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The Human Services Certificate (C1_HSC1) is offered at LSC-Montgomery. 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

Subject Number Title Credits
SCWK 1321 Orientation to Social Services 3
DAAC 1319 Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders 3
DAAC 1311 Counseling Theories 3
DAAC 1417 Basic Counseling Skills 4
CMSW 1353 Family Intervention Strategies 3

TOTAL First Semester Credits:


Second Semester Credits

Subject Number Title Credits
CMSW 1341 Behavior Modification w/Cognitive Disorder 3
DAAC 2354 Dynamics of Group Counseling 3
SCWK 2331 Abnormal Behavior 3
Elective1   Technical 3
DAAC2 2360 Clinical - Alcohol/Drug Counseling OR 3
SCWK2 2386 Internship - Social Work  

TOTAL Second Semester Credits:



Total Credits

TOTAL Credits for Human Services Certificate:



  1. Elective to be chosen from CMSW, DAAC, GERS or SCWK
  2. Capstone Course