About the Program
The Human Services program is designed to provide pre-employment training and education for entry-level social service workers and addictions counselors through classroom studies and practical experience. They may be serving people in such areas as senior services, crisis counseling, corrections, health, recreation, developmental disabilities, residential treatment or chemical dependency. The agencies provide inpatient and outpatient programs. Students are prepared during the program to take the exam that provides Certified Alcohol Drug Counselor (CADC) Level 1 certification.
Some courses in this program may not transfer to other institutions. Students intending to transfer should seek advisor assistance to determine transferability.
Program Learning Outcomes
The curriculum in RCC courses is derived from a set of identified learning outcomes that are relevant to the discipline. Program learning outcomes for the Human Services Associate of Applied Science are:
Apply principles of ethical decision making and practice ethical behavior in relation to self and others within the helping relationship.
Practice therapeutic alliance and establish rapport with clients.
Demonstrate clinical skills.
Demonstrate skills in active listening with co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.
Function effectively as a member of a team in providing services and working collaboratively among agencies and organizations.
Students are required to complete the college placement process to determine skill level and readiness in math, reading and writing. As part of their training program, students must begin with the courses within their skill levels as determined by the Placement Process.
Prospective students should be aware of entry requirements of human services agencies prior to considering human services as a career choice. Practicum placement may require passing a criminal history background check. The inability to pass this check may preclude completion of the program. Students in recovery seeking placement in substance abuse treatment programs may also be required to demonstrate two years’ sobriety. More information is available from the Human Services Department.
Human Services is a professional development program requiring attendance at an Information Session and completion of an online application. For more details on Information Sessions, visit the Human Services website at www.roguecc.edu/humanservices.
Coursework from accredited colleges and universities will be accepted in accordance with college policies and the Human Services Department Coordinator’s approval. In order to ensure that coursework is current, social science courses over 10 years old must be reviewed and approved by the appropriate department chair before being accepted toward core requirements. Each College Now credit student must meet with a faculty member to determine placement.
Students completing the required credits in this program with a grade of “C-” or better and passing the counseling skills competency requirement as demonstrated through a series of videotaped counseling interviews will receive their degrees. Certain required courses are graded on a pass/no pass basis only. A grade of “P” for these courses indicates a student earned the equivalent of a “C-” or better grade. A total of 528 hours of documented practicum (16 credits) is required. A minimum of three practicum seminars must also be completed.
This guide lays out an optimal path to graduate. Where zero credits are listed in the prerequisites, students may place into a higher level(s) based on designated placement. Note: some prerequisites may be required for graduation. Please consult an advisor with any program completion questions.