The Human Services department offers the following programs of study for people who want to work with people. The curricula meet the needs of career-oriented students who wish career preparation at the Associate degree or vocational certificate levels. They will also serve as an introduction to social work, social welfare, criminal justice, counseling, mental health, and other helping professions for students planning advanced degrees in these fields. Coursework includes participation in internships and Cooperative Work Experiences at various facilities.
Saddleback College is an academic member of the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals (IAEDP). Saddleback College does not offer a certificate for the Eating Disorders Program, however, the course is certified by IAEDP.
The Human Services department offers the four programs listed below.
The Alcohol and Drug Studies 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.
The program in Community-Based Corrections provides the student 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.
The Human Services Generalist program is designed to provide persons 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.
The Human Service department has designed the Mental Health Worker program to educate students to understand 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.
FACULTY AND STAFF
HSHS Program Specialist
Kim Branch-Stewart, MSW
Martine Wehr, JD