Care Specialist, Home Health Aide, or an Intergenerational Care Provider.


Social Work/Human Services, General Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title 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 Ethical Issues in Social Work/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 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: 33

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.

Gainful Employment

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose a variety of information for any program that is eligible for financial aid that "prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation." The following link provides Gainful Employment Disclosure information for this certificate program:

Gainful Employment Information for Social Work/Human Services, General Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Career opportunities may include but are not limited to: Peer Support Group Facilitator; Youth Group Home Worker; Alcoholism Program Worker; Family, Welfare, and Health Agencies Worker; Ombudsman Program Workers; Work with Correctional Agencies; Consumer Consultant; County or State Eligibility Worker; Conflict Containment Workers.

Certificate

Social Work/Human Services, Home Caregiver Certificate

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.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
GERON 300 Sociology of Aging (3) 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
GERON 498 Work Experience in Gerontology (1 - 4)
SWHS 302 Introduction to Psychology of Human Relations 3
SWHS 350 Ethical Issues in Social Work/Human Services 3
Total Units: 12

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.

Public Service, Health, and Education

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Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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This program is part of the Liberal Arts and Social Sciences meta-major.

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