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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.
IMPORTANT NOTE: EFFECTIVE FALL 2020 THE THERAPEUTIC RECREATION SPECIALIZATION WILL NO LONGER BE OFFERED. STUDENTS CURRENTLY ENROLLED IN THIS PROGRAM WILL HAVE 3 YEARS TO COMPLETE THE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS. AFTER 3 YEARS, STUDENTS IN THE TR SPECIALIZATION WHO HAVE NOT COMPLETED THE DEGREE WILL BE MOVED TO GENERAL HUMAN SERVICES. THE TR COURSES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OFFERED FOR 3 YEARS.
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 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