Maricopa Community Colleges  PSY258   952-999 

Official Course Description:   MCCCD Approval:  11/22/94  

PSY258     19952-20005


3 Credit(s)

3 Period(s)

Domestic Problems and Crises

Acquaints 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:   AJS258





Go to Competencies    Go to Outline

MCCCD Official Course Competencies:



PSY258  19952-20005

Domestic Problems and Crises



Explain the concept of a crisis and the goals of crisis therapy. (I)


Describe the biological and environmental determinants of human behavior. (II)


Describe the process of human communication and factors which affect it. (III)


Describe the purpose and process of therapeutic interviewing, including techniques for intervention. (IV)


Identify and describe the steps for working with persons in crisis. (V)


Describe common crisis reactions. (VI)


Describe crises which arise in relation to the family. (VII)


Describe crises which arise in relation to the life cycle. (VII)



Go to Description    Go to top of Competencies

MCCCD Official Course Outline:



PSY258  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


Go to Description    Go to top of Competencies    Go to top of Outline