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Health & Human Services Courses

The Health and Human Services Department strongly recommends that students complete the following courses prior to entry into this program:

ENGL-001A Composition and Reading

or

ESL, Level 4

Plus, one of the following:

BOT-210A Keyboard Skills through Word Processing

BOT-221A Word/Information Processing: Beginning Applications (Microsoft Applications TM)

CIS-110 Fundamental Computer Literacy

HHS-099 Occupational Work Experience

1-4 Units: 60-300 hours of work experience, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is for students who have declared Health & Human Services as a major, have taken classes in the major, and are employed, participating in an internship or volunteering within the community health service field. Students will develop marketable skills in preparation for employment or advancement within their current job. To participate in the HHS-099 course, students must complete the required forms and attend a mandatory orientation meeting. Students, with employer/supervisor and instructor approval, will develop and successfully complete a learning objective for each unit of credit enrolled. Additionally, student must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours for each unit of credit earned.

HHS-100 Topics in Health and Human Services

.5-4 Units: 9-72 hours of lecture and/or 27-216 hours of laboratory, per term, SC, DG

This course covers topics in health and human services. Topics will be chosen to supplement and serve as additions to current offerings in the area, and will be announced each term in the current schedule of classes.

HHS-114 Introduction to Health Professions

1 Unit: 18 hours of lecture, per term, P/NP, DG

This course offers the student an opportunity to survey health professions, and is designed to provide a foundation for making career decisions within the health care industry.

HHS-115 Personal Development for Life and Work

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course offers students a framework for personal development that can lead to maximum success in life and work. Students focus on concepts and skills that can be utilized for physical, emotional and psychosocial development, health, and self-care which significantly affect the workplace experience and which can help prevent burnout. Topics include but are not limited to: time management, stress management, life-school-work balance, effective communication, critical thinking, conflict resolution, self-exploration, emotional intelligence, and interpersonal skills.

HHS-121 SPIRIT I – Intensive Rehabilitation and
Recovery Training for Mental Health Providers

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This is an intensive rehabilitation and recovery training for students intending to work in the field of mental health. The course focuses on moving beyond the medical model of mental illness to a model that focuses on wellness and recovery. It emphasizes the development of personal recovery skills as well as work skills used by effective mental health providers. SPIRIT I is the first of three courses that lead to a Certificate of Accomplishment in Peer Support.

HHS-122 SPIRIT II – Intensive Rehabilitation and
Recovery Training for Mental Health Providers

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: HHS-121

This is an intensive rehabilitation and recovery training for students intending to work in the field of mental health. The course focuses on moving beyond the medical model of mental illness to a model that focuses on wellness and recovery. It emphasizes the development of personal recovery skills as well as work skills used by effective mental health providers. SPIRIT II is the second of three courses that lead to a Certificate of Accomplishment in Peer Support.

HHS-123 SPIRIT III – Field Work in Rehabilitation
and Recovery

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Prerequisite: HHS-122

This is an intensive rehabilitation and recovery training for students intending to work in the field of mental health. The course focuses on moving beyond the medical model of mental illness to a model that focuses on wellness and recovery. It emphasizes the development of personal recovery skills as well as work skills used by effective mental health providers. SPIRIT III is the third of three courses that lead to a Certificate of Accomplishment in Peer Support.

HHS-212 Cultural Aspects of Health Care

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG

This course studies the following topics: cultural attitudes toward nutrition; physical and mental health as they influence health care; cultural theories of disease and treatment; special health problems of cultural groups. The course improves communication between the health professional, the patient, and the community.

HHS-219 Introduction to Human Services

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course is an introduction to the field of human services. The course will examine the contemporary and historical nature of human service, and the agencies which provide the delivery of social and human services to the populations in need.

HHS-220 Group Processes for Helping Professions

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course is an introduction to the theory and dynamics of group interaction including psycho-educational support and therapeutic context. The various stages and processes of group development are studied using both a conceptual and experimental approach. The course is intended to assist persons who will function as leaders in a variety of small group situations.

HHS-221 Pharmacology and Medical Aspects of Alcohol and Drug Studies

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course provides an in-depth look at the physiological effects and medical consequences of alcohol and other drugs. The course also includes how drugs are metabolized, their effects on body systems and behavior, the addictive process, and current research. Medical consequences, including Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and teratogenic effects of other drugs, effects on sexuality, gender differences, and nutritional aspects also will be addressed.

HHS-222 Multicultural Issues in Human Services

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course will examine cultural and historical foundations of alcohol and drug related issues and problems. It will include a diversity of issues such as race, gender, ethnicity, age and cultural identity as they relate to substance abuse.

HHS-223 Introduction to Case Management

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

This course will provide an introduction to case management concepts, assessment, and related financial concerns. Students will learn about linkage with community agencies, service monitoring, legal and ethical considerations of case management, consultation and referral strategies.

HHS-224 Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course will provide a holistic perspective to substance abuse prevention and treatment. Topics include alcoholism and drug abuse in the context of historical, socioeconomic and cultural trends and the effects on individual, family and societal dynamics. Theoretical models, existing community prevention and treatment services and alternative holistic approaches to prevention and treatment will be provided.

HHS-225 Ethics for Human Services Professionals

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is a survey of the ethical, legal, and professional issues facing the human services worker. It is designed to teach a process of ethical decision-making and to increase awareness of the complexities in practice.

HHS-226 Introduction to Counseling Skills

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course will provide the student with an overview of basic counseling theories and practices used in addiction counseling. We will examine several addiction counseling approaches to provide the student with the skills needed to work with individuals in various treatment settings.

HHS-227 Introduction to Dual Diagnosis

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course will provide an introduction to the treatment needs of individuals who have a psychiatric disorder in combination with an alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorder.

HHS-228 Introduction to Psychosocial Rehabilitation

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is an overview of the field of psychosocial rehabilitation for students intending to work in the field of mental health; and, current mental health and social service employees wishing to upgrade their understanding of current rehabilitation and recovery practices. The course focuses on the core program components; methods and strategies used to assist people in their recovery from a mental illness. Introduction to Psychosocial Rehabilitation is one of four courses that lead to a Certificate of Accomplishment in Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

HHS-229 Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery

3 Units: 54 hours of lecture, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course is a recovery-focused overview of the experience of mental illness for students intending to work in the field of mental health. It also provides an opportunity for current mental health and social service employees wishing to upgrade their understanding of mental illness from a recovery perspective. The recovery approach establishes the expectation for the full recovery and reintegration of all persons with mental illness into meaningful roles in the community. The course reviews the major mental health diagnostic criteria from a rehabilitation and recovery frame of reference, identifying key symptoms and challenges as well as hopeful directions in treatment. Psychosocial Rehabilitation and Recovery is one of four courses that lead to a Certificate of Accomplishment in Psychosocial Rehabilitation.

HHS-230 Dual Diagnosis Clinical Experience

5 Units: 45 hours of laboratory and 225 hours of laboratory by arrangement, per term, SC, DG, CSU

This course will provide practical experience under supervision in a dual diagnosis mental health clinic or in a drug treatment center. The student will gain experience in the intake process, diagnosis, counseling and treatment planning as part of a team providing services to dual diagnosed clients.

HHS-234 Emotional Intelligence

2 Units: 36 hours of lecture, per term, LR, DG, CSU

Advisory: Taking HHS-115 or MEDIC-223 is recommended

This course is designed to help students increase their understanding of emotional intelligence. Emphasis will be on improving the ability to understand, employ, manage, and transform emotions for greater academic, personal, and/or professional success. Instruction of a seven-step process for problem-focused coping and dealing with emotionally-charged issues will be given for personal and professional applications.

HHS-298 Independent Study

.2-4 Units: 3.6-72 hours of independent study, per term, SC, DG

Prerequisite: Educational contract of study signed by an instructor, department chair and vice president. Topics must extend beyond regular course offerings.

This course is designed for selected students to pursue independent study in health and human services under the direction of an instructor.