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If you enjoy helping people, empathize with others, and are passionate about being an advocate, a career in social or community services might be the right fit for you.
Integrated Community Services courses explore interpersonal communication, restorative justice, counseling techniques, social policy, and many more subjects. They prepare you to work in a rewarding and challenging field with a high demand for well-prepared providers.
Whether you want to help youth, adults, or seniors, a degree in Integrated Community Services will enable you to make a positive difference in neighborhood centers, child protective agencies, work release programs, residential facilities, and a variety of other settings.
ICS classes are offered online and on the ground, and students can start in any quarter of the academic year. Many students work in the field while taking classes. For those who have prior work experience in the social services or behavioral health field, a Prior Learning Assessment may be available with program approval.
The program requires the completion of a practicum with 133 hours of on-the-job training in your area of interest.
ICS 100 — Introduction to Integrated Community Services — 5.0
This course is an introduction to integrated community services and provides an overview of current services. The merits and shortcomings of contemporary and historical practices are explored and discussed. Emphasis is placed on the current delivery system and evidence-based practices. Students are encouraged to explore their interest in a variety of social services and behavioral health areas and investigate what populations they might want to work with. (Formerly HS 102)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 120 — Multicultural Perspectives in ICS — 5.0
This course explores how culture shapes experience and perspective within the context of behavioral health and social services. The emphasis is on investigating how subcultures impose their own normative structures on individuals, and the influence of cultural background on the planning and delivery of social services. Students are encouraged to explore their own worldview and its relation to understanding and assisting others. (Formerly HSGER 115)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 130 — Treatment and Recovery Models — 5.0
This course covers concepts, theories, and practices in the social services and behavioral health field. Similarities and differences among historic and current approaches will be explored and appropriateness for different populations will be evaluated. Students will learn about the integration of interdisciplinary work through didactic and experiential learning experiences. (Formerly HS 221)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 136 — Improving Interpersonal Communication — 5.0
Designed to help people live more effectively through improved communication skills. Study, awareness and practice of these skills will enhance students' effectiveness in beginning, maintaining and ending relationships. Students will gain skills in managing controversy, stress and anger. The course is a balance between theory and practice of the skills and concepts involved in becoming an effective communicator. (Formerly HS 136)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 140 — Integrated Community Services Seminar — 5.0
This course acquaints students with specific behavioral health and social services concepts, theories and practices. It is designed to address emerging trends and needs. (Formerly HS 131)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 150 — Introduction to Gerontology — 5.0
This course provides students with an understanding of the process of aging. Historical, cultural, biological, physiological, psychological, and social aspects of aging are explored. Perspectives on "aging well" are investigated in the context of community and institutional settings. Emphasis will be on the study, research and practicalities of serving the needs of older adults in contemporary American society. (Formerly HSGER 101)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 160 — Therapeutic Techniques — 5.0
This course focuses on interviewing, counseling, and relationship building skills. It is designed around experiential practices related to assessing and supporting individuals and families. Students will apply treatment and recovery theories and models to specific practice situations. The class is intended to teach basic understanding of the communication skills used with vulnerable populations who seek professional support. Students will practice with other students and in front of the class. Special attention is given to professional skills that maintain psychological boundaries, effectiveness and prevent burnout. (Formerly HSGER 221)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 170 — Social Policy and Advocacy — 5.0
This course provides an overview of the state and federal policies that shape the socioeconomic condition of many population groups in the United States. Students will learn about the history of social policies, the political circumstances that shape them, and how policies affect the lives of individuals who depend on them. Emphasis is placed on advocacy for client needs in the context of social policies. (Formerly HS 115)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 180 — Child Abuse and Neglect — 5.0
This course explores the phenomena of child abuse and neglect from the viewpoint of the family. The class examines risk factors that predispose families toward these issues and delves into the legal and psychological issues of physical abuse, physical neglect, psychological maltreatment and sexual abuse. The class will highlight approaches to prevention. (Formerly HS 105)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 200 — Introduction to Long-Term Care — 5.0
This course explores long-term service delivery programs designed to meet the needs of a variety of populations. Students will be introduced to planning and delivering services for individuals with physical, mental, and psychosocial barriers and health problems. The course includes an overview of various housing and care options and analysis of current demographic changes in disabilities and aging. Special attention is given to delivery of quality care and removal of obstacles to integration.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 210 — Behavioral Health across the Lifespan — 5.0
This course is an introduction to mental health changes, challenges, and disorders associated with different life stages that are frequently addressed by service providers. Students will study how physiological, psychological, and social factors determine those changes. Diagnostic criteria, assessment, medications, and the coordination of evidence-based treatment and social services will be explored. The cultural context and personal biases will be investigated with the goal of learning how to work in a team that provides integrated services. (Formerly HSGER 210)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 220 — Case Management and Ethics — 5.0
This course covers case management tasks such as interviewing, screening and assessment, referral, and documentation in an integrated social service system. Students will learn how to conceptualize and address client needs within the context of ethical, strengths-based, and client-centered decision-making. Ethical dilemmas will be explored in accordance with Washington State law and professional ethics.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 230 — Restorative Justice and Re-entry — 5.0
This course provides an overview of the criminal justice and re-entry systems and their basic policies, institutions, and problems. It examines the role of social services providers in interactions with police, the court, and the corrections system. Students will learn about approaches to re-entry and re-integration of formerly incarcerated individuals. Recidivism and barriers to re-integration will be explored with an emphasis on evidence-based practices in social services.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 240 — Trauma-Informed Services — 5.0
This course covers the concepts of trauma and adverse childhood experiences on client wellbeing and life outcomes. It investigates how trauma-informed approaches are used in social service settings. Students will learn about basic trauma-specific interventions that are designed to address the consequences of traumatic life events and conditions and the importance of self-care.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
ICS 250 — ICS Practicum — 5.0
Students in the Integrated Community Services program are placed in a practicum setting where they have an opportunity to observe and to work with clients. Each student is individually placed in accordance with their career direction. Placements are made in areas such as gerontology, social services, education, early childhood education, and re-entry. Individual student conferences are arranged to facilitate the total experience. (Formerly HS 281)View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes