2018-19 Pierce College Catalog 
    
    Dec 12, 2018  
2018-19 Pierce College Catalog

Social Service Mental Health (AA-DTA) Course Map with Certificate


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Created by Pierce faculty, this map outlines the initial coursework for this career field and for transfer to a four-year institution. It provides you a clear path to complete your degree by listing a specific set of courses relevant to your program and career. The map is designed with the appropriate number of credits and meets degree requirements. Courses are organized in a recommended sequence; please schedule accordingly. If a course is unavailable, select the next appropriate course within the sequence. If you want to change a course on this map you must speak with an advisor to assure you meet all degree requirements. For each course, a purpose statement explains how the content relates to your career field. On this map, there may be instances when you will be required to select a course from several options. Use these purpose statements and notes to choose the course that best aligns with your interests and needs. You will also find action items to complete to assure you progress and graduate on time.  While this map is a great guide to courses required to complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA)    Degree, you are responsible for fulfilling all degree requirements. Questions? Your Success Network is ready to help you!

Important note about transfer: colleges and universities may change their requirements at any time, so this map is not a guarantee of transfer. You will need to check transfer requirements with your intended four-year school. 

1. College Success


  • COLLG 110 College Success (3 credits)
  • Course purpose: A foundational course to explore and affirm a career choice and build upon the skills, knowledge, and resources that will support you at Pierce College and beyond.

2. Introduction to Human Services


  • SSMH 100 Introduction to Human Services (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: This course provides you an opportunity to explore the social service field history, philosophy, theory and exploration of career paths, values, education and skills needed. This course covers many of the requirements to complete a Certified Advisor Credential with the state of Washington RCW 18.19.

3. English Composition I


Action Item: Meet with Advisor


Use your Success Network! In your first quarter, meet with your advisor to revisit your career and transfer path, make adjustments to your goals as needed, and plan for your next steps.

Action Item: Transfer Fair


Attend a transfer fair and explore institutions so you can take the correct prerequisites. GPA check at the completion of 20 credits.

4. Law and Ethics in Social Services


  • SSMH 215 Law and Ethics in Social Services (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: This course explores the legal and ethical issues in social services. Includes: counselor regulation, confidentiality, client rights, involuntary commitment, rights and responsibilities of mental health professionals, mandatory reporting, child welfare, case law and standards of conduct. This course covers many of the requirements to complete a Certified Advisor Credential with the state of Washington RCW 18.19.

5. Introduction to Statistics


6. Social Service Mental Health Course Recommendation


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7. English Composition II


8. Introduction to Sociology


9. Communication Course Recommendation


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  • CMST& 220 Public Speaking (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Interpersonal communication and public speaking are essential skills in the human service field in order to work with case management, clients, and peers.  This course will help you develop your formal presentation skills.

  • CMST& 101 Introduction to Communications (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Interpersonal communication and public speaking are essential skills in the human service field in order to work with case management, clients, and peers.  This course includes learning around interpersonal communication. 

  • CMST 105 Intercultural Communication (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: Social service workers helping in the field will encounter a diverse population.  This course offers the opportunity to learn about communication across cultures.

10. Mental Health Interviewing and Assessment


  • SSMH 170 Mental Health Interviewing and Assessment (5 credits)
  • Course purpose: This course will be an Introduction to helping skills and interpersonal communication, specifically basic communications, interviewing and assessment skills, as used in community mental health settings. This course covers many of the requirements to complete a Certified Advisor Credential with the state of Washington RCW 18.19.

11. General Psychology


Action Item: Apply for Graduation


Way to go! It is time to apply for graduation. Visit the Pierce College Graduation website for details. https://www.pierce.ctc.edu/graduation

12. Nutrition


13. Field Experience I


14. Self-Care for Care Givers


  • SSMH 210 Self-Care for Caregivers (3 credits)
  • Course purpose: This course will help you master personal self-care techniques. You will learn to identify and plan strategies to cope with the multiple stresses inherent when giving care.

15. Biology Course Recommendation


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16. Sociology Course Recommendation


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17. Art Course Recommendation


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18. Psychology Course Recommendation


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19. Social Science Course Recommendation


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20. Survey of Environmental Science


21. Humanities Course Recommendation


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Total Credits: 103


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