The Human Services (HS) Generalist Certificate of Achievement is a Career Technical Education program designed to provide historical and current perspectives of the basic issues within the human services field. It is an introduction to the growing career options within the helping professions field including, but not limited to, social work, psychology, sociology, anthropology, community-based corrections, and more. This program provides an opportunity to explore and work with diverse populations including children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. The HS Generalist program will enable students to make informed decisions about career directions and will prepare students for an array of careers in the behavioral health and the helping professions. This program option combines the Human Services behavioral core skills training and supervised experiential learning in beginning and advanced practicums in diverse Human Services Generalist fieldwork settings. The HS Generalist program serves as a natural gateway to the Social Work profession and other behavioral health career options. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to help individuals, groups, communities, and organizations function at optimal levels.
Completion of the five (5) Human Services Core Courses are prerequisites for the application to the HS 110 Fieldwork and Seminar I (Beginning Practicum) and is required for the completion of the Human Services Generalist Program. Visit the Human Services website at https://www.saddleback.edu/hs/human-services for the HS Generalist Roadmap chart. Fieldwork and Seminar Information Sessions are scheduled in the fall and spring semesters to inform students of the application process. Check the Human Services website or Facebook page for the dates and times.
The application process is competitive and completion of an application does not guarantee acceptance into the HS 110 Fieldwork & Seminar I (Beginning Practicum) course. A minimum grade of “C” in all courses is required to receive the certificate. Students who successfully complete the HS 110 Fieldwork & Seminar I (Beginning Practicum) course may self-enroll in the HS 150 Fieldwork & Seminar II (Advanced Practicum) course.
Potential Careers: Case Worker, Residential Manager/Monitor, Juvenile Court Liaison, Home Health Aide, Crisis Intervention Counselor, Community Organizer, Advocate, Community Action Worker, Gerontology Aide, Group Home Worker, and much more.