The Human Services Programs provide the knowledge and skills necessary for entry level
employment positions in the social service, mental health, addiction treatment, substance
use prevention, and related fields, as well as opportunities for upgrading the skills
and knowledge of individuals already employed in these fields. Program graduates work
in a number of varied settings including drug and alcohol treatment and prevention,
family services, parent education, social service eligibility workers, youth shelters,
community health care, juvenile corrections, and case management services, to name
a few. The human services field is rated among the top twenty growing job opportunities
both in California and in the nation.
The course of study for the degrees and certificates offered by the Human Services
programs includes a broad range of specialized vocationally-oriented, university-transferrable
academic courses. The curriculum provides academic knowledge about personal and social
problems, helping skills, human service careers, agencies and organizations that provide
helping services, and standards of professional conduct. In addition, students apply
the knowledge they acquire in the classroom in real-life helping situations and settings
during their one-semester field internships in human service agencies (120-250 hours).
Our instructors are experienced professionals in the fields of human services, mental
health, and addiction treatment and prevention, such as clinical psychologists, license
clinical social workers, marriage and family therapists, pharmacists, and others.
Students are expected to grow both personally and professionally as a result of their
classroom experiences. Allan Hancock College offers a wide variety of student support
services including placement testing and advisement, financial aid, personal and academic
counseling, peer tutoring, career planning, and job placement.
Allan Hancock College offers a wide variety of student support services including
placement testing and advisement, learning assistance, financial aid, personal and
academic counseling, peer tutoring, career planning, and job placement.
Applied Behavioral Sciences Department, Building H
Patti Bonner, Department secretary
Phone: 805. 922.6966 ext. 3401
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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