Human Services

Division: Social Sciences
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Human Services is the study of applied social work, sociology and psychology.  It includes the study of legal and ethical issues, theories of practice and human behavior, history of social welfare and current policies. Students will acquire skills in critical thinking, case planning, crisis intervention, theory-based assessment, working knowledge of community resources and experience in a human services agency.

The most common employment opportunities are entry level jobs in Health and Human Services and a variety of non-profit agencies in the community in the area of crisis management, substance abuse, and eligibility and case management.

Transfer requirements in Human Services are available in the Counseling Department. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for specific transfer requirements.

Contact Information

Social Sciences Division Chair

Alicia Crumpler | (559) 737-4816 | aliciacr@cos.edu
Kern: 728F | Visalia Campus

Dean of Business, Social Science, and Consumer Family Studies

Jesse Wilcoxon | jessew@cos.edu
Kern: 716 | Visalia Campus

HSRV 101 Group Design and Leadership 4 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
This class focuses on research-based design, leadership and evaluation for a variety of support, treatment and therapeutic groups.
Prerequisites: HSRV 121 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL-251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures
HSRV 102 Drug and Alcohol Treatment 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course is designed to develop the basic skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of alcohol and other drug treatment programs.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with “C” or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures
HSRV 103 Gerontology 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Introduction to the study of aging including psychological, sociological, cultural and ethical issues. This course also focuses on strength-based assessment, prevention and interventions to assist clients and family members understand and cope with the aging process.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 001 as determined by COS Placement Procedures
HSRV 104 Issues in Family Violence 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This is an introduction class to family violence that examines the causes, interventions, and prevention of various types of family violence. This includes child abuse, domestic violence, elder abuse, and dependent adult abuse. The course also covers the application of the bio-psycho-social model to understanding and interventions with the family system.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 001 as determined by COS Placement Procedures
HSRV 105 Case Management 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Training students to be part of a multidisciplinary team of professionals/paraprofessionals assisting vulnerable clients navigate and understand the complex human service systems. The course will focus on various populations such as the elderly, individuals with mental health or drug and alcohol issues, the homeless, individuals with co-occurring disorders, individuals/families in the child welfare system, and individuals with intellectual developmental disorders.
Prerequisites: HSRV 121 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
HSRV 110 Ethics in Behavioral Science 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
Focus on legal and ethical issues that arise in the provision of services to community from a variety of the helping professions. Understanding and applying ethical principles in the area of service provision.
HSRV 120 Intro to Social Welfare 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course is a survey of the social, economic, political, historical and philosophical development of social welfare systems in the United States. The course reviews and evaluates major assistance programs in the United States and California, as well as the political ideologies that impact policy development.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better
HSRV 121 Interviewing 4 unit(s)
Hours: 4 Lecture/Discussion
Methods and techniques of interviewing for social workers. Students will learn how to obtain appropriate client and social information by being sensitive and objective with respect to needs. Students will identify and describe problems in interviewing children, the disabled and the aged.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with "C" or better or eligibility for ENGL 1 determined by COS Placement Procedures
HSRV 122 Intro of Human Services 3 unit(s)
Hours: 3 Lecture/Discussion
This course is a review of the various social issues that impact the welfare of individuals and society as a whole, as well as the social work strategies to provide remedial services. The course covers basic theories and practical interventions pertaining to the society, the family and the individual, as they are used in the field of social work.
Advisory on Recommended Preparation: ENGL 251 or equivalent college course with a grade of "C" or better, or eligibility for ENGL 1 as determined by COS Placement Procedures.

Human Services

Swisegood, Gailerd
B.A., California State University, Stanislaus
M.A., California State University, Fresno