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
||Applied Health Education*
||Introduction to the Helping Professions
||Field Placement and Practicum Seminar
||Basic Skills for Human Service Workers
||Fundamentals of Interviewing and Counseling
||Case Management and Documentation
||Occupational Work Experience
|Total Required Units
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.