Programs > Human Service Worker Certificate of Achievement

The Human Service Worker Program provides students with the knowledge and skills to perform essential, entry-level Human Service Worker tasks in a competent and ethical manner, with an understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse populations which they will serve. Human Service Workers are non-professional, entry-level workers who provide services to clients under the supervision of counselors, social workers, nurses, and/or other professionals. Human Service Workers may be members of a team or work with little direct supervision. Typical duties include: determining and referring to appropriate human service agencies; assisting in the application for benefits and other social programs; providing transportation; providing training in daily living skills; co-facilitating individual, family and group counseling sessions; advocating for clients before social and government agencies; and maintaining case records and reports. Employers prefer potential Human Service Workers to have completed post-secondary certificate training (usually a minimum of 12-18 units at a community college or occupational training program) and who have some on-the-job experience, such as is provided by cooperative work experience or an internship class. This program meets these employer needs, and gives students a clear employment advantage over untrained, inexperienced job applicants. The Human Service Worker Program is, for many, a first step on a career path. It is an important step in an academic path, as well. Many of the courses in the Human Service Worker Program may be applied to the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Studies Certificate and Degree Programs for those students who want to continue with more advanced study, and who are interested in seeking more complex and challenging employment opportunities. Students who receive their Human Service Worker certificate can continue their studies in the AOD Studies Program while employed.

Term Effective Fall 2006
Required Courses
Course Title Units
HLH 55 Applied Health Education* 3.0
HUS 101 Introduction to the Helping Professions 3.0
HUS 103 Field Placement and Practicum Seminar 1.5
HUS 152 Basic Skills for Human Service Workers 3.0
HUS 154 Fundamentals of Interviewing and Counseling 3.0
HUS 156 Case Management and Documentation 3.0
HUS 196 Occupational Work Experience 2.0

Total Required Units 18.5

HLH 200: Health Education or HLH 103: Women's Health may be substituted for HLH 55. HUS 197: Occupational Work Experience - Alternate Plan 92 units) may be substituted.


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