Human Services: Advocacy Certificate Counseling Total Units: 34.5

Term Effective: Fall 2020

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 2019
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 2017
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 2012
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Spring 2011
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Spring 2010
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 2009
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 2008
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Spring 2008
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Spring 2007
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 1981


The Human Services Advocacy Certificate of Achievement program is an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the skills needed in human rights advocacy. In today's complex society, social service agencies are required to provide for the economic and emotional needs of those in difficulty. These agencies have a need for responsible individuals with some college background to provide various services. The Human Services Advocacy certificate program prepares students to work in a community setting at an entry level.

Employment options include working with non-profit agencies as well as local, state and federal agencies. Examples of these agencies are job training programs, residential settings and private social service agencies.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the human services field and its operational function in relation to client services; and
  2. examine and perform various human service roles within the profession incorporating counseling skills, ethical principles and sensitivity to diversity;
  3. demonstrate ability to use research tools to locate and evaluate information that can be applied to the human services field; and
  4. demonstrate an understanding of theoretical principles in the behavioral sciences to help address the needs of human services clients.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Human Services: Advocacy program are:

  • Complete 34.5 units from
    • Human Services: Advocacy Core Requirements
    • Advocacy Emphasis Requirements

Human Services: Advocacy Core Requirements - complete 25.50 units
AODS 90 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies3.00
COUN 7 Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
COUN 90 Introduction to Human Services3.00
COUN 91 Skills and Techniques in Human Services3.00
COUN 93 Introduction to Case Management3.00
HUSV 87 Ethical Issues in Human Services3.00
HUSV 88 Internship Practicum1.50
COUN 99I Occupational Work Experience Human Services Internship3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COUN 92 Introduction to Group Counseling3.00
HUSV 96 Co-Occurring Disorders3.00
Advocacy Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
COUN 95 Advocating for Social Change3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 6.00 units from the following:
AJ 25 Community Relations3.00
AJ 53 Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 56 Crime and Criminal Justice in Society3.00
AJ 71 Correctional Interviewing & Counseling3.00
ASL 1 Elementary American Sign Language - Part I4.00
CHLD 10 Child Growth and Development3.00
CHLD 53A Introduction to Children with Special Needs3.00
CHLD 90.1 Child, Family, Community Interrelationships3.00
COUN 20 Sex and Gender3.00
COUN 92 Introduction to Group Counseling3.00
HLC 160 Medical Terminology3.00
HUSV 96 Co-Occurring Disorders3.00
PHIL 7 Contemporary Moral Issues3.00
PSYCH 1A General Psychology3.00
PSYCH 3 Human Sexuality3.00
PSYCH 4 Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5 Abnormal Psychology3.00
PSYCH 7 Theories of Personality3.00
PSYCH 30 Social Psychology3.00
PSYCH 40 Introduction to Psychology of Gender3.00
PSYCH 56 Aging, Dying and Death3.00
RELS 2 World Religions3.00
SOC 2 Modern Social Problems3.00
SOC 30 Race and Ethnic Relations3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


It is strongly recommended that students complete COUN 91 and HUSV 99I in the final semester of taking the core requirements.

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