Human Services

Division: Social Sciences

Division Dean 

Dr. Lisa Gaetje


Virgil Adams, III
James Tapia
Gary Zager


Mymy Lam
Dr. Therese Mosqueda-Ponce
Daniel Pelletier

Human Services Certificate Programs

The Human Services Department includes certificate programs in Addiction Studies, Conflict Resolution, Criminal Justice, Family Studies, Gerontology, Human Services Generalist, and Victimology. Each specialization recommends a core of required courses including fieldwork experience, and 6 to 12 units of specialization courses. The curricula are designed so that students with interests in several areas can complete more than one certificate program in an effective and efficient manner. The California Association of Alcohol/Drug Educators approves the Addiction Studies Certificate program. The Conflict Resolution Certificate prepares students to assist in the resolution of conflict in various settings including home and work with an emphasis on human relations in business, management positions in treatment facilities, and issues in victimology and cross-cultural conflict. The Criminal Justice Certificate will prepare students to work with Human Services agencies that provide services to clients coming from the criminal justice system. The Family Studies Certificate offers the student the opportunity to examine today’s changing family needs, values and patterns as well as to form the foundation for a career in family studies professions. The Gerontology Certificate explores appropriate human service agencies, intervention strategies, and the adaptive and maladaptive behaviors of the normal aging process for the individual and their family. The Victimology Certificate examines the network of agencies available for victims and perpetrators as well as the variety of methods for dealing with this issue. The Human Services Generalist Certificate has training applicable in all Human Services areas.

Off-Campus Programs

Cypress’ Human Services Department provides flexible, off-campus courses and workshops to further meet the education and training needs of human services. Specially designed training is available to meet the needs of community leaders, professionals, paraprofessionals, volunteers, community groups and organizations. For further information, contact the Human Services Department.

Transfer Program — Human Services

The student in human services has the option of completing an Associate in Arts degree with a major in Human Services by completing the general education requirements in addition to the Certificate Program. The program is also designed for students who plan to continue with professional preparation at the university level in social work, human services, criminal justice, gerontology, counseling, and related social service fields.

Students should consult a counselor or for lower division major requirements for most California public universities. (See the Standard Definitions section of the catalog for a description of ASSIST.) Students transferring to an independent college/university should consult the catalog of the individual school and a counselor for lower division major requirements.

HUSR 084 C  Introduction to Behavior Modification 0.5 Units

Term hours: 9 lecture. This course is for individuals working in programs for developmentally disabled persons, as well as those interested in the field. It will cover basic information about behaviorally oriented work with such clients, including content on behavior modification, teaching methods and ways to encourage clients.

HUSR 200 C Introduction to Human Services 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course covers the history and philosophy of the human services; function and orientation of human services agencies and institutions; human services as careers; opportunities and qualifications at various entry levels of human services employment. (CSU, AA GE, CSU GE)

HUSR 210 C Introductory Fieldwork 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HUSR 200 C with a grade of C or better..

Term hours: 18 lecture and 126 laboratory. This course offers observation and participation in the operations of human services agencies. The student will document 126 hours of supervised field study per semester and will attend one hour lecture per week. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

HUSR 211 C Advanced Fieldwork 3 Units

Prerequisite(s): HUSR 210 C with a grade of C or better.

Term hours: 18 lecture and 125 laboratory. This course is the second of a two-semester sequence of volunteer or paid fieldwork experience. The student will apply values, concepts and skills of core human services courses to the actual process of helping people. Emphasis of this semester is on sharpening skills and knowledge gained in the introductory field experience. There is one hour of classroom experience per week. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

HUSR 215 C Introduction to Family Studies 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course involves intergenerational family studies and related career exploration to introduce Human Services students to family issues and to skills, theories, and competencies needed to empower families for reaching their goals. Various family issues, family/worker relationships, strength-based assessments, resource referral/utilization, community service coordination, and family and worker stress management are covered. (CSU)

HUSR 221 C  Crisis Intervention and Referral 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course introduces techniques for beginning crisis counseling, including recognition of crisis, assessment of crisis, and referral to the appropriate crisis agency. Special attention will be given to the process of intervention and to the recording of information regarding problems with alcohol and other drugs. Participants will implement a variety of crisis skills through an experiential format. (CSU)

HUSR 222 C Group Leadership-Group Process 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course examines membership and leadership in a variety of groups, with emphasis on the total group process. An overview of the various types of groups will be given as well as the values and limitations of groups, cautions and risks of groups and common misconceptions about groups. The student will be offered experience as a group member and a group leader. (CSU)

HUSR 223 C Helping Skills-Human Services 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course involves identification and application of specific helping skills in intrapersonal and interpersonal relations. It is designed for persons in helping roles, professional and paraprofessional, or volunteers in Human Services. (CSU)

HUSR 224 C Self-Esteem Strategies 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course is designed for those considering a career in management and staff development in Human Services Agencies, with special application to client after-care programs. Theory and technique are combined in this skills class to assist case managers and program directors with assessment and evaluation, individual recovery program development, educational process and materials, and utilization of resources and referral procedures. This course focuses on issues of self-esteem, concept formation, problem solving, time management, emotional intelligence, and decision making for client and/or staff development. (CSU)

HUSR 225 C Families and Substance Abuse 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course presents the dynamics of the family system as they are affected by addiction. Theories of healthy and unhealthy family interaction are explored and the experiential format provides the opportunity for skill development and practical experience. (CSU)

HUSR 226 C Behavior Modification 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course includes both theory and practice in behavior modification principles. It teaches skills such as observing and recording behavior, uses of reinforcement, extinction, punishment, etc. Self-management techniques to assist in control of one's own behavior will also be discussed. Topics have wide application in any course of study and will require dealing effectively with others, or with more effective management of oneself. (CSU)

HUSR 240 C  Drugs and Alcohol in Our Society 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This is an introductory course for individuals in any area of human services who desire to increase their knowledge regarding problems resulting from drug and/or alcohol abuse and addiction. This course will cover the basic casual theories of alcoholism, identification of signs and symptoms, dispel "myths" and provide information on past and current treatment modalities. Students will be introduced to the history of drug use in general; their misuse and abuse, including societal methods implemented for their regulation and control. (UC/CSU, C-ID: PHS 103)

HUSR 241 C Intervention Strategies 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will serve as an assessment and treatment approach to individuals having problems with alcohol and other drugs. Alcoholism will be studied in its social and clinical context. Attention will be given to basic theoretical approaches to the disease. Major emphasis will be on the philosophical and clinical approaches to treating the alcoholic and to promoting recovery. (CSU)

HUSR 242 C Drugs and Physiology 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course explores the effects of alcohol and other drugs on the body. It examines the physiology of alcohol in two areas: (1) physical effects of alcohol on the body, and (2) the physiological effects of the disease processes associated with heavy drinking. (CSU/C-ID: ADS 140 X)

HUSR 243 C Co-Occurring Disorders 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will introduce the student to the treatment needs of those who have a psychiatric disorder in combination with a chemical dependency disorder. Students learn to identify and assess those with a dual diagnostic/co-occurring disorder. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

HUSR 270 C Introduction to Victimology 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course responds to the emerging social concern regarding the cost of victimization to our society today. It provides education, information on existing resources, and direct participation in the creation and expansion of existing resources of treatment and recovery of victims and perpetrators. (CSU)

HUSR 271 C Society and Victimization 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will provide an understanding of the social problems of victimization with in-depth focus on both perpetrator and victim. Specific issues will be explored including their genesis and specific methods of identifying issues regarding self-help and support activities from a clinical approach. (CSU)

HUSR 275 C  Ethical Issues in Human Services 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course presents the rules and standards governing the professional conduct of those working in Human Services Agencies. Issues of client/patient rights, confidentiality, physical and emotional abuse, and counselor/client relationships will be explored in great depth. (CSU, C-ID: ADS 160 X)

HUSR 281 C Prevention Strategies 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will present the history, theories and current strategies for prevention of alcohol and drug problems and for reduction of harm caused by those with problems (harm reduction). Conceptual frameworks, major research, epidemiology, environmental risk factors and the effectiveness of various prevention strategies will be examined. (CSU)

HUSR 290 C  Human Services in Criminal Justice 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This experiential course will survey the historical, and philosophical aspects of criminal behavior and the functions and objectives of parole and probation. Students will examine the skill requirements, the major tasks and responsibilities, the role and function and the overall mission of the service provider in the criminal justice system. The judicial system and its relationship to the criminal offender will be examined as well as modern approaches in the control of crime. Resources for resocializing the offender will be explored. (CSU)

HUSR 291 C Counseling in Criminal Justice 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course explores current theory and practice in the counseling of those in state prison treatment programs. Topics include an overview of the California Department of Corrections, the inmate classification system, specialized inmate management topics, violence and violence management strategies, victim awareness issues, the processes of addiction and recovery, an overview of assessment instruments, an exploration of sociopathy, and group counseling dynamics. (CSU)

HUSR 293 C Conflict Resolution-Mediation 3 Units

Course hours 54 lecture. This course examines the background, development and methodology of non-violent, non-litigious conflict resolution with emphasis on theory and the practice of mediation. This is a state certified course designed to train individuals to be effective in resolving conflict in the family, the community, the classroom and the workplace. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

HUSR 294 C Careers in Criminal Justice 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will provide the student with the opportunity to explore, in-depth, the breadth and scope of career opportunities in the field of criminal justice. Specific careers will be explored through guest speakers, field trips, on-site observations and mentoring opportunities. Students will gather knowledge and gain an appreciation for the criminal justice field as a result of this course. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU)

HUSR 295 C Cross-Cultural Criminology 3 Units

Term hours: 54 lecture. This course will explore cross-cultural customs and traditions from a criminal justice perspective. Specific cultures that are represented in significant numbers within the United States will be explored. Students will gather knowledge and gain an appreciation for the cross-cultural aspects within the field of criminal justice. Pass/No Pass/Letter Grade Option. (CSU, CUL DIV)

HUSR 298 C Human Services Seminar 0.5-12 Units

Term hours: 0-12 lecture and 0-42 laboratory. This is a lecture/discussion type course developed on a particular limited problem or topic of interest to students. It is designed for students who wish to increase their knowledge of a particular topic that is offered in no other regular class. A paper or group activity may be assigned. Consult class schedule for the offerings in a particular semester. (CSU)

The courses taught by this department contribute to ISLO I - Associate Degree and/or CSU/IGETC Transfer Curriculum Competencies, including the following PSLOs: IA2-Social Sciences, IB1-Reading, IB2-Writing, IB3-Communicating, IB4-Presenting, IC1-Analysis, IC2-Computation, IC3-Research, IC4-Problem-solving, IC5-Technology, ID1-Personal Responsibility, and ID2-Global Citizenship.