Human Services AAS: Substance Abuse Counseling Track

The Human Services AAS degree offered at LSC-Montgomery and has two tracks: General Human Services Track (AAS_HSGN) and Substance Abuse Counseling Track (AAS_HSSA). For more information, please contact the Human Services Department.

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Program Description

The human services program provides the skills and competencies required for a variety of positions in the helping professions field. Human service professionals work with those experiencing a wide range of issues, struggles or problems, including those with developmental disabilities, individuals with mental health problems or disorders, people with substance abuse problems, clients with work- or educational related issues, or those needing assistance with basic life need issues such as housing, food, and clothing. Human service professionals work with children, adults, groups, families and the elderly.

Human service professionals are motivated by helping others. Effective professionals are patient, have empathy and compassion for others, and enjoy giving of themselves and working with others.

Human service professionals should also be able to manage their time well and possess effective communication skills. Because of the nature of the work in this field, professionals should be mature, stable and dependable.

Students with a degree in human services often work in any number of capacities and jobs, including case managers or case workers, counselors, advocates, and prevention or education specialists. Many graduates work one-on-one with clients in direct care positions, while others work behind the scenes or in administrative or management positions. Human service professionals work in government- or state-funded agencies, in non-profit agencies, in residential treatment programs and hospitals, and in private offices or agencies.

All course work required for licensing as a chemical dependency counselor, as well as the supervised practicum training, is provided. Students pursuing the associate's degree in human services may select from one of two concentrated areas of study: substance abuse counseling or general human services.

At some placement sites, students may be required to successfully pass a background check and drug screen.

The general education core will transfer to a variety of colleges and universities. Contact a counselor or faculty member at any of the colleges for specific information and to obtain the recommended sequencing of courses.

First Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1417 Basic Counseling Skills 4
DAAC 2341 Counsel Alcohol & Drug Addictions 3
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3
SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Services 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

16

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DAAC 1304 Pharmacology of Addiction 3
DAAC 1319 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
ENGL 1301 Composition and Rhetoric I 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1301 Principles of Sociology 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

15

Third Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
PHED 1164 Introduction to Physical Fitness & Sport OR 1
    Any One Credit Hour Physical Activity Course  
Elective1   Math/Natural Science Elective 3-4

TOTAL Third Semester Credits:

4-5

Second Year Credits

First Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
DAAC 1309 Assessment Alcohol/Drug Addictions 3
CMSW 1309 Problems of Children & Adolescents OR 3
CMSW 1341 Behavior Modification with Cognitive Disorder OR  
CMSW 1353 Family Intervention Strategies  
ITSC 1301 Introduction to Computers OR 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers  
GOVT 2305 Federal Government OR 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government  
SCWK 2331 Abnormal Behavior 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:

15

Second Semester Credits

Course Number Title Credits
Elective2   Academic 3
Elective2   Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3
Elective3   SPCH Elective 3
DAAC4 2360 Clinical - Alcohol/Drug Counseling 3

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:

12

 

Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Human Services AAS Degree 
(Substance Abuse Counseling Track):

62-63

  1. Students should consult their prospective senior institution's catalog for science, math, and speech requirements.
  2. Choose from the AAS core
  3. Choose from SPCH 1311, 1315, 1318 or 1321
  4. Capstone course