Human Services



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Located in SSC 212


You are cordially invited to celebrate the graduation of our Saddleback College Human Services graduates. The event will include graduation and a small reception. For those who cannot attend the event in person, we will live stream the event at

Limited Space Available
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Behavioral Health Professionals

Click Here to View Pathway to Alcohol & Drug Counselor Certification Announcement

Click Here to View Course Roadmap

Behavioral Health Professionals - Submit HRSA Grant Application

Saddleback Human Services Students

Click Here to View HRSA Grant Announcement

Human Services Students -  Submit HRSA Grant Application

*“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

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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Kim Branch-Stewart, LCSW View staff profile. Kim Branch-Stewart, LCSW
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Duane Durst, LMFT View staff profile. Rich Goodman, MS
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Rich Goodman, MS View staff profile. Rich Goodman, MS
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Geoff Henderson, MS View staff profile. Rich Goodman, MS
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Joe Salcido, BA View staff profile. Joe Salcido, BA
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Ken Schmaling, MS View staff profile. Ken Schmaling, MS
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James Wainwright, LMFT View staff profile. Rich Goodman, MS
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Martine Wehr, JD View staff profile. Martine Wehr, JD
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Lois Zsarnay, LMFT, CEDS, BCPC, RD View staff profile. Rich Goodman, MS
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