PSCN Courses

LEGEND: CSU-T = CSU transferable, UC-T = UC transferable!!!

All units are applicable to any Associate Degree. Check the class schedule for availability.

Psychology-Counseling 1 (CSU-T) - Introduction to Psychology-Counseling in a Multicultural Environment:  Introduction to psychology-counseling theory, skills, techniques, and processes in working with individuals and/or groups. Multiculturalism in American society. Emphasis placed on issues and processes of a minority majority environment. Includes review of demographics, social services, community agencies, and intervention programs. Fundamental counseling techniques, counseling theory and socio-cultural issues related to working in the service provider role.

Psychology-Counseling 2 (CSU-T) - Introduction to Case Management for Human Services: Introduction to case management theory, models and techniques. Multicultural issues affecting case management theory. Emphasis placed on case management philosophy, ethical issues, concepts and practices. Analysis of needs, documentation and confidentiality and individualized consumer plan development. Analysis of inter-agency collaboration. Includes issues of monitoring an ongoing case management plan and maintaining consumer commitment to plan success. Designed to provide students with knowledge in case management theory implementation for Human Service, Social Work and/or Mental Health.

Psychology-Counseling 3 (CSU-T) - Drugs, Recovery and Prevention in Modern Society: Introductory course in the epidemiology and toxicology of substance abuse and addiction and their effects on individuals and society at large. Basic terminology used in alcohol, psychoactive drugs and other related addiction terms will be covered. Definitions and side effects of licit and illicit drugs, pharmacologic, neurologic and physiologic effects of addictive substances will be examined. Analyze theories of socioeconomic and political ramifications of the drug industry. Investigate current models of prevention, treatment planning, recovery, local resources and client monitoring.

Psychology-Counseling 4 (CSU-T, UC-T) - Multiethnic/Cultural Communication: Exploration of intercultural and interethnic communication behavior of individuals in relationships and/or groups, personal identity formation in the American context, historical development of culturally influenced communication styles, and evolution of new, American inter- and intra-group communication. Will examine social science research models, including single subject case study, in three (3) of the five (5) following groups: African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Native/Indigenous Americans, Pacific Islander-Americans, Hispanic-Americans. Students will attend Bay Area cultural events.

Psychology-Counseling 5 (CSU-T) - Introduction to Social Work and Human Services: Introduction to human services field. Includes history, ethics, values, and principles of human and social services. Focus on modern practice, research techniques, and skills.

 Psychology-Counseling 7 (CSU-T) - Contemporary Issues: Contemporary life issues related to social effectiveness, and educational and career development. Explores issues through an examination of current counseling related research findings and resource materials.

Psychology-Counseling 10 (CSU-T) - Career and Educational Planning: Exploration of the concept of educational/career planning focusing on personal career development through self-assessment, psychological testing, and individual counseling. Emphasis on clarification of individual interests, values, needs, and abilities and investigation of occupational opportunities in the world of work. Designed for those undecided or uncertain about their career and educational plans.

Psychology-Counseling 11 (CSU-T) - Interpersonal Relations: Exploration of behavior in interactions with others. Improving interpersonal relationships to benefit academic, career, and personal development.

Psychology-Counseling 12 (CSU-T) - Self-Esteem for Success: Exploration of causes of low self-esteem, methods for building self-esteem and habits for success. Designed to improve self-esteem to ensure academic success.

Psychology-Counseling 13 (CSU-T, UC-T) - Multicultural Issues in Contemporary America: Exploration of issues relating to the multicultural community in which we live today. Interpersonal relations and communication. Focus on improving the individual's understanding of other cultures and how those cultures impact the American lifestyle. Includes exploration of myths and misunderstandings. Discussion of four specific cultures or sub-cultures from the following groups: (1) African-American, (2) Asian-American, (3) Hispanic-American, (4) Native-American, (5) Middle Eastern-American, (6) European-American, (7) Gay/Lesbian American, (8) Disabled American.

Psychology-Counseling 15 (CSU-T) - College Study Skills: Review of study skill techniques for success in college. Emphasis on time management, personal learning style, active listening, note-taking and test-taking strategies. Includes modeling, practice, and evaluation of study skill techniques.

Psychology-Counseling 18 (CSU-T, UC-T) - University Transfer Planning: Introduction to the resources and planning process needed to ease transition from a community college to a four-year college or university. Development of a transfer action plan. Preparation for major and general education requirements. Application cycles and important deadlines. Recommended for those transferring to four-year colleges or universities.

Psychology-Counseling 20 (CSU-T, UC-T) - The College Experience: Explores academic programs, college policies, student rights and responsibilities, graduation and transfer requirements, student services, campus resources and activities and the concept of educational planning through self-assessment. Emphasis is on self-assessment of individual interests, values, needs, and abilities. Designed for first-time, returning, and reentry students to ease transition into college and maximize successful matriculation through college towards academic/vocational goals. 

Psychology-Counseling 21 (CSU-T) - Strategies for College Success: Assessment of learning and college life. Introduction to practical strategies for success in college. Includes student academic programs, college policies, student rights and responsibilities, graduation and transfer requirements, and campus resources and activities. Designed for first time, returning and re-entry students to ease transition into college and maximize success towards their academic goals. (May not be taken for credit if Psychology Counseling 20 or General Studies 20 has been completed.)

Psychology-Counseling 22 (CSU-T) - College Success Series: (May be repeated 2 times) Workshop format focusing on practical strategies for success in college; workshop topics may include personal, academic and/or career goal setting; transitioning and adapting to higher education; educational planning for graduation and/or transfer; support services and campus resources; majors and careers; plus other topics as student needs are identified. Designed for all students to maximize their potential with emphasis on enhancing the new students transition into college.

Psychology-Counseling 23 (CSU-T, UC-T) - Creating Success in College and Life: A course designed to equip students for lifelong learning and developing critical thinking that will facilitate their adjustment to the college environment and the successful pursuit of their educational and career goals. This course provides an introduction to academic skills and strategies, campus resources and activities, decision making and planning, college policies and procedures, interpersonal communication, stress management techniques, self-exploration and goal setting, and student rights and responsibilities.

Psychology-Counseling 24 (CSU-T) - Personal Growth: The course is designed for students with disabilities to improve life management skills. Through this course, students explore behaviors by interacting with others and improving interpersonal skills to benefit academic, career, and personal development.

Psychology-Counseling 26 (CSU-T, UC-T) - College Success and the Chicano Experience: Investigation of the relationship between Chicano cultural experiences and college success. Emphasis on examination of how Chicano cultural experience can affect collegiate success.

Psychology-Counseling 30 (CSU-T)- Life Transitions: Enhance knowledge, skills and abilities to effectively navigate the transitions encountered throughout life, such as graduating from high school, entering the world of work, becoming a parent, changing careers, entering or loss of a relationship and other major life changes. Centers on personal health, family life, community life and career development. Provides the opportunity to develop a positive self-concept, independence and positive attitude while also practicing skills to grow with change and maintain a positive lifestyle. Promotes and supports developing holistic well-being in managing life as purposeful contributing members of society.

Psychology-Counseling 95 (CSU-T)- Social Work and Human Services Fieldwork: This work-based learning course offers students a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution within human services/social work. Students will reinforce and apply knowledge gained in the prerequisite coursework while learning new skills outside of the classroom environment. In addition to engaging in fieldwork, student will attend a weekly class meeting that will complement their fieldwork experience. Students pursuing an AA-T in Social Work and Human Services need to complete a total of 2 units. Course study under this section may be repeated for a maximum of 16 units for occupational or a combination of general and occupational work experience education. One unit of credit is earned for each 75 hours of paid work or 60 hours of volunteer work per semester. Corequisite: PSCN 96, Prerequisite: PSCN 5 or PSY 1 or SOCI 1.

Psychology-Counseling 96(CSU-T) - Social Work and Human Services Seminar: This course provides the student who is participating in a supervised field experience in a community organization, agency, or institution with a weekly class meeting that provides the academic element to the experiential course offering. In conjunction with the required corequisite work experience course, students will gain insight about their future role as a Human Services/Social Work practitioner through discussion, problem solving, reflection, and evaluation with self, instructor, supervisor, and peers. Ethical, legal, professional, and social justice issues in the field of Human Services/Social Work will be addressed. Prerequisite: PSCN 5 or PSY 1 or SOCI 1 Corequisite: PSCN 95.