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LOS ANGELES CITY COLLEGE | 08-09 CATALOG [REV. 11/08]

psychology

 

Chair: Rochelle Sechooler

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 PROGRAMS OFFERED


Associate in Arts:

Human Services - Generalist

Human Services - Drug/Alcohol

 

Certificates:

Human Services - Generalist

Human Services - Drug/Alcohol

 

A career in Human Services is a career of making a difference for others while discovering more about yourself. Human Services professionals help people turn their lives around and find new directions. They assist the mentally ill, victims of abuse, children, addicts and others in need.

 

Human Services workers, on average, earn between $20,000 - $40,000 annually. Those who continue their education to become social workers can earn between $25,000 - $65,000 annually. Occupations include: Activity Director, Gang Counseling, Special Education Assistant, Domestic Violence Counselor, Senior & Teen Service Providers, Probation Office Assistant, Activity Director, Disabled Services, CalWORKS/GAIN Program Assistant, Childcare Worker, Social Worker Assistant, Mental Health Worker, Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counselor.

 

 DEGREE PROGRAMS 

 

Human services

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

The Human Services curriculum, offered by the Department of Psychology, is a lower division two year course of study designed to train a student in one of two Options: Human Services Generalist or Drug/Alcohol Studies. The curriculum also serves as an introduction to the helping professions for students planning four year college degrees in Psychology, Human Services, Behavioral Science, Rehabilitation Counseling, Social Work, Health Science and Alcohol and Substance Abuse, and other majors. The Human Services Curriculum specifically trains paraprofessionals who are able to function in a wide variety of areas under professional supervision.

 

Students in the Human Services Generalist Option and the Drug/Alcohol Studies Option complete the same core courses. Academic preparation is offered in basic psychology courses such as Introductory Psychology, Personality and Social Development, and Abnormal Psychology. Another part of the core classes concentrates on important communication skills and self awareness through participating in Group Dynamics courses, which are conducted as laboratory workshops for the purpose of engaging in and learning about the group process. The third aspect of the core courses is a three semester rotation through Field Work courses, coordinated and taught by a faculty member, in cooperation with facilities in the community. These fieldwork courses are related to the student’s special interests and the population with whom they expect to work in the future.

 

By completing the courses listed below, students will be eligible for the Associate of Arts degree with a major in Human Services. Satisfactory completion of all courses with at least a "C" grade is required. Students should note that, while this curriculum culminates in an Associate of Arts degree and Human Services Certificate, additional courses are required for transfer to a four-year college.

 

HUMAN SERVICES

GENERALISTS OPTION (2-Year Plan)

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

 

COURSES                                    UNITS

First Semester

Psychology 1..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 43................................................................................... 3

*Physical Education

 

Second Semester

Psychology 14................................................................................... 3

Psychology 41................................................................................... 3

Psychology 44................................................................................... 3

Psychology 81................................................................................... 3

*Humanities Requirement

 

Third Semester

Psychology 3..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 13................................................................................... 3

Psychology 82................................................................................... 3

*Science Requirement

 

Fourth Semester

Psychology 2..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 45................................................................................... 3

Psychology 83................................................................................... 3

    

Total Units...................................................................................... 36

 

*     American Institutions Requirement Elective

 

Students must meet the mathematics competency requirements for the Associate of Arts degree.

 

Recommended electives: Psychology 64, Family & Consumer Studies 21, Philosophy 6 or 8, Law 3, Child Development 42.

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan B for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units            English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences

3 Units            Humanities

3 Units            Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units         Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units         Math Competency

 

 

HUMAN SERVICES

GENERALISTS OPTION (3-Year Plan)

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

First Semester   

Psychology 1..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 43................................................................................... 3

*Physical Education

 

Second Semester

Psychology 14................................................................................... 3

Psychology 41................................................................................... 3

Psychology 81................................................................................... 3

*Humanities Requirement

 

Third Semester

Psychology 13................................................................................... 3

*Science Requirement

 

Fourth Semester

Psychology 3..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 82................................................................................... 3

*American Institutions Requirement

 

Fifth Semester

Psychology 44................................................................................... 3

Psychology 83................................................................................... 3

 

Sixth Semester

Psychology 2..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 45................................................................................... 3

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 36

 

*     American Institutions Requirement Elective

 

Students must meet the mathematics competency requirements for the Associate of Arts degree.

 

Recommended electives: Psychology 64, Family & Consumer Studies 21, Philosophy 6 or 8, Law 3, Child Development 42.

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan B for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units            English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences

3 Units            Humanities

3 Units            Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units         Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units         Math Competency
 

 

DRUG/alcohol STUDIES OPTION)**

(2-Year Plan)

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

First Semester  

Psychology 1..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 43................................................................................... 3

Psychology 64................................................................................... 3

 

Second Semester

Psychology 14................................................................................... 3

Psychology 44................................................................................... 3

Psychology 65................................................................................... 3

Psychology 84................................................................................... 3

*Humanities Requirement

 

Third Semester

Psychology 3..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 67................................................................................... 3

Psychology 85................................................................................... 3

*American Institutions Requirement

 

Fourth Semester

Psychology 2..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 45................................................................................... 3

Psychology 63................................................................................... 3

Psychology 86................................................................................... 3

*Physical Education

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 42

 

*       American Institutions Requirement Elective

 

Students must meet the mathematics competency requirements for the Associate of Arts degree.

 

Recommended electives: Psychology 64, Family & Consumer Studies 21, Philosophy 6 or 8, Law 3, Child Development 42.

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan B for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units            English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences

3 Units            Humanities

3 Units            Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units         Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units         Math Competency

 

 

DRUG/alcohol STUDIES OPTION

(3-Year Plan)

Associate of Arts Degree

Career Program

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

First Semester          

Psychology 1..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 43................................................................................... 3

Psychology 64................................................................................... 3

 

Second Semester

Psychology 65................................................................................... 3

Psychology 84................................................................................... 3

 

Third Semester

Psychology 14................................................................................... 3

Psychology 85................................................................................... 3

Psychology 67................................................................................... 3

*Humanities Requirement

 

Fourth Semester

Psychology 44................................................................................... 3

Psychology 63................................................................................... 3

Psychology 86................................................................................... 3

 

Fifth Semester

Psychology 2..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 3..................................................................................... 3

*American Institutions Requirement............................................ 3

 

Sixth Semester

Psychology 45................................................................................... 3

*Physical Education

 

Total Units..................................................................................... 45

 

*       See notes under Two Year Course Plan above.

**    This curriculum is accredited by the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators and meets the educational requirements for certification by the California Association of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Counselors.

 

To complete general education requirements in this area of study, Plan B for the AA/AS Degree is required.

PLAN B: Please consult with a counselor about specific courses needed or see the college catalog "Graduation Requirements" section. Plan B is not designed for transfer to a four-year college.

3 Units            English Composition

3 Units            Communication/Analytical Thinking

3 Units            Natural Sciences

3 Units            Humanities

3 Units            Social/Behavioral Sciences (including American History & Governments)

3-4 Units         Health/Physical Education

3-5 Units         Math Competency
 

 

 CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS 

 

HUMAN SERVICES

A certificate in Human Services will be issued by the Psychology Department upon successful completion of the following courses. A satisfactory grade of or better is required in all course work.

     

Please consult Associate of Arts Curriculum for sequencing of courses.

 

 

OPTION 1:

Human Services Generalists

Certificate

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

Psychology 1..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 3..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 13................................................................................... 3

Psychology 14................................................................................... 3

Psychology 27................................................................................... 1

Psychology 41................................................................................... 3

Psychology 43................................................................................... 3

Psychology 44................................................................................... 3

Psychology 45................................................................................... 3

Psychology 81................................................................................... 3

Psychology 82................................................................................... 3

Psychology 83................................................................................... 3

English 28 or 101............................................................................. 3

Speech Communication 101,

or Psychology 60, or Psychology 64............................................. 3

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 40

 

 

OPTION 2:

Human Services Drug/Alcohol Studies

Certificate

 

COURSES                                                                               UNITS

Psychology 1..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 3..................................................................................... 3

Psychology 14................................................................................... 3

Psychology 27................................................................................... 1

Psychology 43................................................................................... 3

Psychology 44................................................................................... 3

Psychology 45................................................................................... 3

Psychology 63................................................................................... 3

Psychology 64................................................................................... 3

Psychology 65................................................................................... 3

Psychology 67................................................................................... 3

Psychology 84................................................................................... 3

Psychology 85................................................................................... 3

Psychology 86................................................................................... 3      

English 28 or 101.............................................................................. 3

 

Total Units...................................................................................... 43
 

 

 COURSE DESCRIPTIONS 

 

NOTE: Not every class is offered each semester. Refer to the current class schedule for current class offerings.

PREREQUISITES: Specified prerequisites must be completed with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 1

General Psychology I

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU) (CAN PSY 2)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course is a general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior. An emphasis is placed upon learning, motivation, intelligence, feelings and emotions, personality, and methods of adjustment. Standardized psychological inventories may be given to the student to help to understand the important concepts in each of these areas.  The student planning transfer of a year of Psychology should follow Psychology 1 with either Psychology 2 or Psychology 3, according to his upper division major requirements.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 2

General Psychology II

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

Required of majors in Psychology.

This course explains psychological behavior on the basis of events taking place in the brain, nervous systems and endocrine glands. The biological events which underlie these systems are explained and identified with regard to their effect on  moods, sexuality, motivation, sleep, perception, and learning.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 3

Personality and Social Development

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1  with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Advisory: English 28/31 or equivalent.

This course focuses on self awareness and personality development. Topics considered include love, work, loneliness, death and loss, intimate relationships, sex roles and sexuality, and values in life.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 13

Social Psychology

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

The study of social influences on our behavior, attitudes and feelings.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 14

Abnormal Psychology

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

An overview of abnormal behavior from the perspective of contemporary medical, psychosocial, and socio-cultural approaches.  Abnormal disorders are described, and their major causes and treatment are reviewed.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 18

Psychology of Women’s and Men’s Changing Roles

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Studies psychological and sociological implications of sex roles.  Covers present information and research on biologically and culturally determined characteristics of women and men and how these affect personality, their relationship to work, education, family, law, and politics.  Special adjustment problems of women and men in our society will be emphasized.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 24

Scholastic and Personal Development

3 UNITS - NDC

For students who wish to relearn and improve skills necessary for college success. Helps students formulate personal goals, increase motivation, and develop self-discipline with psychological techniques. Includes stress and time management, study skills, and memory techniques.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 27

Online and Software Resources for Human Services

1 UNIT

This course provides Human Services majors with a basic introduction to pertinent computer resources currently being utilized by human services professionals.  Hands-on training will allow students to become familiar with software and online resources commonly being used.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 41

Life Span Psychology: From Infancy to Old Age

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1 with a satisfactory grade.

This course familiarizes the student with physical, cognitive and social growth and change affecting individuals during their many life stages. Periods examined include prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, and old age.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 43

Principles of Group Dynamics I

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Advisory: English 28/31 or concurrent enrollment in Learning Skills 1 and/or 7.

This is an introduction to the dynamics of group interactions with an emphasis upon the individual’s first hand experience as the group studies itself. Students are evaluated on a credit/no credit basis.                                

 

PSYCHOLOGY 44

Principles of Group Dynamics II

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 43 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

This course covers the role of group processes in changing behavior, as well as the principle modes of counseling and therapy.  Also covered are the principles of verbal and nonverbal communication, modes of learning, key concepts that enhance learning and significant communication.       

 

PSYCHOLOGY 45

Issues in Human Service Careers

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 44 and Psychology 81 with satisfactory grades or equivalent.

This is a course in how to survive in the real world of work in Human Services. It will integrate the psychological theory learned in previous classes with practice. The course covers specialized areas of psychology such as crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, counseling ethics, and interviewing. Included are techniques for agency survival such as job interviewing, report writing and resource referral.                   

 

PSYCHOLOGY 52

Psychological Aspects of Human Sexuality

3 UNITS - (UC:CSU)

This course explores psychological aspects of human sexuality. It emphasizes the effect of sexual development and functioning, on self concept and sexual identity.  Topics included are: history of sexuality; myths and fallacies; physiology of sexuality; sexually transmitted  diseases; paraphilias and sexual orientation.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 60

Stress Management

3 UNITS - (CSU)

This course examines methods of identifying and managing environmental, organizational, social and internal stress in an effort to promote more effective coping on the part of the individual in occupational, interpersonal and everyday life situations.                       

 

PSYCHOLOGY 63

Alcohol/Drug Studies: Prevention and Education

3 UNITS - (CSU)

This course introduces students to prevention and education of alcohol, drug problems and HIV/AIDS among various populations.  The techniques of prevention and education in the community, family, school, worksite, and healthcare facilities will be emphasized.      

 

PSYCHOLOGY 64

Introduction to Alcohol and Drug Abuse and

Physiological Effects

3 UNITS - (CSU)

This course is an introduction to the: physiology and psychopharmacology of drugs and alcohol, theories of addiction, historical overview of treatment, drug classification, social policy and drug abuse, and the issues of relapse, rehabilitation and recovery.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 65

Chemical Dependency, Intervention, Treatment and Recovery

3 UNITS - (CSU)

This course introduces the student to the processes of treatment and recovery of alcohol and drug abuse among various populations.  An overview of the causes, treatment, models, and recovery, relapse, rehabilitation, and aftercare is emphasized.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 66

Introduction to Critical Thinking

3 UNITS - (CSU)

This course will apply the theories and research evidence in cognitive psychology to enhance the ability to effectively solve problems, make decisions, and think creatively.  Practice with a variety of problems and simulations will take place to ensure the learning and retention of these critical thinking skills.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 67

Counseling Techniques for Chemically Addicted

3 UNITS - (CSU)

This course will focus on the environment of chemical dependency counseling and the issues of the paraprogessional in alcohol and drug abuse treatment facilities.  Case management in a multi-discipline team will be emphasized.  All aspects of modern treatment techniques will be covered in class.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 72

Introduction to Psychology Journal Research

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

This course teaches psychology majors how to prepare a professional paper for the American Psychological Association (APA).  Activities of this course include: field trips to university reference libraries and interpretation of journals.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 81

Field Work I

3 UNITS – (RPT 1) (CSU)

Co-requisite: Psychology 1 or Psychology 43.

Lecture 1 hour. Field Work 5 hours per week.

This course is designed to orient the student to the field of Human Services. The primary emphasis is on observations of the application of interpersonal relationship skills in community settings.  This class is intended for students new to Human Services fieldwork.  Basic counseling and communication skills will be taught.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 82

Field Work II

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 81 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour. Field Work 5 hours per week.

This is a continuation of Field Work I in which there will be more student participation, under supervision, at various facilities in the community that offer Human Services.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 83

Field Work III

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 82 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour. Field Work 5 hours per week.

This course is an advanced course in Field Work which is designed to give the student more specialized participation in Human Services.  This class is intended for the advanced student of the generalist option of Human Services.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 84

Fieldwork I – Drug/Alcohol

3 UNITS

Co-requisite: Psychology 1 and Psychology 43.

This course is designed to orient the student to the field of Human Services, Drug/Alcohol Studies. The primary emphasis is on the observations of the application of interpersonal relationship skills in drug/alcohol treatment and community settings. This class is intended for students new to Human Services field work. Basic counseling and communication skills will be taught.   

 

PSYCHOLOGY 85

Field Work II: Drug/Alcohol

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 84 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour. Field Work 6 hours per week.

This class is designed to orient the student to the field of Human Services, Drug/Alcohol Studies.  The primary emphasis is on the observations of the application of interpersonal relationship skills in drug/alcohol treatment and community settings.  This class is intended for students new to Human Services field work.  Basic counseling and communication skills will be taught. 

 

PSYCHOLOGY 86

Field Work III: Drug/Alcohol

3 UNITS - (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 85 with a satisfactory grade or equivalent.

Lecture 1 hour. Field Work 6 hours per week.

This course is designed to orient the student to the field of Human Services, Drug/Alcohol Studies.  The primary emphasis is on the observations of the application of interpersonal relationship skills in drug/alcohol treatment and community settings.  This class is intended for students new to Human Services field work.  Basic counseling and communication skills will be taught.

 

PSYCHOLOGY 185 Directed Study —  1 UNIT   (CSU)

PSYCHOLOGY 285 Directed Study —  2 UNITS (CSU)

PSYCHOLOGY 385 Directed Study — 3 UNITS  (CSU)

Prerequisite: Psychology 1 with a satisfactory grade plus one additional course in Psychology and signature of instructor.

Conference 1 hour per unit.

Allows students to pursue Directed Study on a contract basis under the direction of a supervising instructor. Refer to the "Directed Study" section of this catalog for additional information.

Credit Limit: A maximum of 3 units in Directed Study may be taken for credit.

 

 

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