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Integrated Community Services

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.

ICS classes are offered online and on-ground, and students can start in any quarter of the academic year. Many students work in the field while taking classes. Whether you want to help youth, adults, or seniors, a degree or certificate 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.

SFCC offers a two-year associates degree as well as three certificates in ICS, preparing students either to enter their chosen career directly or to transfer into a bachelor’s program.

Apply for a Bachelors of Applied Science in Integrated Behavioral Health

SFCC offers a Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Behavioral Health that builds on the knowledge and skills that graduates from ICS, AS, and other behavioral health, social or human services programs gained during their first two years in college.

After finishing the BAS in Integrated Behavioral Health program, including the hands-on training (field placement), you can become a certified Behavioral Health Support Specialist (BHSS) in Washington State.

What is a BHSS?

Think of a BHSS as a qualified partner who works under the guidance of a licensed mental health professional. They use proven methods to support people with various behavioral health concerns.

Want to learn more?

Check out the University of Washington's About Behavioral Health Support Specialist page for details about becoming a BHSS

For more information about the BAS-IBH, please reach out to our Pathways Specialist (see “Contact Us” tab).

Application for the Integrated Behavioral Health Bachelor of Applied Science degree is now OPEN.
Please submit your application for the Fall 2024 quarter by clicking the button below and submitting the application form.

What You’ll Learn

  • Demonstrate appropriate preparation for continued education or employment in an integrated behavioral health and social services setting
  • Apply contemporary theory to the coordination of a variety of integrated services in the community
  • Provide comprehensive case management as a member of an interdisciplinary team that promotes stability in the lives of youth, adults, and seniors and shows understanding of the challenges based in poverty and inequity
  • Exhibit empathy in interactions and interventions with a wide spectrum of clients in the areas of housing, behavioral health, employment, corrections, and other fields

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the requirements for the Behavioral Health certificate in Integrated Community Services. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 40

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
AS 131
Survey of Addictions
ICS 150
Introduction to Gerontology
ICS 210
Behavioral Health across the Lifespan
Total Credits

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
AS 275
Physiological Actions of Alcohol and Drugs
ICS 130
Treatment and Recovery Models
ICS 160
Therapeutic Techniques
Total Credits

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
ICS 180
Child Abuse and Neglect
ICS 240
Trauma-Informed Services
Total Credits

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  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Leah Ruiz
    Leah Ruiz
    ESBS Pathway Specialist

  • Elodie Goodman
    Elodie Goodman
    Dean Ss/Acct/Econ/Hum Serv
    B.A., M.A., University of Washington
  • Ursula Heflick
    Ursula Heflick
    Integrated Community Service
    B.A., California State University; B.A., M.S., Eastern Washington University; Additional studies Spokane Falls Community College
  • Jared Ozaki
    Jared Ozaki
    Social Service Paraprof
    B.A., M.S., Eastern Washington University

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Cynthia Vigil

Leah Ruiz

Pathways Specialist
Building 16, Room 133D