Division: Social Sciences
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.
Degrees and certificates are available in Human Services. Transfer requirements in Human Services are available in the Counseling Department.
Human Services Faculty Contact
Gailerd Swisegood | firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Sciences Division Chair
Marla Prochnow | (559) 730-3723 | email@example.com
Catherine Medrano | (559) 730-3950 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean of Business, Social Science, and Consumer Family Studies
Jesse Wilcoxson, Ed.D. | (559) 737-6281 | email@example.com
Kern: 716 | Visalia Campus
For a complete list of courses and descriptions visit: COURSES
HSRV 012 Introduction to Social Work
An introductory overview of social welfare and the societal institutions in the U.S. that structure the provision of social services. The course presents a historical perspective on the development of U.S. social work and human services. Special attention is given to current service delivery systems, their policies and procedures, and the tasks of culturally responsive social workers and human service workers within those settings.
HSRV 101 Group Design and Leadership
This class focuses on research-based design, leadership and evaluation for a variety of support, treatment and therapeutic groups.
HSRV 102 Drug and Alcohol Treatment
This course is designed to develop the basic skills and knowledge needed to work in the field of alcohol and other drug treatment programs.
HSRV 103 Gerontology
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.
HSRV 104 Issues in Family Violence
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.
HSRV 105 Case Management
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.
HSRV 120 Introduction to Social Welfare
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.
HSRV 121 Interviewing
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.
HSRV 122 Introduction of Human Services
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.
B.A., California State University, Stanislaus
M.A., California State University, Fresno