Darton State College Catalog 2013 - 2014 - page 425

1100 Introduction to Human Services
This course is designed to provide the student with an awareness of the
conditions in modern society that impact the health of individuals, families, &
communities. It provides an introduction to the field of human services. Topics
include the history and philosophical foundations of human services & the
identification of populations served by human service workers. The principles of
human services, essential skills, & roles required to develop an appreciation of
what it means to be a human services worker are emphasized. Students will also
explore current trends and changes in the human services and health care
delivery system; the emerging data base on the mind-body relationship in health
and illness. Attention is specifically given to managed care and its impact on
health care delivery, the biopsychosocial model of assessment and diagnosis,
and the interpretation of journal articles from professional health-related
Prerequisite: None.
Offered: Fall and on demand.
1105 Therapeutic Communications for Healthcare Professionals
An introductory course covering the communication skills essential to a helping
relationship using a patient/client centered model. Skills emphasized are
interviewing, listening, attending to patient/client verbal & non-verbal cues,
problem-definition, negotiation, confrontation, & written documentation.
Application of communication theory & utilization of communication skills to elicit
a psychosocial history, identify patient/client assets & limitations, & to arrive at a
mutually acceptable definition of the "problem" with a range of human services
clientele are emphasized. The central focus of this course is on how a repertoire
of communication skills relate to critical thinking & problem-solving skills.
Prerequisites: PSYC 1101, HUST 1100 or permission of instructor.
Offered: Spring.
1110 Families and Other Systems
This didactic & experiential course provides an introduction to family systems
theory and its implication in family assessment, family therapy, & agency/
institution analysis. Topics include an historical perspective on the evolution of
family therapy, basic system theory concepts as applied to families & other
systems, the family life cycle, & an overview of the major models of family
therapy. The student will learn basic family assessment methods & interventions
to enable the development of initial treatment plans & facilitate the referral of
families to the appropriate community resources.
Prerequisites: HUST 1100, PSYC 1101 or permission of the instructor.
Offered: Spring.
1115 Crisis Intervention
In this course emphasis is placed on both theoretical & practical understanding of
human crises. The term "crisis" is defined, levels of severity of crises are
differentiated, basic crisis counseling to evaluate crises are introduced,
intervention techniques are explored, & crisis resolution is examined.
Prerequisite: Admission to HST program or permission of the instructor.
Offered: Fall.
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