Academic Catalog

Human Services Classes

Therapeutic Communication Skills

Item Number
HS 115
Credits
5

Acquaints students with the basic methods of therapeutic communication. Emphasis is placed on building basic active listening skills. Students will demonstrate mastery of theory through classroom activities, including mock interviews and videotaping.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of ENGL& 101, PSYC& 100, any 100-level Computer Applications class of 3 or more credits, and COLL 102 with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher.

Soft Skills for the Human Services Professional

Item Number
HS 120
Credits
3

Designed to prepare students for the internship portion of the program, as well as employment preparation. Students will develop professional résumés, cover letters, and employment preparation materials in line with human services industry standards. Topics include workplace communication skills, including written and oral communication, team building, time and self-management, stress management, and conflict resolution for the workplace. Students will explore the supervisor-supervisee relationship, including the functions of evaluation, self-evaluation, and professional development.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 115, HS 127, and HS 237, to be eligible to take this course.

HIV/Aids/Blood-born Pathogens & Brief Risk Intervention for the Chemically Dependent

Item Number
HS 125
Credits
1

Increase student’s knowledge of HIV/AIDS & blood-borne pathogens. Students will gain knowledge of the history of HIV/AIDS and related issues. Provides ten hours of HIV/AIDS training in the areas of transmission, occupational safety, and standard precautions. 

Prerequisites

For Human Services Generalists: Students must be a high school graduate or have passed a high school equivalency test and have Accuplacer reading/writing combined score of 277 or equivalent or higher, or successful completion of ENG 094, and have an Accuplacer quantitative score of 230 or equivalent or successful completion of MAT 092 prior to starting the course. For HSCD certificate students: Completion of a terminal degree (A.A., B.A., M.S., etc.), OR student is entering their fourth quarter of the Human Services associate degree program.

Introduction to Human Services

Item Number
HS 127
Credits
5

Introduces students to human services as a profession and includes a historical and philosophical framework of human service delivery. Contemporary roles and the human service worker will be covered, including: typical duties and tasks of human service workers, income, maintenance, children’s services, family services, aging, substance abuse, mental health, services for persons with disabilities, and the sociocultural aspects of providing services in a multiculturally diverse society. Students will also examine the competencies and qualifications required to become an effective human services worker, as well as the occupational and educational alternatives for graduates.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of ENGL& 101, PSYC& 100, any 100-level Computer Applications class of 3 or more credits, and COLL 102 with a grade of C or higher.

Internship I

Item Number
HS 152
Credits
3

Students will participate in on-the-job training in the human services field of their choice. Duties and tasks are supervised. Students will perform relevant job duties and tasks within an agency of their choice, attend supervision meetings, identify applicable community resources, and perform other job duties as assigned. Instructor permission is required for site choice.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 225, HS 125, HS 227, and HS 120, to be eligible to take this course.

Human Development for the Human Services Professional

Item Number
HS 215
Credits
5

Human development for the human services professional is a lifespan development course looking at the physical, social, cognitive, and emotional development from conception to death. Cultural dynamics, diversity, and social contexts are examined in their relationship to the developmental process. Implications for parenting, education, case management, and social policymaking will be discussed in terms of the application for human services professionals.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 245, HS 222, HS 230, and HS 241 to be eligible to take this course.

Applied Counseling for the Human Services Professional

Item Number
HS 222
Credits
5

Increases student knowledge of a variety of counseling theories, theorists and techniques, from both a historical and contemporary viewpoint. Students will explore the practical application and appropriate uses of these theories in the human services system.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 152, HS 226, and HS 234, to be eligible to take this course.

Survey of Community Resources

Item Number
HS 225
Credits
3

Introduces students to a variety of community-based human service agencies through examination of their services, functions and service populations. The class will participate in field visits, guest lectures and exercises designed to assist them in understanding the relevance of each service component to the whole community, regional and state system.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 115, HS 127, and HS 237, to be eligible to take this course.

Mental Health Assessment & Evaluation

Item Number
HS 226
Credits
5

Explores current perspectives of mental health in the helping professions by focusing on the identification, definition, diagnostic criteria, and assessment and evaluation of psychological disorders. Emphasizes the continuum between normal and abnormal behavior by examining biological, psychological, and socio-cultural causal factors as they relate to adults and children.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 225, HS 125, HS 227, and HS 120, to be eligible to take this course.

Behavioral Health & Wellness

Item Number
HS 227
Credits
5

Introduces students to the dimensions of wellness, including physical, emotional, social, and spiritual components. Students explore strategies for personal behavioral health and wellness, including coping strategies, personal boundaries, self-awareness and how to avoid burnout on the job.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 115, HS 127, and HS 237, to be eligible to take this course.

Case Management

Item Number
HS 230
Credits
5

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of case management practice. Students will review different models of case management and learn about common case management functions, such as outreach, engagement, assessment, planning, accessing resources, coordination and advocacy.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 152, HS 226, and HS 234, to be eligible to take this course.

Culturally Competent Practice

Item Number
HS 234DIV
Credits
5

Provides students with an awareness of the historical, cultural, socio-economic, biological and psychosocial influences that define diversity. Examines culturally-competent standards that influence best practice standards for human service workers.

Students will explore culture, guidelines for culturally sensitive practices, the impact of inequality on a variety of service populations, racism, prejudice, and inclusion strategies.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 225, HS 125, HS 227, and HS 120, to be eligible to take this course.

Law & Ethics for Human Services

Item Number
HS 237
Credits
3

Presents an overview of the ethical and professional issues that human services workers face in the field. Includes ethical decision-making, professional responsibilities, liability, confidentiality, records and rights of clients, professional codes of ethics, core values and personal issues, supervision, leadership, and the legal system.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of ENGL& 101, PSYC& 100, any 100-level Computer Applications class of 3 or more credits, and COLL 102 with a grade of ā€œCā€ or higher.

Special Projects

Item Number
HS 238
Credits
3

Increases students’ knowledge and skill by formulating and implementing a special project related to the human services field. Students must obtain authorization from the instructor for the project prior to enrolling in course.

Selected Topics

Item Number
HS 239
Credits
3

Students will be responsible for performing either a literature review and/or a research paper on a human services-related topic. Students must obtain authorization from the instructor for the project prior to enrolling in the course.

Survey of Addiction

Item Number
HS 240
Credits
5

Focuses on addiction in modern society by surveying prevalent addictions and common co-occurring disorders. Students will gain an overview of causal factors and the consequences of addiction as they relate to the individual, family, and community. A strengths-based perspective will focus on the biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors influencing addiction and recovery.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 245, HS 222, HS 230, and HS 241, to be eligible to take this course.

Dynamics of Violence

Item Number
HS 241
Credits
5

Presents an overview of the dynamics of violence in relationship to both the perpetrator and the victim. Areas of emphasis include child neglect, child sexual and physical abuse, missing and exploited children and adolescents, domestic violence, the cycle of violence, elder abuse, and violence’s impact on the family system. Strategies for treatment and community intervention are explored.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 152, HS 226, and HS 234, to be eligible to take this course.

Internship II

Item Number
HS 245
Credits
3

Students will participate in on-the-job training in the human services field of their choice. Duties and tasks are supervised. Students perform relevant job duties and tasks within their agency of choice, attend supervision meetings, identify applicable community resources, and perform other job duties as assigned. Instructor permission is required for site choice. Successful completion of Internship I is required.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of HS 152 Internship I.

Group Process

Item Number
HS 246
Credits
3

An introduction to the dynamics of group interaction, with emphasis on the student’s firsthand experience as a group leader and member. Highlights the factors involved in problems of communication, effective emotional responses, and personal growth. Emphasizes group process as a means of changing behavior. This course is designed to assist human services students, who will function as group leaders and co-leaders.

Prerequisites

Students must complete HS 245, HS 222, HS 230, and HS 241 to be eligible to take this course.

Internship III

Item Number
HS 255
Credits
3

Students will participate in on-the-job training in the human services field of their choice. Duties and tasks are supervised. Students perform relevant job duties and tasks within their agency of choice, attend supervision meetings, identify applicable community resources, and perform other job duties as assigned. Instructor permission is required for site choice. Successful completion of Internship II is required.

Prerequisites

Successful completion of HS 245 Internship II.

Any Biology Course

Item Number
HS Biology
Credits
5

BIOL& 160, General Biology w/Lab

BIOL& 175, Human Biology w/Lab

BIOL& 241, Human A & P I

BIOL& 242, Human A & P 2

BIOL& 260, Microbiology

Approved Human Services Electives From List Below

Item Number
HS Electives
Credits
8

Select from the list of approved Human Services electives below.

  • SOC& 101DIV, Introduction to Sociology
  • PSYC& 220, Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC& 200, Lifespan Psychology
  • ASL& 121, American Sign Language
  • HS 238, Special Projects
  • HS 239, Selected Topics
  • HSCD 256, Special Projects
  • HSCD 259, Selected Topics
  • SVL 101, Service Learning
  • LEADR 100, Leadership I
  • LEADR 101, Leadership II
  • LEADR 102, Leadership III
  • LEADR 103, Leadership IV
  • Any Biology Course
  • Any HSCD Course

Any HSCD Course

Item Number
HS HSCD
Credits
5

HSCD 135 Introduction to Chemical Dependency 3CR
HSCD 140 Ethics for Chemical Dependency Professionals 2CR
HSCD 145 Physiological Actions of Drugs & Alcohol 3CR
HSCD 155 Chemical Dependency & Counseling I: Individuals & Groups 5CR
HSCD 215 Case Management & Recordkeeping for the CDP 5CR
HSCD 226 Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation 2CR
HSCD 228 Chemical Dependency & the Law 2CR
HSCD 249 Chemical Dependency & Counseling II: Adolescents & Families 5CR
HSCD 251 Relapse Preventionq 3CR
HSCD 256 Special Projects 3-5CR
HSCD 259 Selected Topics 3-5CR

Introduction to Addictions

Item Number
HSCD 134
Credits
5

Focuses on substance and behavioral addictions in modern society by surveying prevalent addiction trends and common co-occurring disorders. Students will gain an overview of causal factors and the consequences of addiction as they relate to the individual, family and community. A strengths-based perspective will focus on the biological, psychological and socio-cultural factors influencing addiction and recovery.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, or student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

The Neuro-Pharmacology of Addiction

Item Number
HSCD 150
Credits
5

This course provides an overview of the effects of drug use and chemical dependency on the body including physiological, emotional and behavioral implications. Topics include drug interactions, brain-body chemistry, and the management of chronic and acute conditions of drug misuse.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255. Completion of HSCD 134 Introduction to Chemical Dependency.

Chemical Dependency Counseling I: Individuals & Groups

Item Number
HSCD 155
Credits
5

This course explores learning in a collaborative process that facilitates the client’s progress toward mutually determined treatment goals and objectives.  Students will learn counseling competencies that will include sensitivity to the client’s individual characteristics and culture, the role of the counselor, approaches to counseling and addiction disorders, use of warmth, respect, genuineness, concreteness and empathy, and the therapeutic use of power and authority.  Group dynamics and CD group counseling requirements as per the WAC and RCW will be covered.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

Addictions Treatment: Ethics & the Law

Item Number
HSCD 180
Credits
5

This course examines the federal and state laws that pertain to chemical dependency for individuals, families, and service agencies, including the relevant WAC and RCW.  Students will be introduced to the local criminal, civil, and juvenile court systems. Core topics include the examination and adherence of the ethical standards for Chemical Dependency Professionals in the helping relationship, including implications for clinical supervision and continuing education. Includes ethical decision-making, professional responsibilities, liability, confidentiality, records and rights of clients, professional codes of ethics, core values and personal issues, supervision, leadership, and the legal system. 

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

Case Management & Record-Keeping for the Chemical Dependency Professional

Item Number
HSCD 215
Credits
5

This course provides basic chemical dependency case management skills of service coordination, referral practices, community services, ongoing evaluation of treatment progress, client needs, HIV Brief risk intervention for the chemically dependent, and learning documentation standards and applicable laws. 

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation

Item Number
HSCD 227
Credits
3

Students will be introduced to a variety of industry-standard screening, evaluation and assessment tools for both adolescents and adults. Students will be able to determine a client’s readiness for treatment & change, and have an understanding of the appropriate levels of care. ASAM placement and the stages of change will be focal topics.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

Suicide Prevention for the Chemical Dependency Professional

Item Number
HSCD 229
Credits
1

This course provides an overview of contributing factors to suicidality, including mental health, substance use, and lifespan development. Evidence-based prevention strategies for adolescents, adults, and older adults are discussed, including differentiations between Death with Dignity statutes for the terminally ill.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

Chemical Dependency Practicum

Item Number
HSCD 235
Credits
3

Students will work in a supervised chemical dependency agency, as approved by the internship supervisor. Students adhere to ethical and professional responsibilities as per their agency, WAC, RCW, and NAADAC guidelines. The course will provide both individual and group supervision provided by agency and instructional professionals to share experiences and further develop work–related skills. Students will complete 115 hours of supervised clinical experience.

Co-requisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255. Completion of HSCD 134 Introduction to Addictions.

Chemical Dependency Counseling II: Adolescents & Families

Item Number
HSCD 249
Credits
5

Acquaints students with culturally competent models of diagnosis and intervention for families and adolescents as well as building an understanding for the dynamics among family members impacted by chemical dependency.  Provides an overview of adolescent psychology and development and family systems theory. Discusses client, family and community education for substance misuse.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255. Completion of HSCD 155 Chemical Dependency Counseling I: Individuals & Groups.

Relapse Prevention

Item Number
HSCD 251
Credits
3

Familiarizes students with the basic philosophy and techniques of relapse prevention for substance abuse and the ongoing process that involves all aspects of the person’s wellness and culture. Learn to recognize the warnings signs for relapse, the 12-step approach to recovery, and general wellness concepts.

Prerequisites

Completion of a terminal degree associate or higher, OR student has completed HS 222, HS 241, HS 230, and HS 255.

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