Academic Catalog

Human Services AAT and AAS-T Degrees

degree Info at a Glance
Type
AAT and AAS-T Degree
Estimated # of Quarters
This degree is approximately 6-8 quarters long, depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all graduation requirements.
Admission Dates
Fall and spring quarters.

Degree updated as of March 2018, as per the 2017-18 Catalog Addendum.

Prepares students for a variety of entry and mid-level positions within the field of human services, which focuses on helping others gain the skills to help themselves.

Students will participate in both classroom instruction and a community-based internship experience with a local human services provider. Students who intern at these agencies serve a variety of populations, including the mentally ill, the developmentally disabled, seniors, persons living with HIV/AIDS, homeless, incarcerated adults, at-risk youth, pregnant and parenting teens, foster families, persons with substance abuse issues, and numerous other specialty areas. Students are responsible for choosing and securing their own internship placement and are primarily eligible for employment in the area in which they choose to complete their internship experience. Internship site choice requires instructor approval.

Employability Requirements: A background check will be conducted in the first quarter of the program to screen for prior convictions prior to internship placement, for advising purposes. If pursuing the CD certificate, students will apply directly to the Department of Health for state certification. Persons with some types of criminal convictions may not be eligible for employment at the discretion of the individual employer.

Program Length: The human services core classes take six-to-eight quarters to complete, depending on the degree option. The length for the completion of the associate degree may vary depending on the time students need to satisfactorily complete all prerequisites, electives, and general academic classes to meet degree requirements, and may vary between one-and-a-half and two years.

Admission Dates: Fall and spring quarters.

Prerequisite(s): Prospective students must attend a mandatory orientation/advising meeting with the instructors prior to being admitted. Students must be high school graduates or have passed a high school equivalency test. Students must be over the age of 18 and agree to the background check in the first quarter. Successful completion or transfer of the following courses is required before enrollment in human services courses: ENGL& 101, PSYC& 100, COLL 102, and any 100-level Computer Applications class of 3 credits or more.

*Students must have an internship site secured no later than the end of the first week of the quarter for the Internship I, II, and III courses Students are advised that a “No Record On File” report related to crimes against persons is generally required by agencies offering internship or employment. Students understand that some internship sites may not be available due to certain records. A non-refundable fee is charged to each student for the background check. Students who do not meet the internship site requirement within the specified timeline will be dropped from the course.

Degree Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
HS 115Therapeutic Communication Skills5
HS 120Soft Skills for the Human Services Professional3
HS 125HIV/Aids/Blood-born Pathogens & Brief Risk Intervention for the Chemically Dependent1
HS 127Introduction to Human Services5
HS 152Internship I3
HS 222Applied Counseling for the Human Services Professional5
HS 225Survey of Community Resources3
HS 226Mental Health Assessment & Evaluation5
HS 227Behavioral Health & Wellness5
HS 230Case Management5
HS 234DIVCulturally Competent Practice5
HS 237Law & Ethics for Human Services3
HS 241Dynamics of Violence5
HS 245Internship II3
 Technical Credits56

Therapeutic Communication Skills

Item #
HS 115
Total 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.
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Soft Skills for the Human Services Professional

Item #
HS 120
Total 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.
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HIV/Aids/Blood-born Pathogens & Brief Risk Intervention for the Chemically Dependent

Item #
HS 125
Total 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.
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Introduction to Human Services

Item #
HS 127
Total 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.
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Internship I

Item #
HS 152
Total 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.
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Applied Counseling for the Human Services Professional

Item #
HS 222
Total 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.
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Survey of Community Resources

Item #
HS 225
Total 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.
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Mental Health Assessment & Evaluation

Item #
HS 226
Total 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.
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Behavioral Health & Wellness

Item #
HS 227
Total 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.
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Case Management

Item #
HS 230
Total 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.
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Culturally Competent Practice

Item #
HS 234DIV
Total 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.
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Law & Ethics for Human Services

Item #
HS 237
Total 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.
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Dynamics of Violence

Item #
HS 241
Total 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.
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Internship II

Item #
HS 245
Total 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.
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Human Services AAT General Education Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements56
HS 215Human Development for the Human Services Professional5
HS 240Survey of Addiction5
HS 246Group Process3
HS 255Internship III3
Human Services Electives8
Computer Literacy Requirements3
Human Services AAT General Education Requirements28
 Total Credits111

Human Development for the Human Services Professional

Item #
HS 215
Total 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.
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Survey of Addiction

Item #
HS 240
Total 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.
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Group Process

Item #
HS 246
Total 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.
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Internship III

Item #
HS 255
Total 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.
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Human Services Electives

Total Credits
8
Students pursuing the Human Services Generalist option must complete 8 credits from the courses below. They may also take and biology course or any HSCD course for elective credits.
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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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Human Services AAT General Education Requirements

Total Credits
28
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Human Services AAS-T General Education Requirements

Course NumberClass TitleCredits
 Technical Course Requirements56
PSYC& 200Lifespan Psychology5
PSYC& 220Abnormal Psychology5
HS 255Internship III3
HSCD 134Introduction to Addictions5
HSCD 150The Neuro-Pharmacology of Addiction5
HSCD 155Chemical Dependency Counseling I: Individuals & Groups5
HSCD 180Addictions Treatment: Ethics & the Law5
HSCD 215Case Management & Record-Keeping for the Chemical Dependency Professional5
HSCD 227Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation3
HSCD 229Suicide Prevention for the Chemical Dependency Professional1
HSCD 235Chemical Dependency Practicum3
HSCD 249Chemical Dependency Counseling II: Adolescents & Families5
HSCD 251Relapse Prevention3
Computer Literacy Requirements3
Human Services AAS-T General Education Requirements33
 Total Credits145

Lifespan Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 200
Total Credits
5

Introduces the milestones of human development from conception to death. It describes the physical, cognitive, and social growth of people, with special attention to various cultural contexts of development and the rich diversity of individuals. The content is drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. Students are expected to integrate their personal experiences, knowledge of psychology, and their observations of human development with the content of this course. Implications for parenting, education, and social policymaking will be discussed so that students may apply course information to meaningful problems. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100.
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Abnormal Psychology

Item #
PSYC& 220
Total Credits
5

A study of the development and symptoms of mental health disorders. Topics covered include schizophrenia, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, personality disorders, psychosomatic disorders, sexual deviation, organic disorders, and the process of adjustment to stress. Attention is given to biosocial, cognitive and cultural factors and their role in mental health. 

Prerequisites
Successful completion of PSYC& 100 or equivalent.
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Internship III

Item #
HS 255
Total 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.
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Introduction to Addictions

Item #
HSCD 134
Total 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.
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The Neuro-Pharmacology of Addiction

Item #
HSCD 150
Total 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.
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Chemical Dependency Counseling I: Individuals & Groups

Item #
HSCD 155
Total 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.
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Addictions Treatment: Ethics & the Law

Item #
HSCD 180
Total 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.
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Case Management & Record-Keeping for the Chemical Dependency Professional

Item #
HSCD 215
Total 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.
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Chemical Dependency Assessment & Evaluation

Item #
HSCD 227
Total 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.
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Suicide Prevention for the Chemical Dependency Professional

Item #
HSCD 229
Total 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.
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Chemical Dependency Practicum

Item #
HSCD 235
Total 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.
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Chemical Dependency Counseling II: Adolescents & Families

Item #
HSCD 249
Total 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.
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Relapse Prevention

Item #
HSCD 251
Total 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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Computer Literacy Requirements

Total Credits
3
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Human Services AAS-T General Education Requirements

Total Credits
33
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This page was last updated on April 20, 2018.