Maricopa Community Colleges  AJS258   19952-20005 
Official Course Description: MCCCD Approval: 11/22/94
AJS258 19952-20005 LEC 3 Credit(s) 3 Period(s)
Domestic Problems and Crises
To acquaint personnel in law enforcement and related fields with techniques and agencies of domestic intervention. Considers such topics as family fights, child abuse, suicide, death, drug abuse and runaways. Prerequisites: PSY101 with a grade of "C" or better or permission of instructor.
Cross-References: PSY258
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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:
AJS258   19952-20005 Domestic Problems and Crises
1. Explain the concept of a crisis and the goals of crisis therapy. (I)
2. Describe the biological and environmental determinants of human behavior. (II)
3. Describe the process of human communication and factors which affect it. (III)
4. Describe the purpose and process of therapeutic interviewing, including techniques for intervention. (IV)
5. Identify and describe the steps for working with persons in crisis. (V)
6. Describe common crisis reactions. (VI)
7. Describe crises which arise in relation to the family. (VII)
8. Describe crises which arise in relation to the life cycle. (VII)
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MCCCD Official Course Outline:
AJS258   19952-20005 Domestic Problems and Crises
    I. Theoretical considerations
        A. Crisis theory
        B. What is a crisis?
        C. Identifying a person in crisis
        D. Causes of crisis
        E. Crisis therapy versus traditional psychotherapy
        F. Goals of crisis therapy
      II. Human behavior
          A. Understanding human behavior
            1. Biological determinants of human behavior
            2. Family as basis for molding personality
          B. Psychic system
            1. Self-concept
            2. Human needs
          C. Motivation
          D. Dynamic unconscious
          E. Nature of human conflict and methods of adaptation
          F. Anxiety
            1. Manifestations of anxiety
            2. Meaning of anxiety for the person in crisis
          G. Depression
            1. Manifestations of depression
            2. Causes of depression
            3. Origin of depression
            4. Depression and anger
        III. Communication process in crisis intervention
            A. What is human communication?
            B. Factors affecting communication
            C. Receiver
            D. Process of reception
            E. Successful communication
          IV. Process and techniques of therapeutic interviewing
              A. Purpose of the therapeutic interview
              B. Process of interviewing
              C. Techniques of interviewing
              D. Techniques of intervention
            V. Procedures for working with people in crisis
                A. Basic attitude and approach
                B. Steps for working with persons in crisis
              VI. Common crisis reactions
                  A. Anxiety
                  B. Depression
                  C. Crisis reactions with potential for violence
                  D. Bereavement and grief
                VII. Family and life cycle crises
                    A. The family
                    B. The life cycle
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