Human Services

The two-year Human Services program is designed to meet an increasing need for paraprofessional human services generalists. The program is specifically designed to:

  • Prepare for employment as Human Service counselors, workers, and aides in areas of social services, vocational rehabilitation, mental health, child and family services, support services for seniors and people with disabilities and educational facilities.
  • Provide additional training and skills to paraprofessional human service workers currently employed, enabling them to more effectively meet human services needs.

The Chemical Dependency Counseling program develops specific skills and abilities needed to provide comprehensive alcohol and other drug treatment. Course work addresses a wide-range of issues and ethics in substance abuse treatment, including the twelve counselor core functions: screening, intake, assessment, client orientation, treatment planning, counseling, case management, crisis intervention, client education, referral, report and record keeping, and consultation with other professionals.

Degrees and Certificates

Human Services Associate in Science

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate skills and abilities and appropriately apply knowledge to work settings and situations.
  2. demonstrate communications skills [verbal, non-verbal, and written] that insure they can work effectively with clients and other professionals within the community.
  3. understand and demonstrate ethical behavior in a variety of challenging situations.
  4. display an understanding of and respect for other people and cultures
  5. understand their personal values and beliefs, and be able to compare and contrast them to the value and belief systems of other diverse groups within society.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major
HUSEV 10Introduction to Human Services3
HUSEV 11Understanding Diverse Populations3
HUSEV 23Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Services3
HUSEV 24Introduction to Case Management3
HUSEV 27Introduction to Professional and Personal Growth3
HUSEV 28Skills and Techniques of Group Counseling3
SOCIL 2Social Problems3
Course Block Units (21 required)
21
Approved Electives (6 units)
ECE 3Child Growth and Development3
or HUSEV 15Aging: Concepts and Issues3
or HUSEV 20Introduction To Chemical Dependency Studies3
or HUSEV 25Basic Counseling and Theory3
or PSYCH 46Abnormal Psychology3
or SPECH 7Interpersonal Communication3
Course Block Units (6 required)
6
Work Experience (2 units)
CWEE 45AOccupational Work Experience - Volunteer2
or CWEE 45BOccupational Work Experience - Paid2
or HUSEV 26ASupervised Field Work Practicum2
Course Block Units (2 required)
2
Total units for degree
29
Chemical Dependency Counselor Associate in Science

The Chemical Dependency Counseling Associate degree exceeds the minimum standards for application for certification as a Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor II (CATC II), established by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, and certification agencies in the State of California. Completion of the Associate of Science degree will assist students in obtaining entry-level and more advanced employment opportunities.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills to appropriate contexts and transfer knowledge and skills to new and varied situations.
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, and writing skills to communicate to a variety of clients at different levels of functioning and those within the community. 
  3. Students will demonstrate ethical behavior and explore their own personal values and beliefs. Students will display an understanding of and respect for other people and cultures.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major
HUSEV 20Introduction to Chemical Dependency Studies3
HUSEV 21Introduction to Physiological/Psychological Effects of Drug Abuse3
HUSEV 22Introduction to Development/Progression of Addictive Patterns of Behavior3
HUSEV 23Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Services3
HUSEV 24Introduction to Case Management3
HUSEV 25Basic Counseling and Theory3
HUSEV 26ASupervised Field Work Practicum*2
HUSEV 26BSupervised Field Work Practicum*5
HUSEV 27Introduction to Professional and Personal Growth3
HUSEV 28Skills and Techniques of Group Counseling3
TOTAL
31

*Practicum consists of 300 hours, 255 hours field and 45 hours classroom, of specialized and supervised field work practice. Certification is by California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and requires additional extensive internships, usually completed during employment; qualifies a person for entry into a certified internship. The 255 practicum hours count toward further internship requirements.

Chemical Dependency Counselor Certificate of Achievement

Certificate completers will qualify to apply for certification through state-approved certification boards. Completion of the Certificate will assist students in obtaining entry-level employment toward Certified Addictions Treatment Counselor (CATC) Basic and CATC I certification, and increase promotional opportunities for employees of substance abuse treatment programs.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to apply knowledge and skills to appropriate contexts and transfer knowledge and skills to new and varied situations. 
  2. Students will be able to demonstrate effective verbal, non-verbal, and writing skills to communicate to a variety of clients at different levels of functioning and those within the community. 
  3. Students will demonstrate ethical behavior and explore their own personal values and beliefs. Students will display an understanding of and respect for other people and cultures.
Course NumberCourse TitleUnits
Required Courses for Major
HUSEV 20Introduction to Chemical Dependency Studies3
HUSEV 21Introduction to Physiological/Psychological Effects of Drug Abuse3
HUSEV 22Introduction to Development/Progression of Addictive Patterns of Behavior3
HUSEV 23Legal and Ethical Aspects of Human Services3
HUSEV 24Introduction to Case Management3
HUSEV 25Basic Counseling and Theory3
HUSEV 26ASupervised Field Work Practicum2
HUSEV 26BSupervised Field Work Practicum5
Electives (Select 6 units from the following)
Category I (Select 3 units)
HUSEV 30Adult Children of Alcoholics1
HUSEV 31Family Treatment Approaches1
HUSEV 32Relationship Addiction/Co-Dependence1
HUSEV 34Gender Differences Related to Substance Abuse1
HUSEV 35Addiction and Domestic Violence1
HUSEV 36Chemical Dependency Prevention in Our Schools1
HUSEV 37Drug-Free Workplace: Employee Assistance Programs1
Category II (Select 3 units)
HUSEV 10Introduction to Human Services3
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3
SOCIL 1Introduction to Sociology3
TOTAL
31

*Practicum consists of 300 hours, 255 hours field and 45 hours classroom, of specialized and supervised field work practice. Certification is by California Certification Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors and requires additional extensive internships, usually completed during employment; qualifies a person for entry into a certified internship. The 255 practicum hours count toward further internship requirements.

Course Descriptions

HUSEV 10 – Introduction to Human Services (3 units) CSU
Survey of human services and social work; exploration of helping skills applied to such human problems as poverty, parenting, education, substance abuse, illness, and mental health. (L)

HUSEV 11 – Understanding Diverse Populations (3 units) CSU
An understanding of human dynamics and differences between people of diverse racial, ethnic and gender backgrounds will be discussed. Designed to generate sensitivity and appreciation of differences, eliminate barriers that get in way of working with diverse populations and create a healthier and safer environment. (L)

HUSEV 15 – Aging: Concepts and Issues (3 units) CSU
Social, economic, and psychological factors related to aging and the changing roles in contemporary society, including current controversies, personal adaptation to aging, income and housing, health and long-term care, employment and retirement, community social services, and social inequality. Not open for credit to student with credit in SOC 30. (L)

HUSEV 20 – Introduction to Chemical Dependency Studies (3 units) CSU
Overview of major topics in the study of drug abuse and dependency, i.e. history, drugs of abuse, models of prevention, addiction and treatment, and local and national policy. (L)

HUSEV 21 – Intro. to Physiological/Psychological Effects of Drugs of Abuse (3 units) CSU
Introduction and overview focused on drug action and disposition of the major drugs of abuse; ethanol, marijuana, cocaine, amphetamines, PCP, LSD, and designer drugs. Drug testing and the National Institute of Drug Abuse guidelines will be discussed. (L)

HUSEV 22—Introduction to Development/Progression of Addictive Patterns of Behavior (3 units) CSU
Introduction to the causes and development of addiction and co-dependency; exploration of the process of denial, use of defense mechanisms, and the influences on the family. (L)

HUSEV 23 – Basic Law/Ethics for ChemicalDependency Counselors (3 units) CSU
Introduction to the legal/ethical responsibilities of the chemical dependency counselor, with emphasis on confidentiality and the legal concept of privilege. All federal/state laws regarding the counselor/client relationship, client’s rights, child abuse reporting, etc., will be discussed; emphasis will be on the obligation of the counselors to the clients, their families, and society. (L)

HUSEV 24 – Introduction to Case Management (3 units) CSU
Introduction to mental health problems which affect substance abuse. Focus on the techniques of interviewing, case conceptualization, treatment planning, case management, and relapse control in chemical dependency counseling; familiarization with DSM IV-R and system of diagnosis approved by the American Psychiatric Association, including differential diagnosis, prognosis, and associated features. (L)

HUSEV 25 – Basic Chemical Dependency Counseling (3 units) CSU
Broad overview of the counseling methods used in the treatment of alcohol/drug dependency. An introduction to counseling theories and techniques used in the treatment; i.e., psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, multimodal, client centered, couples and family counseling. Case histories and specific theories will be analyzed. (L)

HUSEV 26A—Supervised Field Work Practicum (2 units) CSU
Supervised field work practice in a variety of settings that will introduce students to the various aspects of the field, and will afford students the opportunity to develop and refine their knowledge and skills in chemical dependency counseling. Meets California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors requirements. Prerequisite: HUSEV 23 and 24. (L)

HUSEV 26B – Supervised Field Work Practicum (5 units) CSU
Supervised field work practice in a variety of settings that will introduce students to the various aspects of the field and will afford students the opportunity to develop and refine their knowledge and skills in chemical dependency counseling. Meets California Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselor requirements. Prerequisite: HUSEV 25 and 26A. (L)

HUSEV 30 – Adult Children of Alcoholics (1 unit) CSU
Exploration of techniques, concepts, and behavioral guidelines for identifying the consequences of parental alcoholism/addiction; principles of modeling, shaping, reinforcement, and extinction of dysfunctional behavioral patterns learned in childhood will be described. (L)

HUSEV 31 – Family Treatment Approaches (1 unit) CSU
Examination of the systems approach in chemical dependency counseling as it relates to dysfunctional, addictive families. (L)

HUSEV 32 – Relationship Addiction/Co-dependency (1 unit) CSU
Identification of co-dependent behavior and the effects of these behaviors on relationships; assessment of healthy vs. unhealthy relationships on a continuum. (L)

HUSEV 34 – Gender Differences Related to Substance Abuse (1 unit) CSU
Exploration of the socialization process for females and males as it relates to the development of addictive behavior; the differences in societal views and treatment issues. (L)

HUSEV 35 – Addiction and Domestic Violence (1 unit) CSU
Overview of factors contributing to and eliciting explosive behavior responses in adults and children where substance abuse occurs in the home. Grades are P/NP. (L)

HUSEV 36 – Chemical Dependency Prevention in School (1 unit) CSU
Discussion of how parents, students, school systems, and communities can achieve a drug-free community; activities at the elementary and secondary level; appropriate for all concerned about chemical dependency in schools; explores implementation of current models of prevention, and prevention strategies as applied to the school system. (L)

HUSEV 37 – Drug-Free Workplace: Employee Assistance Programs (1 unit) CSU
Awareness and understanding of chemical dependency in the workplace; principles that staff can use in dealing with chemical dependency and job performance. (L)