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Human Services: Advocacy Certificate Counseling Total Units: 43.5
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Term Effective: Fall 2009


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.

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 Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, 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.

Program Requirements:

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

  • Complete 43.5 units from
    • Human Services Core Requirements
    • Advocacy Emphasis Requirements

Human Services Core Requirements - complete 34.50 units
COUN 74Identity and Cultural Diversity3.00
COUN 87Ethical Issues in Human Services1.50
COUN 90Introduction to Human Services3.00
COUN 91Skills and Techniques in Human Services3.00
COUN 92Introduction to Group Counseling3.00
COUN 93Introduction to Case Management3.00
COUN 94Introduction to Crisis Counseling3.00
COUN 96Disability and Society3.00
HLE 95Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Studies3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
COUN 99IOccupational Work Experience Human Services Internship0.50-8.00
WEOC 99IOccupational Work Experience Internship0.50-8.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
PSYCH 1AGeneral Psychology3.00
PSYCH 5Abnormal Psychology3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
CHLD 10Developmental Stages of Childhood3.00
PSYCH 4Child and Adolescent Psychology3.00
PSYCH 56Aging, Dying and Death3.00
Advocacy Emphasis Requirements - complete 9.00 units
COUN 95Advocating for Social Change3.00
SOC 61Aging & Society3.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 3.00 units from the following:
AJ 53Juvenile Procedures3.00
AJ 56Crime and Criminal Justice in Society3.00
AJ 71Correctional Interviewing & Counseling3.00
ASL 1Elementary American Sign Language - Part I4.00
ASL 5History and Culture of Deaf People in America3.00
CHLD 53The Child with Special Needs in the Community3.00
CHLD 90.1Child, Family, Community Interrelationships3.00
COUN 20Sex and Gender3.00
HLC 160Medical Terminology3.00
PSYCH 40Psychological Perspectives on Gender3.00
SOC 2Modern Social Problems3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2009

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 2010

Previous Versions:

Human Services: Advocacy - effective Fall 2008
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Spring 2008
Human Services: Advocacy - effective Spring 2007
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. CHLD 10, PSYCH 4 and PSYCH 56 can only count once.

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