Art in the Park

Art in the Park

sponsored by VSA Texas and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

sponsored by VSA Texas and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

sponsored by VSA Texas and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

sponsored by VSA Texas and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Art in the Park

Art in the Park

sponsored by VSA Texas and the Austin Parks and Recreation Department

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Welcome to the Human Services Department

The Department of Human Services offers associates degrees in General Human Services, Addictions Counseling, and Therapeutic Recreation.  Our program is designed to prepare direct-service workers for employment in public and private agencies. The course of study offers an interdisciplinary combination of both theory and the practical applications of theory, including two internships that serve to expose students to the realities of their chosen field.

Completion of the associate degree or one-year certificate in Addictions Counseling leads to partial fulfillment of the requirements for certification by the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC).   To enroll in the Addiction Counseling Certificate, a person must hold an Associate’s degree or higher.

Completion of the Addiction Counseling in the Criminal Justice setting leads to the IC&RC certification as a Certified Criminal Justice Profession for employment within TDCJ settings.

Completion of the associate degree in Therapeutic Recreation leads to eligibility for certification by the Consortium for Therapeutic Recreation Activities Certification as a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Assistant (TRA/TXC).

Students completing the programs can seek employment, depending on their specialty area, as chemical dependency counselors, assistant social workers, therapy specialists in treatment facilities, activity directors, therapeutic recreation assistants, community program leaders, teacher aides, and other human services providers. Although the degree is designed to prepare students for immediate employment, many students choose to continue their human services education at four-year colleges. Since not all colleges accept vocational/technical courses for transfer, students should consult with the Department Chair for Human Services prior to enrollment.

The length of time to complete a program of study will vary by student based on the specialty area, number of courses taken per semester, and willingness to take courses in both classroom and distance learning formats.

A quick tour of our program webpages within this website will help you better understand our degree programs and career opportunities in Human Services.  Thank you for your interest in Human Services at Austin Community College.

 

Elizabeth Coccia, Department Chair

Note:  the College requires that students be made aware of the Campus carry policy.  Please visit http://www.austincc.edu/campus-carry  for more details

 

Announcements

Welcome to the Fall semester:
If you have been advised to take internship in the spring semester, the deadline for the application is Oct. 1.  The application is available from this website or from the department office located at the Rio Grande campus, room 3172
Oct. 6 is the deadline for Dec. graduation. A great way to complete volunteer requirements is through Student Life Common Service Experience. Student Life has compiled a list of agencies that need volunteers. They have an events calendar as well as a registration page on their site. Go to bit.ly/infocse for more information.

Recently two agencies have reached out for volunteers:

LifeSteps

LifeSteps does street outreach targeted to those who use opioids and other illicit drugs.  Our outreach workers (usually seasoned case managers), work with Austin’s Harm Reduction Team and also on their own. They hand out free pregnancy tests and STD tests, blankets and personal hygiene kits, information about HIV/AIDS and Hep C, and information about responding to an opioid overdose, including supplying Narcan (nasal spray).  We are seeking volunteers to go out with us.  The activity is generally in the late morning and over the noon hour at locations around the ARCH, around ATCIC, at the Austin Public Library (downtown), S. First St. and along Rundberg Lane.

Laurie Born, ACPS, MPAff Executive Director LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs  512-246-9880   laurie@lifestepscouncil.org

 Drive a Senior

The West Austin branch of Drive a Senior reached out to me because they need volunteer drivers as well as people to help at events, fundraisers, and do social media.  Even if someone can’t drive (must be 21 have a good driving record and insurance and use their own car and gas), there are other ways to help the agency.  For information contact Tommie Calfee, 512 576 3299