Family and Human Services

https://www.pcc.edu/programs/child-family-studies/

Career Program and Description

The Child and Family Studies department offers associate degrees and certificates in early childhood education and human services for those interested in working with children, families, individuals and communities.  Due to an increased focus on the importance of early learning and a rising demand for social services, national and statewide job growth and employment is projected to be much higher than average.

Family and Human Services

The Family and Human Services (HUS) program uses an interdisciplinary approach to prepare students for entry-level human service work including case management, home visiting, family service work/advocacy, social and human service support, and much more.  Family and human service professionals assist in providing services in a wide variety of fields such as psychology, rehabilitation, social services, and social work.  Human service graduates work in a diversity of environments, including Head Start, for-profit and non-profit social service agencies, programs for the aging, programs serving children, youth and families, and state and local governments.

The HUS coursework is designed to meet the needs of working students.  Coursework for the Foundation in Human Services Career Pathway Certificate and AAS degree can be completed through a combination of courses offered online, in the evening, and on Saturdays.

Portland Community College has a pathway agreement with Portland State University's School of Social Work.  Students who complete the AAS in Family and Human Services (HUS) may transfer up to 100% their degree credit toward the BS in Child, Youth, and Family Studies degree program.

Degrees and Certificates Offered

Associate of Applied Science

Family and Human Services

Less than One-Year: Career Pathway Certificate

Foundations in Human Services

Academic Prerequisites

  • Students should be prepared to enter WR 121 and MTH 20.  Many HUS courses, core interdisciplinary courses, and concentration area electives require both WR 121 and MTH 20 as prerequisites.  Students who do not meet these requirements may need extended time to complete the program.

Academic Requirements

  • Students earning the AAS degree in Family and Human Services must meet college graduation requirements including general education, math, and English competencies.
  • Students must take HUS 101 and HUS 102 within the first term of the program.
  • Students should take HUS 121 within the first or second term of the program.
  • Students are required to secure their own field placement sites.  Admittance to Field Experience is based on previously completed coursework, site availability, and department permission.  
  • In order to earn the AAS degree in Family and Human Services students must complete:
    • All HUS, PSY, ECE, SOC, GRN, AD, HEC, HE, CG, and CJA courses with a grade of "C" or "P" or better (as applicable).
    • All field experience courses and seminars.
  • Students must satisfy MTH 58/MTH 65 as a degree requirement.
  • In order to earn the Foundations in Human Services Less than One-Year Career Pathway Certificate  students must complete:
    • All HUS courses with a grade of "C" or "P" or better (as applicable).

Non-Academic Prerequisites

  • An initial advising/information session with a Child and Family Studies department advisor.

Non-Academic Requirements

  • Criminal Background Check
    • Field placement sites may require students to undergo a criminal background check prior to placement. Costs associated with this requirement are the sole responsibility of the student.
    • PCC does not have the authority to determine if a student's past or current criminal background will prohibit them from working in the human services field. It is the student's responsibility to review ORS 443.004 and the information regarding disqualifying crimes provided by the Oregon Department of Human Services, Aging and People with Developmental Disabilities programs; the Developmental Disabilities programs; the Oregon Health Authority, Addictions and Mental Health Division; and the Oregon Department of Education, Early Learning Division. 
  • Counseling
    • The field of human services is intense, dynamic, and emotionally challenging. Working in the field may bring up strong emotions as well as current, past, and unresolved psychological trauma. It is strongly recommended that students enrolled in the HUS program seek professional counseling while participating in the program. Free and confidential counseling services are available to all PCC students at no cost through PCC Counseling Services.
  • The Family and Human Services program is designed as a career pathway to accommodate full and part-time students.

Family and Human Services AAS Degree

Minimum 90 credits. Students must also meet Associate Degree Comprehensive Requirements and Associate of Applied Science Requirements. Students must complete a total of four courses of General Education. Some courses specified within the program may be used as General Education. In addition to required courses in the program of study, students must satisfy MTH 58/65 competency. Students should consult with program advisors for course planning.

Family and Human Services Degree Courses

AD 101Addiction3
AD 104Multicultural Counseling3
AD 160Basic Counseling4
ECE 124Multicultural Practices: Exploring Our Views3
GRN 234Introduction to Dementia Care & Practice4
HUS 101Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 102Mental Health First Aid: Adult1
HUS 121Family and Human Systems3
HUS 131Models and Systems of Human Service Delivery3
HUS 141Direct Service Methods3
HUS 151Introduction to Case Management3
HUS 221Issues and Trends in Human Services3
HUS 230AField Experience Seminar I: Family and Human Services2
HUS 230BField Experience Seminar II: Family and Human Services2
HUS 230CField Experience Seminar III: Family and Human Services2
HUS 241Planning and Evaluation in Human Services3
HUS 250Field Experience I: Family and Human Services3
HUS 260Field Experience II: Family and Human Services3
HUS 270Field Experience III: Family and Human Services3
PSY 201AIntroduction to Psychology - Part 1 *4
or PSY 202A Introduction to Psychology - Part 2
PSY 215Human Development4
PSY 239Introduction to Abnormal Psychology4
SOC 230Introduction to Gerontology *4
Any PE Course1
Concentration Area Electives 113
General Education: 2 courses
Total Credits90
*

Could be used as General Education.

1

Students are advised to focus on a single concentration area, but are permitted to select courses from any of the Concentration Area Electives.

Family and Human Services Concentration Area Electives

Choose 13 credits from any concentration area:
Gerontology
GRN 175The Aging Mind2
GRN 233Supporting End of Life4
GRN 240Care and Service Coordination3
GRN 245Introduction to Guardianship in Oregon1
GRN 247Applied Legal and Policy Issues in Aging2
Parenting Education and Family Life
HEC 140Introduction to Family Life Education3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
HEC 212Parent-Child Relations3
HEC 226Child Development *4
PSY 222Family & Intimate Relationships *4
Early Childhood Education
ECE 104Gender and Sexuality in Early Childhood1
ECE 120Introduction to Early Education and Family Studies3
ECE 121Observation and Guidance I3
ECE 175AInfant/Toddler Caregiving: Learning and Development1
ECE 175CInfant/Toddler Caregiving: Social/Emotional Growth1
ECE 189Building Relationships with Infants, Toddlers, and Families1
ECE 196Teaming and Communication in ECE Settings2
ECE 224Multicultural Practice: Curriculum & Implementation3
ECE 234Children with Special Needs in Early Childhood Education3
ECE 236Language and Literacy in Early Childhood Education3
HE 262Children's Health4
HUS 115Infant and Toddler Mental Health3
Addictions and Counseling
AD 102Drug Use and Addiction3
AD 105Aging & Addiction3
AD 107Addiction Recovery Mentor3
AD 110Substance Abuse Prevention3
Criminal Justice
CJA 100Professions in Criminal Justice3
CJA 101Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice Professions3
CJA 111Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Police3
CJA 112Introduction to Criminal Justice System - Courts3
CJA 113Introduction to the Criminal Justice System - Corrections3
CJA 114Introduction to Juvenile Process3
Human Services Generalist (any Concentration Area Elective will meet Human Service Generalist requirement)
CG 144Introduction to Assertiveness1
CG 145Stress Management2
CG 146Value Clarification1
CG 147Decision Making1
CG 191Exploring Identity and Diversity for College Success4
HUS 103Introduction to Home Visiting2
HUS 104Introduction to Trauma Informed Care1
HUS 105Introduction to Crisis Intervention1
HUS 106Mental Health First Aid: Youth1
HUS 107Mental Health First Aid: Older Adult1
Health and Wellness
HE 212Women's Health4
HE 213Men's Health4
HE 242Stress and Human Health4
HE 250Personal Health3
HE 251Community and Public Health4
HE 262Children's Health4
HE 264Food Systems and Public Health4
HE 295
PE 295
Health and Fitness for Life
and Health and Fitness for Life Lab
3
PE 130AAdapted Physical Education I1
PE 130BAdapted Physical Education II1
PE 130CAdapted Physical Education III1
PE 182GTai Chi II1
PE 182HIndividual Fitness1
PE 182STai Chi I1
PE 184MMeditation: Mind-Body Fitness I1
PE 182WPhysical Activity for Weight Control1
PE 184NPhysical Activity for Weight Control II1
PE 184QMeditation: Mind-Body Fitness II1
Yoga Teacher Certificate: Students must enroll in the Yoga Teacher Certificate program through Exercise Science for this concentration area.
FT 100Emergency Response for Fitness Professionals1
FT 120Foundations of Yoga Instruction3
FT 121Advanced Yoga Instruction3
FT 280YYoga Teacher Practicum1
HUS 102Mental Health First Aid: Adult1
PE 182KYoga I1
or PE 182I Power Yoga
or PE 182J Gentle Yoga
or PE 182L Yoga II
PE 283Professional Activities: Mind-Body Disciplines2
Child Welfare
AD 108Adolescence and Addiction3
HEC 201Family Partnerships in Education3
HEC 226Child Development4
HUS 106Mental Health First Aid: Youth1
HUS 110Introduction to Child Welfare3
HUS 115Infant and Toddler Mental Health3
HUS 251Case Management in Child Welfare3

Foundations in Human Services Career Pathway Certificate

Minimum 13 credits. Students must meet all certificate requirements. The Foundation in Human Services Certificate is a Career Pathway. All courses are contained in the Family and Human Services AAS degree.

Foundations in Human Services Certificate Courses

HUS 101Introduction to Human Services3
HUS 102Mental Health First Aid: Adult1
HUS 121Family and Human Systems3
HUS 131Models and Systems of Human Service Delivery3
HUS 141Direct Service Methods3
Total Credits13

HUS 101. Introduction to Human Services. 3 Credits.

Introduces the history, scope and context of human services, including how the profession evolved. Includes a survey of the present conditions in the field, contemporary trends, issues, and outcomes of service delivery. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

HUS 102. Mental Health First Aid: Adult. 1 Credit.

Provides key skills to help adults who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Covers mental health literacy, including identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental illness. Audit available.

HUS 103. Introduction to Home Visiting. 2 Credits.

Introduces the philosophy and practice of home visiting. Examines the strategies and issues of home visiting in a variety of contexts. Audit available.

HUS 104. Introduction to Trauma Informed Care. 1 Credit.

Introduces the core principles of trauma informed care. Explores the types of trauma and the effect on clients and human service professionals. Audit available.

HUS 105. Introduction to Crisis Intervention. 1 Credit.

Introduces a theoretical and practical approach to understanding crisis intervention. Addresses crisis intervention techniques and community resources. Audit available.

HUS 106. Mental Health First Aid: Youth. 1 Credit.

Provides key skills to help an adolescent (12-18 years) who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Covers common mental health disorders and potential crises such as helping a young person who is having a panic attack, is contemplating suicide, or is struggling with substance use disorders. Required: Full attendance is mandatory to meet Youth Mental Health First Aid certification requirements from the National Council on Behavioral Health. Audit available.

HUS 107. Mental Health First Aid: Older Adult. 1 Credit.

Provides key skills to help older adults and those dealing with later-life issues who are developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. Covers mental health literacy, including identifying, understanding, and responding to signs of mental illness. Audit available.

HUS 110. Introduction to Child Welfare. 3 Credits.

Introduces the history, mission, scope and context of child welfare services and practice, including the underlying philosophy of the field. Includes a survey of the present conditions, cultural and relationship issues, and outcomes of service delivery in both public and private child welfare settings. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

HUS 115. Infant and Toddler Mental Health. 3 Credits.

Introduces the concepts and practices associated with the social and emotional well being of infants and toddlers. Covers attachment theory, promoting parent-child relationships, culturally responsive caregiving practices, and Resources for Infant Educators (RIE). Audit available.

HUS 121. Family and Human Systems. 3 Credits.

Introduces the structure and dynamics of organizations, communities, and society as well as the nature of individuals and groups. Provides an understanding of human systems, including individual, interpersonal, group, family, organizational, community and societal. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

HUS 131. Models and Systems of Human Service Delivery. 3 Credits.

Explores the scope of conditions that promote or inhibit human functioning, such as social, economic, biological, psychosocial and cultural systems. Covers the range and characteristics of human services delivery systems, including populations served. Requires: 20 hours of Community Based Learning (CBL). Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

HUS 141. Direct Service Methods. 3 Credits.

Introduces theory, knowledge, and skills needed to provide direct services and appropriate interventions to clients and client groups. Covers major methods of direct service delivery, including interviewing, group facilitation, and crisis intervention. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

HUS 151. Introduction to Case Management. 3 Credits.

Introduces the principles, practices, models, and issues involved in case management. Covers skill development including assessment, intake interviewing, service delivery, and information management. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: HUS 101, HUS 102, HUS 141, HUS 131, and HUS 121. Audit available.

HUS 221. Issues and Trends in Human Services. 3 Credits.

Explores values and ethics intrinsic to the human services profession, including standards outlined by the National Organization for Human Services (NOHS) and the Council for Standards in Human Service Education (CSHSE). Covers awareness of personal values, cultural bias, style, and philosophies, including how these personal characteristics affect service delivery. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: HUS 131 and HUS 141. Audit available.

HUS 230A. Field Experience Seminar I: Family and Human Services. 2 Credits.

Supports the development of skills for successful field experience placements. Covers working under supervision, teamwork, stress, professional boundaries and related professional issues. Prerequisite: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Corequisite: HUS 250.

HUS 230B. Field Experience Seminar II: Family and Human Services. 2 Credits.

Supports the development of skills for successful field experience placements. Covers working under supervision, teamwork, stress, and professional boundaries and related professional issues. Prerequisites: HUS 250, HUS 230A, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Corequisite: HUS 260.

HUS 230C. Field Experience Seminar III: Family and Human Services. 2 Credits.

Supports the development of skills for successful field experience placements. Covers working under supervision, teamwork, stress, professional boundaries, professional certification and related professional issues. Prerequisites: HUS 260, HUS 230B, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Corequisite: HUS 270.

HUS 241. Planning and Evaluation in Human Services. 3 Credits.

Presents knowledge and skill development in the systematic analysis of service needs, including planning appropriate strategies, implementation of services and evaluation of outcomes. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Prerequisite/concurrent: HUS 131 and HUS 141. Audit available.

HUS 250. Field Experience I: Family and Human Services. 3 Credits.

Covers the integration of knowledge, theory, skills, and behaviors needed to work in a human service setting. Supports the development of practical skills, experience, and professional interests under the supervision of a fieldwork supervisor. Prerequisites: HUS 151, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement and department permission required. Corequisite: HUS 230A.

HUS 251. Case Management in Child Welfare. 3 Credits.

Introduces population-specific principles, practices, models, and issues involved in case management in child welfare. Covers skill building practice for family assessments, trauma informed interviewing, dual relationship service delivery, information management, and basics of testifying. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.

HUS 260. Field Experience II: Family and Human Services. 3 Credits.

Covers the integration of knowledge, theory, skills, and behaviors needed to work in a human service setting. Supports the development of practical skills, experience, and professional interests under the supervision of a fieldwork supervisor. Department permission required. Corequisite: HUS 230B. Prerequisite: HUS 250, HUS 230A, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement.

HUS 270. Field Experience III: Family and Human Services. 3 Credits.

Covers the integration of knowledge, theory, skills, and behaviors needed to work in a human service setting. Supports the development of practical skills, experience, and professional interests under the supervision of a fieldwork supervisor. Department permission required. Corequisite: HUS 230C. Prerequisites: HUS 260, HUS 230B, and (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement.