Human Services

Serving those in need

Human Services

Serving those in need

Human Services

Serving those in need

The Skagit Valley College Human Services Program is an approved academic provider through the NAADAC—National Association for Addiction Professionals. This status identifies the program as meeting nationally approved standards of education developed for the alcoholism and drug abuse counseling field.

Program participants are assured that the contact hours or CEUs provided will be accepted toward national credentialing by the NAADAC and by many of the individual state licensing/certification bodies.

The Human Services program prepares you to serve people in need through community social service organizations. Our program has a core of courses that all students complete for the ATA degree in either the Generalist or Substance Use Disorder emphasis.

Program Options

The Human Services ATA degree provides a generalist education for employment in a wide variety of social service agencies.  You’ll learn about human behavior and social problems and how individuals interface with systems to address these issues.

The Substance Use Disorder emphasis program is available for students interested in focusing their studies on Chemical Dependency rehabilitation. This Degree is designed for students who wish to fulfill the education requirements for certification as Chemical Dependency Professionals through the Department of Health in Washington State.

Degree Paths

Human Services-Generalist Emphasis, AAS
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Human Services-Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Counseling Emphasis, AAS
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Certificate Options

Human Services Individual Technical Certificate
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Human Services Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate
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Program Courses

Courses List
HSERV 101 - Introduction to Human Services

HSERV 101 - Introduction to Human Services

(3)
Overview of the delivery systems in social services with focus on historical perspectives, pluralism and current trends. Introduction to critical thinking skills, research techniques and research paper writing. Prerequisite: CSS 103 or concurrent enrollment.

HSERV 102 - Generalist Case Management

HSERV 102 - Generalist Case Management

(5)
Preparation for coordinating individual client activities and evaluation of their needs. Includes current case management techniques for those in the Human Services profession. Required case management course for the generalist degree. None

HSERV 106 - Interpersonal Communication Skills

HSERV 106 - Interpersonal Communication Skills

(5)
Introduction to the communication skill sets needed to excel as a Human Services professional. Focuses on the theory and practice of communication with the inclusion of inter and intra-personal skills development, critical thinking, problem solving and the learning process. None

HSERV 110 - Introduction to Caregiving

HSERV 110 - Introduction to Caregiving

(3)
Overview of the caregiving experience. This is an elective course designed for anyone who will become a care worker, particularly those caregivers who will be working in a home under the direct guidance of the client or their representative. This can be the case in families where the elder or disabled family member is ruled as custodial and is determined to remain in his/her home, but requires help managing day to day instrumental care tasks as well as personal oversight and some personal care. Taught in a small group format, each student will participate by self-reflection, group discussion and interaction. None

HSERV 121 - Introduction to Disabilities and Disability Law

HSERV 121 - Introduction to Disabilities and Disability Law

(4)
Overview of disabilities and disability law, and historical and current rehabilitation techniques. None

HSERV 131 - Human Development

HSERV 131 - Human Development

(5)
Introduction to the stages of human development with particular attention to adult life development. Explores the relevance of ethnicity, culture, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation and community in a person’s development. Prerequisite: HSERV 101 and 106.

HSERV 132 - Motivational Interviewing

HSERV 132 - Motivational Interviewing

(4)
Introduction to basic terminology and techniques involved in Motivational Interviewing. This is a skill building course for students interested in entering the counseling profession. None.

HSERV 141 - Alcoholism and other Addictive Disorders

HSERV 141 - Alcoholism and other Addictive Disorders

(5)
Social, psychological, and physiological aspects of drug abuse and addictive disorders. Introduction to drug use behaviors and their impact on contemporary society. Foundational course for those who desire more knowledge regarding psychoactive drugs, drug-use behavior and the treatment systems currently available to assist those with drug related problems. None

HSERV 145 - Addictions and the Law

HSERV 145 - Addictions and the Law

(3)
Overview of the mutual impacts of chemical dependency treatment and the legal system on each other. Guidelines and laws which affect case management and the structures and functions of courts as they affect addiction treatment. Developing a working relationship with Department of Licensing, Department of Social and Health Services and the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA). None

HSERV 147 - Basic Mediation Training

HSERV 147 - Basic Mediation Training

(5)
Learn the skills, tools and processes of effective mediation. Reviews the causes and dynamics of conflict and mediator interventions. Explores communication skills designed to facilitate cooperation and help parties reach agreement. Meets the standards for a Basic Mediation course which is the first requirement in obtaining a mediation certification. Prerequisite: HSERV 101 or instructor permission.

HSERV 149 - Social Issues

HSERV 149 - Social Issues

(5)
Survey of current social issues. Includes the impact of attitudes and values influencing perspectives, goals, and outcome expectations of service providers and clients. Looks at social change in the past and controversies surrounding social issues today. Required course for the generalist degree. None

HSERV 171 - HIV/AIDS & Bld Pathogen Trng for Chem Depend Prof

HSERV 171 - HIV/AIDS & Bld Pathogen Trng for Chem Depend Prof

(1)
Covers HIV/AIDS and includes Brief Risk Intervention (BRI) segment. Satisfies the Washington State Department of Health requirement for those applying to become Chemical Dependency Professionals (CDP). None

HSERV 198 - Pre-Practicum Seminar

HSERV 198 - Pre-Practicum Seminar

(2)
Provides information, direction and sequence of tasks in preparation for practicum in an agency setting. Students identify specific responsibilities for successful practicum experience and become familiar with the paperwork flow and purpose of each task. None

HSERV 199 - Practicum

HSERV 199 - Practicum

(1-4)
Supervised practicum in an approved human services agency site. Structured learning and development of workplace skills. Opportunity for application of critical thinking skills, pluralism, and communication skills within human services systems. Concurrent enrollment in HSERV 200. Prerequisite: HSERV 101 and 198 with minimum C grade in each.

HSERV 200 - Practicum Seminar

HSERV 200 - Practicum Seminar

(1)
Discussion of issues arising in field placement. Must be taken concurrently with HSERV 199. Prerequisite: HSERV 101 and 198 with minimum C grade in each.

HSERV 203 - Introduction to Counseling

HSERV 203 - Introduction to Counseling

(5)
Historical perspectives, theory and fundamentals of counseling as related to Human Services agency work. Introduction to evidenced-based and Best Practices models. Development of basic techniques and critical thinking skills appropriate for mental health, chemical dependency and rehabilitation counseling. Prerequisite: HSERV 101 or instructor permission

HSERV 221 - Crisis Intervention

HSERV 221 - Crisis Intervention

(5)
Theory and techniques of crisis intervention with an emphasis on assessment and knowledge of local resources. Prerequisite: HSERV 101.

HSERV 222 - Counseling Theories and Therapies

HSERV 222 - Counseling Theories and Therapies

(5)
Special emphasis on designated major counseling theories and techniques. Includes an exploration of the process of learning and the different learning styles encountered by counselors and human service professionals. None

HSERV 231 - Psychopathology and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health

HSERV 231 - Psychopathology and Therapeutic Intervention in Mental Health

(4)
Survey of various treatment approaches in mental health, substance abuse treatment, etiology of mental disorders, and DSM diagnostic criteria. Prerequisite: HSERV 101 or instructor permission

HSERV 232 - Pluralism in Human Services: D

HSERV 232 - Pluralism in Human Services: D

(5)
Issues of pluralism and diversity with focus on relationships between agencies, staff and the diverse client populations served in the Human Services profession. Prerequisite: HSERV 132.

HSERV 241 - Addictive Disorders & the Family

HSERV 241 - Addictive Disorders & the Family

(3)
Alcoholism and other disorders as a family disease; effects of role disturbance, boundary violations, and communication disruptions on children, spouse, and family systems; therapeutic interventions for families. Development of a multicultural perspective in working with families and within communities. None

HSERV 242 - Physiology & Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs

HSERV 242 - Physiology & Pharmacology of Psychoactive Drugs

(3)
Broad overview of the pharmacological and physiological impact of psychoactive drug use coupled with a detailed examination of the neurochemical changes that accompany drug dependencies. Required course for those on the Human Services chemical dependency track. Prerequisite: HSERV 141 or instructor permission

HSERV 243 - Substance Use Disorder Assessment & Case Mgmt.

HSERV 243 - Substance Use Disorder Assessment & Case Mgmt.

(4)
Introduction to the tools & techniques (including ASAM criteria) used for drug and alcohol assessments and case management. Covers treatment plan formation and the implementation of quality care, the Behavioral Administration (BHA) as well as making appropriate referrals. Prerequisite: HSERV 141 or department chair approval.

HSERV 244 - Group Process and Addictive Disorders

HSERV 244 - Group Process and Addictive Disorders

(3)
Group counseling skills for working with addicted clients in residential and outpatient treatment settings. Includes best practices, emerging practices and other major counseling theories and techniques. Prerequisite: HSERV 141 or equivalent with permission of Department Chair

HSERV 245 - Professional Ethics

HSERV 245 - Professional Ethics

(3)
Presentation and discussion of ethical principles and codes of professional behavior for those working in chemical dependency treatment, mental health services, developmental disability rehabilitation and other human service settings. None

HSERV 248 - Adolescent Addictive Disorders Counseling

HSERV 248 - Adolescent Addictive Disorders Counseling

(3)
Provides addictive disorder professionals and those pursuing addictive disorder counseling qualifications the opportunity to learn how to work with children and adolescents in an effective manner. None

Courses List

 

Outcomes

Human Services Substance Use Disorder Counseling Certificate

  • Assess client needs, plan strategies, implement services, and docu­ment relevant information in styles and formats consistent with agency requirements and best practices models.
  • Establish a respectful, nonjudgmental, and professional therapeu­tic or supportive relationship with clients of Human Services and colleagues in a variety of settings.
  • Provide quality client care by integrating interpersonal com­munications skills, relationship building skills, teamwork skills, and problem-solving skills in various social service and addiction treatment settings.
  • In conjunction with other professionals, implement treatment plans that recognize and maximize individual and family strengths, re­spect ethnocultural values, and address the needs and challenges of the individual and/or family.
  • Work collaboratively with others (family members, program staff, representatives from other programs) to solve problems and re­solve conflicts.
  • Integrate cross-cultural competencies with sensitivity toward uniqueness to better meet the needs of the clients served.
  • Effectively communicate orally and in writing in ways that mini­mize conflict and maximize clarity with diverse people.
  • Resolve conflict and crisis situations in a professional manner.

Graduates of the Substance Use Disorder emphasis program will be able to:

  • Understand the pharmacological actions of alcohol and other drugs.
  • Develop an understanding of effective drug and alcohol prevention and relapse prevention programs as well as local client, family and community drug prevention education opportunities.
  • Successfully complete Washington State’s HIV/AIDS brief risk intervention (8 hours) training for those with addictive disorders.
  • Demonstrate familiarity with substance abuse and addiction treatment methods, addiction placement, continuing care, and discharge criteria (including American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) criteria).
  • Learn and practice professional and ethical behavior which includes being respectful, reliable, culturally sensitive, respecting of each client’s personal boundaries, knowing the rules of confidentiality, and adhering to mandatory reporting laws.
  • Apply key principles in developmental and abnormal psychology to the experiences of drug abusing and drug-addicted patients (both youth and adult).
  • Learn and practice current assessment and case management techniques.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the 26 focus areas that the Washington State Department of Health has mandated as essen­tial knowledge for those entering the substance abuse treatment field. Upon completion of the coursework, be prepared to become a Chemical Dependency Professional (CDP).
Program Costs

Program cost information available for Certificate Options only

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