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Social & Human Services

Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS)

The Social and Human Services program is for students interested in careers in the helping professions. The interdisciplinary program focuses on a strengths-based approach to prevention and intervention. The curriculum includes theoretical knowledge and targeted, skills-based education. Students practice their skills in a community based setting through a required internship in the student’s selected specialization area. The program covers many facets of the human services profession from the history of the field to social policy to interviewing skills.

Graduates may find employment in non-profit and for-profit agencies in the fields of child welfare, chemical dependency, family support, case management, early childhood education, delivery of basic needs, aging, and other service provision areas.

Specialization options within the A.A.S. degree are Generalist, Chemical Dependency Specialist Certificate (details below) or the Child and Family Studies concentration.

A 2.0 GPA in all required technical specialty and related instruction courses is required for graduation. For information on entrance requirements and additional coursework, contact the division office.

Estimated Length of Completion

Degree Quarters Credits
Associate of Applied Science Degree (AAS) Full Time: 6
Part Time:
90.0

Program lengths are estimates, not guarantees. For the most current program information, please check with the program contact.

There are no entry requirements for this program

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to discuss specific career goals and recommended coursework.


Job tests this program will prepare you for:

  • Courses meet State of Washington Bureau of Alcohol and Substance Abuse requirements for chemical dependency certification. (Additional elective courses may be needed to meet state requirements. Consult with the division counselor for specific requirements.)

For current employment and wage estimates, please visit the following online resources and search for the relevant occupational term:

All costs are estimates and are not guarantees. For the most current program information, check with an adviser by calling 206.934.5391. There are additional costs for books and supplies. Each student is responsible for the purchase of certain supplies and required tools before the instruction begins.

Part Time

  • Resident Cost : $10,721.70
  • NonResident Cost : $12,153.60
  • International Student Cost : $27,622.80

Hours may vary based on specific program requirements.


Coursework

Eligibility for the following:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Basic operations with algebraic expressions; solving and graphing linear equations and inequalities; word problems; systems of equations.

MATH 84 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Provides an overview of the social and human services field from the perspective of the individual human services worker. Explores societal conditions, assumptions, and needs that impact delivery of services. Includes discussion of areas of knowledge, professional values, and skills. Examines the characteristics of the human services agency, including professional roles, career opportunities, and challenges.

SHS 100 5.0

Introduction to social welfare policy, social justice, and systems. Emphasis on social welfare policies, systems, and services designed to respond to social issues: public welfare, child welfare, mental health, chemical dependency, aging, poverty, health, disabilities, and corrections.

SHS 103 5.0

Intro to beginning-level interviewing and counseling skills in multicultural settings. Demonstration of human services values and knowledge of diverse populations' needs through counseling techniques: developing relationships; identifying problems, solutions, and goals; and evaluating progress.

SHS 106 5.0

Introduction to group work, including group processes, communication patterns, group and individual goal-setting, leadership, and decision-making. Includes group participation, role-playing, and simulations.

SHS 108 5.0

Credit range: 2 - 5
Total required credits for SHS 197: 3

Supervised community-based field experience in which students apply knowledge and develop skills by working in public and private agencies and organizations. Prereq: Permission

SHS 197 3.0

Credit range: 2 - 5
Total required credits for SHS 198: 3

Work experience in human services agencies, with individual and group supervision provided by agency professionals to share experiences and further develop work-related skills.

SHS 198 3.0

Credit range: 2 - 5
Total required credits for SHS 199: 4

Work experience in human services agencies, with individual and group supervision provided by agency professionals to share experiences and further develop work-related skills. Prereq: Permission.

SHS 199 4.0

Examines U.S. society and the diversity within it, as well as the effects of societal structures on clients. Topics include an overview of general principles of cultural diversity and cross-cultural services delivery to individuals from many diverse backgrounds.

SHS 210 3.0

Select 22 credits from the following classes:

Course Course ID Credits Availability

This course surveys the historical perspectives, cultural attitudes and stereotypes that create barriers to personal and collective empowerment for individuals with disabilities. The course covers the social-political aspects of the disability rights movement and examines laws governing civil rights of individuals with disabilities. Students explore the intersection of gender, class, race and the human body with emphasis on social justice and privilege. Prereq: Eligibility ENGL& 101 and Math 084.

SHS 120 3.0

Introduction to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to practice care navigation for the benefit of the client. Focus on human services and healthcare systems, social determinants of health, health literacy, chronic illness, risk and protective factors. The first of two courses leading to a certificate in care navigation.

SHS 121 5.0

Explores at an advanced level: healthcare communication strategies, health insurance systems, population health management, transitions of care, risk and protective factors in wellness promotion, preventive care, information technology in healthcare, and care plans.

SHS 122 5.0

Third in a three-course certificate in Care Coordination and Navigation. Focuses on client characteristics, rehabilitation systems, care transitions, technology trends in healthcare, preventive care, resource identification and mapping, chronic illness in the context of population management strategies, and advanced care planning. Prereq: Eligibility ENGL& 101, MATH 084 or equivalent and SHS 121 and 122 or instructor permission.

SHS 123 5.0

Explores navigation for populations with behavioral health needs. Overview of behavioral health systems, eligibility, and access issues are presented. Topics include: acute and chronic mental health diagnoses, health disparities, work with interdisciplinary teams, behavioral health resources, interventions, and referral, and integration of primary care, substance abuse treatment, and behavioral health. Prereq:ENGL& 101 and elig for MAT 084 or 087 or 091 or permission.

SHS 124 3.0

Explores the role of the care coordinator and navigator with older adults. Presents theories of aging. Focuses on individual and family centered coordination, communication and health literacy specific to older adults, chronic diseases and preventive care, working with an interdisciplinary team, care transitions, resource and referral and end of life issues.

SHS 125 3.0

Includes history, trends, transmission, infection control, testing, counseling, BRI, and psychosocial issues. Meets requirements for human services and chemical dependency professionals. Approved by the WA State Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse.

SHS 150 1.0

Intro to crisis intervention and trauma-informed care techniques for the beginning mental health/human services professional. Students will develop assessment techniques and interviewing skills with populations experiencing mental health concerns, physical health concerns, substance abuse, sexual assault, intimate partner and domestic violence, bereavement, suicide, and other crises.

SHS 205 5.0

Explores both the grief and loss experiences in the context of the helping professions. Analyzes models and types of grief and loss. Researches resources and interventions for clients in the social and human services. Examines transitions, situations, and circumstances that result in grief and loss, as well as cultural responses to them.

SHS 209 5.0

Overview of prevention, assessment and treatment, and recovery and relapse issues of addiction amongst adolescents. Also explores public policies regarding young adults with addiction.

SHS 215 3.0

Intro to understanding and responding effectively to conflict situations. Assess real life conflict cases and design corresponding intervention strategies through video and case studies. Complete a conflict style inventory and practice conflict communication skills. Prereq: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and MATH 084.

SHS 222 3.0

Overview of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) cultures and issues in relation to social and human services. Covers theory, research, and practices associated with LGBTQ multicultural competence, as well as the intersections of LGBTQ cultures and race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexuality, and social class. Prereq: ENGL 101 with a 2.0 or higher; and, eligibility for Math 084, Math 087, or Math 091.

SHS 223 3.0

Defines behavioral and chemical characteristics of relapse and what relapse prevention involves. Focuses on relapse prevention categories, requirements of clients for a relapse prevention program, characteristics that have an impact on relapse, antecedents to relapse and some of the dysfunctional thinking patterns. Covers clinical and practical techniques and skills in an experiential environment.

SHS 225 1.0

This class provides an introduction to suicide assessment and prevention. Students will be introduced to topics such as signs and symptoms of suicidal/self-harm behavior, facts and myths about suicidal behavior, conducting an assessment interview, risk factors and protective factors, the treatment of suicidal individuals, the contagion effect, and self-care for those working with suicidal/self-harm individuals.

SHS 230 3.0

Studies pharmacological addictions of alcohol and other drugs. Explores the physiological and psychological effects of drugs, clinical signs, symptoms, and behaviors associated with addiction, effects of drug and alcohol use on the nervous system, drug classifications and medication assisted treatment (MAT). Prereq: SHS 235 with 2.0 GPA; eligibility for ENGL&099, and Math 087 or 091. Meets educational requirements for courses for Substance Use Professional included in WAC 246-811-030.

SHS 231 5.0

Explores adolescent and family addiction issues from developmental, clinical, social, cultural and treatment perspectives. Focus is on family theories and conceptual frameworks, the impact of addiction on adolescent and family development, assessment and diagnosis, the progression of addiction/disease for families and adolescents, implications for treatment, aftercare and relapse.

SHS 232 5.0

Introduction to addiction counseling. Evidence-based therapeutic methods such SBIRT, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Informed Care, Relapse Prevention and Seeking Safety will be investigated in the context of cultural diversity. Prerequisites: SHS 235 with 2.0; eligible for ENGL099; and MATH087 or MATH091. Meets educational requirements for courses relating to the substance use disorder professional included in WAC 246-811-030.

SHS 233 5.0

Introduction to misuse of and addiction to psychoactive drugs. Includes history, theories, current research, and treatment practices, and the nature of successful recovery as well as prevention concepts.

SHS 235 5.0

Provides an overview of mental health and community mental health systems. Covers major psychiatric disorders and their common symptoms, examines evidence-based practices in mental health treatment, and reviews mental health resources.ack, meditation, psychosomatic diseases and sPrerequisite: ENGL& 101 with a minimum grade of 2.0.

SHS 245 3.0

Covers the role of the advocate in a helping situation, use of community advocacy resources and effective use of the media, law, negotiation and political processes to achieve needed services for people. Prereq: Eligible for ENGL& 101 and MATH 084.

SHS 250 4.0

Overview of mental health and co-occurring disorders. Identification of referral processes, treatment options, barriers unique to this population, services available to the co-occurring disorder consumer in the context of culture, race and ethnicity

SHS 255 5.0

Explores the WA Administrative Codes, federal codes, and professional codes of ethics that apply to human services and substance use disorder professionals. Examines ethical theory, ethical decision-making, and ethical practice in a multicultural context. Meets educational requirements for courses for Substance Use Professional included in WAC 246-811-030.

SHS 270 5.0

Examines the roles of human services and substance use disorder professional case managers. Students explore all aspects of case management, including service coordination, screening, ASAM Criteria, assessment and treatment planning.

SHS 280 3.0

Maximum of 8 credits may be applied towards degree

Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.

SHS 296 1.0

Maximum of 8 credits may be applied towards degree

Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law and mental health.

SHS 297 2.0

Maximum of 8 credits may be applied towards degree

Receive credit for participation in approved human services professional workshops on topics such as, but not limited to, stress management, welfare rights, aging, alcoholism, family therapy, depression, law, and mental health.

SHS 298 5.0

Maximum of 8 Credits may be applied towards degree

Credit range: 1-5 credits
Total required Independent Study/Research credits for SHS 299: 1-5

Individual or group research projects on human service programs and problems. May include field or library research. Requires a learning contract.

SHS 299 5.0
Course Course ID Credits Availability

Introduces business productivity applications used for spreadsheets, word processing, database, and presentation software. Includes an overview of file management techniques, email, and operating systems.

BTM 111 5.0

Intro to communication as a transactional process, with attention to personal, cultural, group and public communication. Covers verbal and nonverbal messages, listening, self-concept and perception.

CMST& 101 5.0

English 101 is a college-level writing course that emphasizes academic writing and major strategies of reading and writing analytically. Writing assignments focus on engaging with and responding to a variety of texts. Instruction encourages students to develop, through revision and reflection, as readers, writers, and critical thinkers.

ENGL& 101 5.0

Continuation of the composition sequence with further instruction and practice in the writing process, concentrating on critical reading and writing techniques needed for the preparation and completion of documented essays.

ENGL& 102 5.0

Course Substitute : MATH 091 - Descriptive Statistics Algebra I

Basic concepts of algebra that form a foundation for Intermediate Algebra. Topics include evaluating expressions, properties of variables, solving basic linear equations and inequalities, graphing lines in slope-intercept form, interpreting slope and intercepts, solving systems of linear equations by graphing, basic rules of exponents, basic rules of roots, solving simple quadratic equations, and basic polynomial arithmetic.

MATH 87 5.0

Introduction to the scientific study of human behavior including research methods, brain and behavior, learning, cognitive psychology, development, personality, abnormal psychology, and social thinking and behavior. Additional topics may include: emotions, perception, motivation, intelligence, genes and evolution, and health.

PSYC& 100 5.0

Introduces students to the scientific study of society and to several sociological concepts, including socialization, stratification, research methods, social theory, group dynamics, social class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, media, family, deviance, and social and cultural change. Students learn how to connect research to concepts and use the sociological imagination, the relationship between self and society, to deepen their understanding of social life.

SOC& 101 5.0