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Human Services: Advocacy Certificate Counseling Total Units: 37.5
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Term Effective: Spring 2007


The Human Services Advocacy Career Certificate 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.

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program, can view the recommended course sequence. For students interested in an Associate degree, a Human Services: Advocacy major is available. More information about the Human Services program can be found at the Human Services website.

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 Requirements:

The requirements for the Human Services: Advocacy Certificate program are:

  • Complete 37.5 units from
    • Human Services Core Requirements
    • Advocacy Emphasis Requirements

Human Services Core Requirements - complete 28.50 units
COUN 74 Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
COUN 89 Ethical Issues in Human Services1.50
COUN 90 Introduction to Human Services3.00
COUN 91 Skills and Techniques in Human Services3.00
COUN 92 Introduction to Group Counseling3.00
COUN 93 Introduction to Case Management3.00
HLE 95 Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COUN 99I Occupational Work Experience Human Services Internship3.00
WEOC 99I Occupational Work Experience Internship3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1A General Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5 Abnormal Psychology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 4 Child Growth & Development3.00
CHLD 10 Developmental Stages of Childhood3.00
Advocacy Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
COUN 95 Advocate Training3.00
SOC 61 Aging & Society3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
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
ASL 5 History and Culture of Deaf People in America3.00
CHLD 53 The Child with Special Needs in the Community3.00
CHLD 90.1 Child, Family, Community Interrelationships3.00
COUN 20 Sex and Gender3.00
HLC 160 Medical Terminology3.00
PSYCH 40 Psychological Perspectives on Gender3.00
SOC 2 Social Problems & Deviance3.00

Term Effective: Spring 2007

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.

Term Inactive: Spring 2008

Previous Versions:

Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 1981

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 COUN 99I in the final semester of taking the core requirements.

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