Maricopa Community Colleges  AJS258   952-999 

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval: 5-23-2000

FSC258  2000 Fall – 2002 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

Victimology and Crisis Management

Focuses on victimology and techniques of crises intervention; and the importance of multicultural perspective.  Includes coverage of sexual assault, family violence, child abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, coping skills, stress management, and community resources.

Prerequisites: None.

Cross-References:  AJS/EMT/SWU258


Course Attribute(s):

General Education Designation: Social and Behavioral Sciences - [SB]

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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


FSC258  2000 Fall – 2002 Fall

Victimology and Crisis Management



Describe historical changes in the way society views and handles victims.  (I)


Identify the social forces and events which resulted in the victim movement.  (I)


Describe criminal victimization in the United States.  (II)


Identify and describe two major data sources for measuring crime.  (II)


Explain the purpose of victim rights.  (II)


Describe the function of victim assistance programs and crisis response teams linked to criminal justice agencies.  (II)


Describe the typologies related to rape and the rape trauma syndrome.  (III)


Describe historical changes in the way society has viewed and dealt with family violence, including the battered wife syndrome.  (III)


Explain the factors that impact on child abuse, neglect and describe its effects on child victims.  (III)


Define the term “crisis,” and explain common causes of crises.  (IV)


Identify and describe various treatment modalities for crises.  (IV)


Identify one’s own coping mechanism’s in stressful situations.  (V)


Identify and describe techniques for managing burnout and stress.  (V)


Describe the significance of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age.  (V)


Describe the processes for crisis intervention.  (VI)


Identify and describe community agencies and resources related to crisis intervention and victimology, and explain the process of making referral to these organizations.  (VI)


Describe issues in cross-cultural communication.  (VI)

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MCCCD Official Course Outline:


FSC258  2000 Fall – 2002 Fall

Victimology and Crisis Management


I. The History of Victomology

A. Evolution of definitions and theories related to victims

B. Past responses to victims

C. The victim movement


II. The criminal Justice System and its Relationship to Victims

A. Understanding human behavior

B. Victim rights

C. Services and intervention linked to criminal justice agencies


III. Types of Victimology

A. Sexual Assault

B. Family violence (partner and elder abuse)

C. Child Abuse


IV. Theoretical Considerations in Crisis Management

A. “Crisis” defined

B. Causes of crisis

1. Situational

2. Age-related

3. Loss


5. Substance abuse

C. Crisis intervention modalities


V. Ethical and Professional Issues

A. Coping skills and stress management for the professional and paraprofessional

B. Managing burnout

C. Multicultural perspective

D. Diversity Issues


VI. Processes of Crisis Intervention

A. Developing rapport and maintaining contact

1. Interviewing skills

2. Attending skills

B. Identification of problem and therapeutic intervention

C. Exploring the client’s coping strategies

D. Referrals to human resource agencies


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