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Fall 2012

Human Services Courses:

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HUS103 - Family Crisis Intervention
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents the causes, dimensions and ramifications of family problems and violence including child abuse. Covers intervention approaches by human services agencies and law enforcement, legal aspects of violence cases, and the multidisciplinary approach to effective treatment plans.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
The student will demonstrate the following in writing:

1.Describe 4 dimensions and 6 functions of a healthy family.
2.Draw Maslow's Theory of the hierarchy of needs.
3.List 3 facts about a crisis and 3 results of a crisis emotionally.
4.Name 2 differences between family and criminal court and 1 advantage for each. Define the following:
a.Orders of Protection
b.The court process
c.1994 Omnibus Domestic Violence Bill
5.Define the term violence and explain 4 theories of violence in families. Discuss the cycle of violence.
6.Describe 3 facts about the history of domestic violence in society.
7.Name 2 reasons why wives are most often seen as the victims in domestic violence situations. State 2 myths about wife assault and 2 reasons why women don't leave. What are 2 signs a woman is ready to leave a violent relationship. Give 2 characteristics of men who abuse their wives.
8.Name and briefly discuss at least 2 of the common features or similarities that exist in all types of family violence.
9.Identify 2 ways domestic violence impacts on children.
10.Explain a specific example of how our culture approves of violence and how it might contribute to family violence.
11.*Using a specific domestic violence case discuss the following:
a.2 problems in family functioning
b.2 things the family did well
c.An example for each violence stage and phase
d.2 characteristics of the violence
e.2 ways to resolve the crisis
f.2 resources that could have helped resolve the situation more effectively or that could have prevented it
g.2 ways a professional assisted positively or 2 ways it could have been done better.
h.2 ways society impacted on the situation, its causes or resolutions.
12.Define elder abuse, 3 causes for it and 1 way it differs from child abuse.
13.Give 4 facts about the history of child abuse. Name 3 causes of child abuse and its link to poverty, stress, etc. Add 3 indicators of child abuse for parents and 3 for children.
14.State 2 facts about how the Child Abuse Reporting Register works and 5 facts about how Child Protective Services investigates reports of child abuse in NYS. Define self supervision. Define child abuse and neglect (from NYS law).
15. Define the term mandated reporter, state 2 requirements dictated by law and give
5 professions that must report suspected child abuse. What are two
misconceptions about reporting child abuse?
16.Name 2 ways professionals can protect themselves while working in domestic violence situations.
17.Describe 2 benefits of using a multidisciplinary team approach in investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse cases. Add 2 ways a child advocacy center can help victims. Explain the term empowerment in working with victims.
18.Give 2 things that can be changed in the way NYS deals with family violence and one way each could be changed to be better. Name 2 obstacles that could prevent these changes from taking place and 2 ways to eliminate these road blocks.

* This course objective has been identified as a student-learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.

Content Outline:
1. The healthy family
2. Crisis theory and intervention
3. The legal system
4. History of domestic violence
5. Family violence: definition, theories, myths, impact, cultural influence
6. Case analysis
7. Elder Abuse
8. Child Abuse
9. Professionals working with domestic violence cases
10. The multidisciplinary team approach
11. Alternatives for changing the way NYS methods deal
with family violence



Effective Term: Fall 2002