HSER Technical Standards

Our program technical standards have been developed to help students understand the minimum essential mental, physical, and behavioral skills necessary for participation in and completion of all core aspects of our curriculum.

  General Specific
Thinking Skills Apply concepts from human development research and best practices in the field to work effectively with individuals and their families.
  • Read textbooks and handouts.
  • Do research using library and Internet resources.
  • Identify and define problems.
  • Discuss issues and challenges in the field.
  • Analyze case studies.
  • Explain connections between causes and effects.
  • Suggest possible solutions to problems.
  • Create and implement developmentally appropriate service plans.
  • Select appropriate counseling and guidance techniques.
  • Evaluate services and plans for needed improvements.
Sensory/Observation Skills Make independent observations and assessments of individuals and their environments in order to make proper referrals.
  • Observe and evaluate appearance and behavior of individuals in one-on-one or group settings.
  • Assess environment for health and safety.
  • Perceive verbal and nonverbal cues and respond appropriately.
Motor Skills Possess sufficient physical condition and mobility to perform practicum responsibilities.
  • Travel to conduct on-site visits, interviews, or group discussions.
  • Maintain regular attendance to meet practicum requirements.
  • Meet physical requirements which vary by practicum site.
Communication Skills Communicate effectively to gather and convey information.
  • Participate in group discussions.
  • Follow instructions.
  • Compose referrals or instructions.
  • Plan and conduct interviews.
  • Write essays and reports.
  • Do presentations.
Behavioral Skills Behave appropriately and safely in a social services environment.
  • Demonstrate maturity and sensitivity in dealing with people of all ages.
  • Exercise good judgment.
  • Work cooperatively with partners and groups.
  • Use appropriate interpersonal skills.
  • Follow safety procedures.
Environmental Tolerance Function safely in a typical classroom environment
  • Work for prolonged periods amidst: Artificial lighting, Air conditioning, Dust and odors, Residue from cleaning products

Disability Accommodations

We have developed our technical standards in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. We will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities. If you are interested in our program, we encourage you to review these technical standards and course information at to decide whether this program is right for you.

If you have questions about this program, please call the Honolulu CC Counseling Office at 845-9129. Individuals with hearing impairments may call 845-9270 (v/t) or use the Telecommunication Relay Service at 1-877-447-5990.

If you have questions about disability access and accommodations, please direct them to Honolulu CC's Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) at 845-9282 (v/t), 845-9272 (v/t), or e-mail accesshcc-l@lists.hawaii.edu