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Fall 2021

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HUS103 - Family Crisis Intervention

Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Presents the causes, dimensions and ramifications of family problems and violence including child abuse. Covers intervention approaches by human services agencies and law enforcement, legal aspects of violence cases, and the multidisciplinary approach to effective treatment plans.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

1. Describe 6 functions of a healthy family and unhealthy family.

2. Draw Maslow's Theory of the hierarchy of needs and explain why it is important in Human services.

3. Draw and discuss the cycle of violence.

4. Describe 3 facts about the history of domestic family violence in society, the history of intervention as it relates to family, child and elder abuse, and why it is important to know this.

5. For domestic/dating violence, child abuse and elder abuse provide:
a. components of each
b. 2 myths about each type
c. 2 reasons why victims don't leave or tell
d. 2 indicators of abuse in each type of situation
e. 2 characteristics of abusers

6. Identify 2 ways domestic violence impacts on children.

7.*Using a specific domestic violence case discuss the following:
a.2 problems in family functioning
b.2 things the family did well
c.An example for each violence stage and phase
d.2 characteristics of the violence
e.2 ways to resolve the crisis
f.2 resources that could have helped resolve the situation more effectively or that could have prevented it
g.2 ways a professional assisted positively or 2 ways it could have been done better.
h.2 ways society impacted on the situation, its causes or resolutions.

8. State 2 facts about how the NYS Child Abuse Reporting Register works and 5 facts about how Child Protective Services investigates reports of child abuse in NYS.

9. Define the term mandated reporter, state 2 requirements dictated by law and give 5 professions that must report suspected child abuse. What are two misconceptions about reporting child abuse?

10. Describe 2 benefits of using a multidisciplinary team approach in investigating and prosecuting child sexual abuse cases. Add 2 ways a child advocacy center can help victims. Explain the term empowerment in working with victims.

* This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the Comprehensive Assessment Plan of the college. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment.


Content Outline:
1. The healthy family
2. Crisis theory and intervention
3. The legal system
4. History of domestic violence
5. Family violence: definition, theories, myths, impact, cultural influence
6. Case analysis
7. Elder Abuse
8. Child Abuse
9. Professionals working with domestic violence cases
10. The multidisciplinary team approach
11. Alternatives for changing the way NYS methods deal
with family violence

Effective Term: Spring 2015