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Administrative Unit: Criminal Justice Administration and Human Services Department
Course Prefix and Number: HUMS 250
Course Title: Working with Individuals
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: Theories and methods for working with individuals.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall and Spring.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Textbooks listed are not necessarily the textbook(s) used in the course. Textbook chosen should include theory and technique appropriate for baccalaureate level practice.

Microskills and Theoretical Foundations for Professional Helpers
By Poorman, P.B. (Pearson Education, Inc.)
Interviewing for Solutions
By De Jong, P. and Berg, I. K. (Brooks/Cole)
Course Objectives
  • To understand, explain and evaluate different theories for working with individuals.
  • To analyze and explore methods for working with individuals.
  • To demonstrate interviewing techniques.
  • To conduct a single subject design.
    Measurable Learning
  • Differentiate between various treatment theories.
  • Conduct a single subject design study.
  • Use techniques for working with individuals.
  • Explain single-subject design as it is used to evaluate practice.
  • Collaborate with individuals during all phases of work.
  • Show warmth, empathy, genuineness and positive regard for the dignity and worth of the individual.
  • Identify issues of diversity.
  • Assist clients in obtaining resources for the promotion, restoration and maintenance and/or enhancement of their well being.
    Topical Outline:
  • Nonverbal communication
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Restating content
  • Reflecting feelings
  • Asking questions
  • Preparing for action
  • Advanced helping skills
  • Person-centered theory of helping
  • Behavioral theories of helping
  • Cognitive-Behavioral theories of helping
  • Psychodynamic theories of helping
  • Family systems theories of helping
  • Sociocultural theories of helping: feminist theories
  • Sociocultural theories of helping: multicultural theories
  • Crisis intervention and suicide prevention
  • Interviewing as research
  • Single subject design

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25

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    Prepared by: Lia Willis Date: April 21, 2006
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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