Counseling (Instruction)

The Counseling Program offers specially designed curriculum to meet the broad psycho-social needs of our diverse student population. Counseling courses provide a gateway to understanding the programs and services offered at Citrus College. Course curriculum addresses the issues of transition to college, educational planning, college success, transfer, career exploration and decision making, student responsibility, and educational goal setting.

Disabled Student Programs & Services

Educational assistance courses (EAC) are non degree applicable credit courses providing academic support to students with disabilities. Educational assistance courses are designed to teach strategies that help students compensate for their disability related educational limitations. They are offered in lecture mode and are graded as pass/no pass.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Acosta, Jorge SS 267626-914-8732jaacosta@citruscollege.edu
Aguirre, Shellyn SS 127626-914-8573saguirre@citruscollege.edu
Arredondo, Lelaine SS 230626-857-4022larrendondo@citruscollege.edu
Castillo, Claudia SS 251626-914-8537ccastillo@citruscollege.edu
Desimone, Natalie SS 261626-857-4167ndesimone@citruscollege.edu
Gutierrez, Raquel SS 262626-914-4099rigutierrez@citruscollege.edu
Herrera, Rafael SS 263626-857-4078rherrera@citruscollege.edu
Longyear, Alicia SS 270626-914-8662alongyear@citruscollege.edu
McBurney, Robin SS 250626-914-8542rmcburney@citruscollege.edu
Miramontes, Nathalie SS 222626-857-4065nmiramontes@citruscollege.edu
Over, Lucinda SS 162626-852-8026lover@citruscollege.edu
Plug, Michelle SS 225626-914-8637mplug@citruscollege.edu
Rivadeneyra, Justina SS 256626-914-8636jrivadeneyra@citruscollege.edu
Rodriguez, David SS 272626-852-6461drodriguez@citruscollege.edu
Sanchez, Raul SS 224626-857-4064rsanchez@citruscollege.edu
Shimokawa, Kristie-Ann SS 254626-852-8021kshimokawa@citruscollege.edu
Sin, Eileen SS 248626-857-4002esin@citruscollege.edu
Villa, Elizabeth SS 252626-914-8848lvilla@citruscollege.edu
Villegas, Laura SS 245626-857-4093lvillegas@citruscollege.edu
Willis, Leina SS 223626-852-8559lsaikali@citruscollege.edu
Yee, Stephanie SS 257626-914-8638syee@citruscollege.edu
Yee, Flora SS 130626-914-8619fyee@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Counseling
Dean
Dr. Nicole Smith
Administrative Secretary
Jennifer Blackburn
Division Office
SS 2nd Floor
Division Phone Number
626-914-8530

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Self-advocate to meet academic, personal and career goals by successfully communicating with campus faculty and staff.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of skill awards, vocational certificates, associate degrees and transfer options to classify educational goal.
  • Achieve academic, personal, and career goals to examine self-esteem and personal awareness by effectively working with the college counselor/instructor through variety of assessments and assigned activities.
  • Identify campus and/or community services to appropriately apply them toward educational goals.
  • Develop a global appreciation and respect for diversity and cultural differences for the purpose of examining world communities and developing intercultural awareness.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, and gather specific information about occupations, career opportunities and trends to increase understanding of the relationship of the student to the economic community and develop career plans.
  • Examine topics related to student success so that they can categorize learning styles, personal strengths, and career interests.
  • (DSPS) Advocate for self by successfully requesting accommodation(s) through documented written and/or oral communication with the instructor to ensure equal access to learning.
  • (DSPS) Increase academic self-efficacy by working with a DSPS counselor to formulate realistic goals and select appropriate educational accommodations as defined by the California Community Colleges’ Chancellor’s Office that will compensate for academic challenges to create success in the academic environment.

COUN 101
Career Self-Assessment
1 Unit (AA/AS; CSU)
18 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

In this course the student will learn to appraise their self-esteem, values, skills and personality, and understand the implication of these factors in the selection of a vocational/educational goal.

COUN 103
Social Media for Job/Internship Search
2 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course will educate students on how to use social media platforms (such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) effectively in a job or internship search. Students will create a LinkedIn account, digital and traditional resumes and learn how to effectively network and communicate with employers.

COUN 110
Introduction to Online Learning with Canvas and Enhancing Digital Literacy Skills
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101E or ENGL 101H.

This course is designed to assist future or current students interested in taking online classes. Students in this course will learn concepts, tools, and techniques for online learning. Self-motivation theories will be examined. Through self-assessment, online interaction, and exploration of online learning strategies, students will develop an understanding of the skills needed to be successful when engaging in online instruction. Students will also learn an in-depth overview on how to navigate the course management system Canvas. Digital literacy skills will be covered in this class to help students develop the necessary strategies needed to evaluate effective and appropriate use of technology.

COUN 120
Managing Stress and Anxiety for Emotional Well-Being
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course is designed to increase awareness of the effects of stress and anxiety on academic performance and emotional well-being as it relates to college student success. Using a positive psychology perspective, students will explore and develop a variety of practical coping skills and techniques that they can apply in daily life. This includes how to recognize signs of burnout in order to make healthier lifestyle choices, manage emotions, and utilize campus resources for stress reduction and management. Other topics include prevention and management of stressors that are unique to the college experience such as time management, test anxiety, finances, work/life balance, motivation, perfectionism, social stressors, major/career exploration, self-esteem, and interpersonal relationship/family dynamics.

COUN 145
Career/Life Planning
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

Through personal exploration, occupational research and the study of contemporary work issues, students will increase their understanding of the relationship of the individual to the economic community and develop individual career plans.

COUN 158
Transfer Preparation
2 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

An in-depth examination of the transfer process from a California Community College to a four-year college or university. The course is designed specifically for students interested in learning about transfer admission requirements, general education patterns, major preparation, transfer application deadlines and financial aid resources available at four-year institutions. Students will be introduced to public, private and out-of-state colleges and universities, including the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) systems of higher education. Strategies to cope with transfer shock and anxiety will be explored.

COUN 160
Strategies for College Success
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

A course designed to give students the opportunity to create and change their habits and vision in order to have a rich, full, and rewarding scholastic life through adoption of positive attitude and critical thinking techniques. The course integrates the intellectual, physiological, social, and psychological aspects of being a college student. Learning strategies will be introduced that can be immediately and continuously applied so that students leave the course with confidence, enthusiasm, and a passion to succeed.

COUN 161
Higher Education Transitional Skills for Student Veterans/Families
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

A course designed to assist veterans in reintegrating to civilian life using physiological, social and psychological aspects of being a student. This course is also designed to give the veteran student the opportunity to create and change their habits and vision in order to have a rich, full, and rewarding scholastic life through adoption of positive attitude and critical thinking techniques. The course will introduce strategies to increase self-awareness, build confidence, develop leadership and gain informational tools to help achieve successful habits and implement study skills addressing the veteran student’s needs. It will provide an essential opportunity to acquire skills applicable to the student’s academic program, family life, and employability which will support transition.

COUN 200
Orientation and Educational Planning for Student Success
1 Unit (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
18 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

An orientation to Citrus College that includes programs, services, policies, degrees, certificates, transfer requirements, and college culture. Focus will be on strategies needed for academic success and the development of a Comprehensive Educational Plan.

COUN 201
My Plan, My Classes, My Degree
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

This course is designed to introduce students to a successful college and transfer experience. Students will develop a comprehensive Student Educational Plan (SEP) based on individual educational goals and discuss strategies for selecting a major. DegreeWorks will be utilized to create the comprehensive plan. Students will learn about DegreeWorks, an online web-based degree-auditing and tracking tool that enables students to evaluate their academic progress towards completion of the CSUGE, IGETC, Associates Degree's, Certificates, or Skills Award.

COUN 203
Building Grit and Resiliency for Life Long Learning and Career
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course will explore how grit, resilience, and mindset contribute to success in college, life and in career planning and goal setting. Students will design a learning and career plan through self-assessment and case studies, leading to changing mindset and enabling life-long learning and growth.

COUN 204
Pathways to Careers in the Social and Behavioral Sciences
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This course will familiarize students with the Social and Behavioral Sciences associate degrees at Citrus and will also cover requirements for transfer into baccalaureate level majors. Important aspects of Social and Behavioral Science majors as an occupational choice will be covered as well as specific study strategies and resources available to promote student success.

COUN 205
Pathways to Healthcare Careers
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

This course explores various careers in allied health and medicine and is organized into five career pathways: Biotechnology research and development, diagnostic services, health informatics, support services, and therapeutic services. This course focuses on assessment, information gathering, and career research in the development of a health care career action plan. Careers include, but are not limited to: EMT, Paramedic/Fire Science, Biotechnology, Medical Lab Technician, Nursing, Pharmacology Technology, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Respiratory Therapy and Radiologic Technology/Diagnostic Medical Sonography. A separate module will be dedicated to exploring graduate level health care careers such as Medicine (M.D. vs. DO), Optometry, Pharmacy, Chiropractic, Podiatry, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Audiology/Speech and Language Pathology, Physician Assistant, and Nurse Practitioner. Emphasis is on values clarification, career information, research skills, individual skills assessment, decision making, communication, teamwork, inter-professional education and goal setting specifically in the health care field. The course also covers health care job trends, demand, salary, and education and licensure requirements.

COUN 206
Pathways to Careers in STEM
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

This is an introduction to college course dedicated to presenting tips and techniques that will help increase and maximize performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses. This course will also expose students to various STEM subjects and careers and will delve into the transfer process.

COUN 207
Pathways to Careers in Business and Information Technology/Systems
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101.

This course will introduce students to the main components of identifying a major in business/information technology. Career fields include, but are not limited to, management, marketing, sales, real estate, banking, finance, human resources, database administration, and computer support for business organizations. Through self-assessment students will explore their work interests, personality, skills, values, strengths, and life goals in order to find purpose in their academic curriculum. This course will include career planning, occupational research, and decision-making to formulate a real-world perspective on the local and national opportunities in these fields and the requirements needed to achieve them. Students also gain job search, networking, and interview skills in preparation for an internship search, as well as how to research job trends, salary, employment projections, and educational requirements.

COUN 208
Pathways in Career and Technical Education
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

A survey of Citrus College career and technical education programs and post-secondary education in California. A survey of career and education programs which will explore career opportunities and discuss career evaluation. The course explores the options and techniques for creating a unique resume, discusses interview strategies, and includes development of a personal education plan. Other topics include self-evaluation, decision-making, goal setting, time and financial management.

COUN 210
EOP&S Summer Bridge
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: For current high school graduates who have been admitted into the EOP&S Summer Bridge program.

As the main component of the EOP&S Summer Bridge Program, this course centers around creating a successful transition from high school to college. Students will create their own plans for college success and beyond by exploring student development theories, issues relevant to first-generation college students, college success skills, and more. This course may require field trips to local universities. Field trip dates will be given in advance.

COUN 212
Valuing Diversity
3 Units (AA/AS; Citrus D2; CSU; CSUGE D; CSUGE E)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

This course will increase the level of cultural literacy and awareness for students by examining the complexities of interpersonal relationships within the diverse cultures and ethnic groups in our society. Students will examine their attitudes and cultural perceptions, while exploring self-concepts, values, beliefs, communication styles, religion, gender, ageism, and lifestyles in order to increase respect for cultural differences and to develop a sense of community and advocacy. The course will also explore how culture and diversity differences impact the world of work.

EAC 085
E-Text Basics
1 Unit
18 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass

The course is designed to teach students with text disabilities to access and effectively utilize electronic text (e-text).

EAC 088
Strategies for Stress and Anxiety Management
1 Unit
18 lecture hours
Equivalent to: DSPS 088

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass

The course is designed to teach stress management and social emotional learning strategies to students with anxiety related symptoms and how it impacts their thoughts, emotions and behavior.

EAC 090
Empowerment for Students with Disabilities
2 Units
36 lecture hours
Equivalent to: DSPS 090

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass

A course designed to facilitate successful transition to the collegiate level for new students with disabilities. Upon completion of this course, students will be better prepared to assert their needs, make decisions, and practice coping strategies pertinent to their unique situation. This course is offered for Pass/No Pass grading only.

EAC 092
Study Skills for Students with Disabilities
2 Units
36 lecture hours
Equivalent to: DSPS 092

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass

The course is designed to teach compensatory strategies for students with disabilities as a way to mitigate educational limitations and/or acquire the fundamental study skills necessary to complete their educational goals.