Human Services

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6th Annual Human Services Panel Presentation
August 31st
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Location: HS 145


Pathway to Alcohol and Drug Counselor Certification
for Behavioral Health Professionals


Saddleback College is pleased to announce the start of an accelerated pathway for behavioral health professionals to become certified alcohol and drug counselors.

Through this unique opportunity offered by Saddleback’s Human Services Program, behavioral health professionals with the appropriate educational background will, in just over 6 months, be able to complete the required coursework to qualify to take the Counselor Certification exam.

Support for tuition and other fees is currently available via funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA).*

Eligibility for this funding requires a Spring 2017 start.

Unique to this pathway is the inclusion of focused content and field experience related to working with at risk children, adolescents, transitional age youth (TAY) and families of that population in an alcohol and drug treatment setting.
Courses include:

  • Substance Abuse, Intervention, Treatment & Recovery
  • Family Dynamics of Abuse & Addiction
  • Physiological Effects & Pharmacology of Alcohol & Drugs
  • Substance Abuse Treatment in Children & Adolescents
  • Co-occurring Disorders
  • Field Instruction and Seminar

For information contact:
Kim Branch-Stewart, Human Services Chair
Contact Form

*“This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under Grant No. G02HP30574, Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals. Award amount: $211.271.00. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsement be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.”


About the Human Services Programs

The Human Services program offers four areas of study for people looking for a career in the helping professions. The curricula meets the needs of career-oriented students seeking a certificate in Alcohol & Drug Studies, Community-Based Corrections, Human Services Generalist, or Mental Health Worker. In addition, students may continue on and complete an Associates of Science degree in one of these four educational areas. Our programs serve as an introduction to social work, social welfare, criminal justice, counseling, mental health, alcohol & drug counseling, and other helping professions for students planning advanced degrees in these fields. Coursework includes participation in internships or Cooperative Work Experience at various facilities. We also offer an Occupational Skills Award in Eating Disorders. This skills award may be obtained on it's own or in addition to any of our certificate programs. See Schedule of Classes for Human Services courses

Click on the links below to visit our individual certificate programs:

Human Services Certificate Options

Alcohol and Drug Studies Certificate Program

  • Integrates theory and practical experience in developing skills necessary to work with the alcohol and drug abuse population, as well as with families and employers of chemically dependent persons. This program option combines the Human Services behavioral core, skills training, and experiential learning in the field work settings.
  • Alcohol & Drug Studies Roadmap
  • Alcohol & Drug Studies Brochure

Community-Based Corrections Certificate Program

  • Provides students with an introduction to the Human Services behavioral core and skills with a specialized area of study in areas of various community-based corrections. Students completing the program may find employment in probation, juvenile counseling settings, California Youth Authority, and half-way houses.
  • Community-Based Corrections Roadmap

Human Services Generalist Certificate Program

  • Designed to provide students with both a historical and a current perspective of the basic issues within the human services field. It will introduce students to the growing career options within the field, provide an opportunity to explore several of the program options, and generally provide the kind of information that will enable students to make informed decisions in regard to career directions.For many students this certificate is their gateway into the Social Work profession.
  • Human Services Generalist Roadmap

Mental Health Worker Certificate Program

  • This program helps students learn cultural competency skills needed for clients and family members to enter the public mental health labor force. It will introduce students to benefits acquisitions, the recovery model, co-occurring disorders and integrated services, early identification of mental illness and evidence-based practices.
  • Mental Health Worker Roadmap



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Peggy Dakin, BA View staff profile. Peggy Dakin, BA
HSHS Program Specialist
Human Services
(949) 582-4731


Kim Branch-Stewart, LCSW View staff profile. Kim Branch-Stewart, LCSW
Department Chair
(949) 582-4708

Sean Osborn, MSW View staff profile. Sean Osborn, MSW
Assistant Professor
(949) 582-4235

Sue Donelson , MPH View staff profile. Sue Donelson , MPH
Associate Faculty

Rich Goodman, MS View staff profile. Rich Goodman, MS
Associate Faculty

Joe Salcido, BA View staff profile. Joe Salcido, BA
Associate Faculty

Ken Schmaling, MS View staff profile. Ken Schmaling, MS
Associate Faculty

Lori Phelps, Psy.D., CATC  V View staff profile. Lori Phelps, Psy.D., CATC  V
Associate Faculty

Martine Wehr, JD View staff profile. Martine Wehr, JD
Associate Faculty