Human Services

Program Mission 

The Modesto Junior College Human Service Programs provide the necessary theoretical foundation, historical perspectives, professional values, and clinical skills for paraprofessionals involved in the delivery of social services in various community based social work and counseling agencies.

Overview of the Program

The various programs are designed to prepare students for entry-level employment in Human Service Organizations, as well as to upgrade and enhance the knowledge and skill set of current employees in the profession.

The Human Service Programs also provide a basis for future academic training leading to advanced degrees in Human Services, Social Work, Counseling, Psychology, Sociology, and Behavioral Analysis.  Degrees, Certificates, and Skill Recognitions are available in Human Services Generalist, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Gerontology, and Psychosocial Rehabilitation.  

MJC's Chemical Dependency Counseling Program is accredited by the  California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE) to offer coursework in Addiction Studies. CAADE is Approved by the California Department of Health Care Services.  We can assist students with obtaining their State certification and completing the State's exam through the Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC).  We can also provide some assistance with the registration with one of the other two certification organizations (CCAPP or CADPT). The Chemical Dependency Counseling program is accredited by the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators (CAADE).  Website: CAADE:  

Note the following from the DHCS website: The Department of Health Care Services recognizes the following National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) accredited organizations to register and certify alcohol and other drug counselors in California.  To become a certified counselor or to obtain further information regarding educational requirements for becoming an alcohol and other drug counselor in California, please contact any of the certifying organizations listed below:

California Association for Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE)
Accredited Program – Certified Addiction Treatment Counselors / expires 7/31/23
5230 Clark Ave, Ste 1
Lakewood, CA 90712
Phone: (707) 722-2331

CAADE Homepage 

MJC's Psychosocial Rehabilitation Program's goal is to prepare individuals seeking certification as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist or lead to upper degrees in social work or other mental health professions.  The Psychosocial Rehabilitation program's purpose is to educate professionals in providing emotional, cognitive, and social skills that help those diagnosed with mental illness live and work in their communities as independently as possible

Explore the Human Services professional by visiting the Bureau of Human Services Occupational Outlook Handbook 

Social and Human Services Assistant Outlook


The following classes are offered once during spring or fall semesters.  See your Counselor or the Human Services Program Coordinator for planning your schedule. This schedule does not include prospective summer courses.

Fall Only    Spring Only
114: Death and Dying
116: Drug and Alcohol in Society
111: Counseling in Chemical Dependency 
143: Psychosocial Rehab Practice
147: Field Studies and Seminar I
104: Aging in America
117: Intervention and Tx Strategies
119: Intro to Group
146: PsyR w/Children & Families
148: Field Studies and Seminar II


Summer and Fall 2020 Practicum Orientation are taking place monthly: Contact the Human Services Mentor at for dates. All Site Approval Forms are due in the Human Services Office (FH 160J) at three months before the semester begins.
Catalog Description for Human Services Practicum

Program Coordinator:

Tasha Wilson
Founders Hall 160J
(209) 548-5742