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Center for Curriculum and Transfer Articulation
Victimology and Crisis Management
Course: AJS258

First Term: 2003 Spring
Lecture   3 Credit(s)   3 Period(s)   3 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S

Description: 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

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Describe historical changes in the way society views and handles victims. (I)
2. Identify the social forces and events which resulted in the victim movement. (I)
3. Describe criminal victimization in the United States. (II)
4. Identify and describe two major data sources for measuring crime. (II)
5. Explain the purpose of victim rights. (II)
6. Describe the function of victim assistance programs and crisis response teams linked to criminal justice agencies. (II)
7. Describe the typologies related to rape and the rape trauma syndrome. (III)
8. Describe historical changes in the way society has viewed and dealt with family violence, including the battered wife syndrome. (III)
9. Explain the factors that impact on child abuse, neglect and describe its effects on child victims. (III)
10. Define the term \223crisis,\224 and explain common causes of crises. (IV)
11. Identify and describe various treatment modalities for crises. (IV)
12. Identify one\222s own coping mechanism\222s in stressful situations. (V)
13. Identify and describe techniques for managing burnout and stress. (V)
14. Describe the significance of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age. (V)
15. Describe the processes for crisis intervention. (VI)
16. Identify and describe community agencies and resources related to crisis intervention and victimology, and explain the process of making referral to these organizations. (VI)
17. Describe issues in cross-cultural communication. (VI)
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. The History of Victimology
   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. Extent of criminal victimization
   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. \223Crisis\224 defined
   B. Causes of crisis
      1. Situational
      2. Age-related
      3. Loss
      4. AIDS
      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\222s coping strategies
   D. Referrals to human resource agencies
   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
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date:  6/27/2000

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