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2018-19 Human Services Grad Guide (PDF)

Associate of Applied Science Degree
Major Code: 440701C
Courses for this Program

About the Program

The Human Services program is designed to provide pre-employment training and education for entry-level social service workers and substance abuse counselors through classroom studies and practical experience. They may be serving people in such areas as senior services, crisis counseling, corrections, health, recreation, developmental disabilities, residential treatment or chemical dependency. The agencies provide inpatient and outpatient programs. Students are prepared during the second year of the program to take the exam that provides Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) Level 1 certification. Some courses in this program may not transfer to other institutions. Students intending to transfer should seek advisor assistance to determine transferability.

Program Learning Outcomes

The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for Human Service programs are:

Apply principals of ethical decision making in the human services field and practice ethical behavior in relation to self and others within the helping relationship.

Establish rapport and a therapeutic alliance with clients through the demonstration of empathy, genuineness, congruence, and unconditional positive regard.

Promote personal growth in self and others by practicing positive living, optimism, self-examination and willingness to change.

Exhibit sensitivity and insight into the wide variety of problems in living experienced by individuals and groups in contemporary society.

Demonstrate clinical skills of screening, assessment, treatment planning, termination and referral.

Incorporate knowledge about the interrelated effects of addictions, poverty, mental and physical illness, and homelessness on family dynamics and intimate relationships in an integrated approach to addressing issues of family and intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect.

Demonstrate specific skills in active listening, motivational interviewing, group counseling, crisis intervention and management, and counseling chemically dependent, traumatized, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed clients, as well as those with co-occurring mental health and addictions diagnoses.

Function effectively as a member of a team in providing services, designing programs, and working collaboratively among agencies and organizations for the benefit of clients and the community.

Actively engage in continuing education, lifelong learning and pro-active self-care.Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Students are required to complete the Placement Process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading, and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill level as determined by the results of their placement assessment.  In addition, students may also be required to enroll in classes that would increase their employability and success.

Prospective students should be aware of entry requirements of human services agencies prior to considering human services as a career choice. Practicum placement may require passing a criminal history background check. The inability to pass this check may preclude completion of the program. Students in recovery seeking placement in substance abuse treatment programs may also be required to demonstrate two years’ sobriety. More information is available from the Human Services Department.

Human Services is a limited-entry program requiring completion of an application that includes a writing sample and personal references. For more information on how to apply, including application deadlines, visit the Human Services website at

Advanced Standing

Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college
policies and the Human Services Department chair’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is
current, social science courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate
department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student
must meet with a faculty member to determine placement.

Graduation Requirements

Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C” or better and passing the counseling skills competency requirement as demonstrated through a series of videotaped counseling interviews will receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no
pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C” or better grade. A total of 660 hours of documented practicum (20 credits) is required. A minimum of four practicum seminars must also be completed.

For more information contact the Human Services Department:

Grants Pass or Medford;  541-245-7504
Toll free in Oregon:  800-411-6508, Ext. 7504
Web address:
TTY: Oregon Telecom Relay Service, 711