Human Services

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Chemical Dependency Studies

The degree program in Chemical Dependency Studies centers around the specific skills and abilities necessary to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol counseling. Course work includes the twelve counselor core function applications in addiction screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, clients education, client's rights, confidentiality, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3) 3
   or PSYC 401 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3)
HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3) 3
   or PSYC 402 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
Total Units: 34 - 37

14 units are required.

The Chemical Dependency Studies 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 ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate the components of a quality chemical dependency counseling program
  • demonstrate the twelve essential counseling skills as they apply to chemical dependency and recovery processes
  • utilize counseling strategies based on examination of scientific theories of addiction
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients with addiction issues
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of California Professional Codes of Ethics for Drug and Alcohol counselors
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making
  • demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Career Information

Upon completion of the A.A. degree a student possesses the coursework required for initial certification as a California drug and alcohol counselor (CDAC).


A.A. in Human Services

The A.A. degree program in Human Services centers around the broad array of entry level skills and abilities effectively used in social service delivery systems. Coursework includes the twelve helper core function applications in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
Total Units: 31 - 34

1Two units are required.

The Human Services 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 ARC 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 appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

Certificates of Achievement

Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate

The certificate program in Chemical Dependency Studies centers around the specific skills and abilities necessary to provide comprehensive drug and alcohol counseling. Course work includes the twelve counselor core function applications in addiction screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, clients education, client's rights, confidentiality, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 341 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3) 3
   or PSYC 401 Physiology and Pharmacology: Alcohol & Other Drugs (3)
HSER 342 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3) 3
   or PSYC 402 Alcoholism: Intervention, Treatment & Recovery (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
Total Units: 34 - 37

1Four units are required.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • evaluate the components of a quality chemical dependency counseling program
  • demonstrate the twelve essential counseling skills as they apply to chemical dependency and recovery processes
  • utilize counseling strategies based on examination of scientific theories of addiction
  • identify the community resources used in assisting clients with addiction issues
  • appraise and apply the knowledge of California Professional Codes of Ethics for Drug and Alcohol counselors
  • evaluate one's own values and attitudes as they apply to ethical decision making
  • demonstrate appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

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 Chemical Dependency Studies Certificate of Achievement

Career Information

Upon completion of the certificate a student possesses the coursework required for initial certification as a California drug and alcohol counselor (CDAC).


Human Services Certificate

The certificate in Human Services centers around the broad array of entry level skills and abilities effectively used in social service delivery systems. Coursework includes the twelve helper core function applications in client screening, intake, assessment, orientation, counseling, consultation, client's rights, confidentiality, crisis intervention, client education, professional ethics, and reports and record keeping.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
HSER 300 Introduction to Human Services 3
HSER 310 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3) 3
   or GERON 304 Ethical Issues and Client's Rights (3)
HSER 330 Issues of Diverse Populations (3) 3
   or PSYC 365 Issues of Diverse Populations (3)
HSER 340 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3) 3
   or PSYC 400 Introduction to Chemical Dependency (3)
HSER 360 Techniques of Interviewing and Counseling 3
HSER 365 Techniques of Group Counseling 3
PSYC 300 General Principles (3) 3
   or PSYC 305 Psychology Applied to Modern Life (3)
PSYC 340 Abnormal Behavior (3) 3
   or PSYC 481 Honors Abnormal Behavior (3)
SOC 300 Introductory Sociology 3
HSER 362 Practices in Human Services 3
HSER 498 Work Experience in Human Services 1 -41
Total Units: 31 - 34

1Two units are required.

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 appropriate interpersonal and social skills in interactions with a diverse population using principles of equity, justice, and inclusion

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 Human Services Certificate of Achievement