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2022-23 RCC Catalog

Family Support Services

Career and Technical Courses

ECE125 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Development

Provides an overview of child development from conception through eight years of age. The focus is on studying and observing the physical, cognitive, language, emotional, and social characteristics of the child during this period. Includes the Child Development Associate (CDA) subject areas of child growth and development and observation as well as the functional areas of physical, cognitive, communication, and creative. Child observations are required. Community observations in early childhood settings may be required. Course may include an online component. Equivalent to ECE125A, ECE125B and ECE125C. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

ECE151 (3 credits)
Guiding Children in Group Settings

Addresses positive ways to support children’s social-emotional development from birth to age eight by understanding children’s behavior. Focuses on adult-child and child-child interactions and relationships. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score; and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165 or permission of Instructor.

ECE245 (3 credits)
Promoting Social/Emotional Development of Young Children

Explores strategies to help children develop the social and emotional tools needed to manage their own behavior, exhibit more prosocial behavior, and master social skills. Addresses how to support children who have particular social needs such as shyness, aggressive behavior, and hearing or visual impairments. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE151, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE265 (3 credits)
Children at Risk

Explores the types of trauma experienced by young children, the impact of trauma on early brain development, and principles of working with children and families who have experienced trauma. Emphasizes trauma-informed practices and importance of self-reflection and self-care for professionals. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE242 (3 credits)
Parenting Education and Family Support

Promotes understanding of the body of knowledge in the field of parenting education and skills in effective parenting education practices, both in group and home settings. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and HS158.

ECE275 (3 credits)
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Education

Explores the role of the adult in helping children accept and appreciate diversity and uphold values of equity, inclusion and social justice. Course may include an online component. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and ECE125, ECE161, ECE163, or ED165.

ECE258 (3 credits)
Early Childhood Home Visitation

Explores the role of the early childhood home visitor in providing effective services to families with young children in the home setting. Focuses on understanding the parent-child relationship and attachment, supporting child development knowledge, responding to individual family culture, and incorporating a trauma-informed care approach. Prerequisites: BT113 or WR115 or designated placement score, and HS155, HS158.

HS155 (4 credits)
Interviewing Theory and Techniques

Provides theory and practice in basic counseling skills. Course is based on Carl Rogers' active listening approach. The course also helps students begin to think critically about their own counseling skills and to document the process in written format. Prerequisites: HS100 and HS170.

HS158 (3 credits)
Trauma-informed Care: Theory & Practice

Introduces students to the phenomenon of psychological trauma as well as the impact of physical trauma on the psychological functioning of individuals, couples and families. The course will include the history and current theories in the field, the nature of trauma, and its impact on the developing individual across various domains of functioning. Also included in this class is a survey of emerging promising practices in the healthcare field, including an exploration of the effects of working with trauma survivors on service providers and the unintended re-traumatization of survivors by social service systems. Students will explore the concept of trauma-informed care and be introduced to examples of trauma-informed systems. Prerequisites: WR115 or designated placement score, and PSY201. Recommended prerequisite: PSY202.

HS175 (1 credit)
Ethics for Counselors

Prepares students for ethical decision making in the human services field. Includes study of selected professional Codes of Ethics. Case studies will be utilized for additional practice and integration. Prerequisite: HS100 and acceptance into a Human Services program.

HS200 (3 credits)
Child Abuse and Neglect

Examines historical and contemporary perspectives on child maltreatment, including neglect, physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, and ritualistic abuse of children. The course will also touch on various type of elder abuse. Students will study the psycho-social impact of maltreatment on victims and their families, along with treatments available for survivors, abusers and their families. Students will be acquainted with the developmental, medical and legal aspects of the different types of abuse and will study the indicators of abuse, intervention, prevention, reporting criteria, and legal procedures. Formerly offered as HDFS260. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

HS201 (3 credits)
Family Dynamics

Explores the dynamics of the family and its role in shaping the lives of its members. It offers a framework of understanding the influences of family, focusing on both effective and maladaptive responses to stressors such as poverty, addictions, divorce, etc. This understanding is central to the further study of how social services are designed and delivered to individuals and families in need. It is a required course in the Human Services AAS program, and an elective for transfer students in human services. Prerequisites: HS155 and PSY201.

HS210 (3 credits)
Motivational Interviewing

Designed as the second in a two-course sequence (See HS155) designed to introduce students to intentional interviewing and as a foundation for developing basic counseling skills. Focus will be on developing more intensive counseling skills with significant opportunity for hands-on practice. Prerequisites: HS155 and HS202.

HS261A (1 credit), HS261B (2 credits)
HS261C (3 credits), HS261D (4 credits)
HS261E (5 credits), HS261F (6 credits)
HS261G (7 credits)
Human Services Practicum and Seminar

Provides on-site clinical and community experience with human service organizations plus weekly seminars. Students are expected to arrange for a field placement with an approved agency prior to the start of class. Seminars are designed to provide supervision and help students integrate field, classroom experiences and interviewing skills. Prerequisites: HS100 and HS170.

HS266 (3 credits)
Crisis Intervention Strategies

Part of a sequence of courses teaching theory and practice in assessment, intervention, and case handling strategies for the helping professional. The current course focuses on crisis situations, including assessment of function and lethality, appraisal of the individual, intervention strategies, case management, referral resources, ethical and professional issues, and specific situational stressors which may lead to a crisis state. Emphasis is on defusing the crisis situation, enhancing mobility and self-determination and ensuring the safety of the client and community. Suicide and other dangers to self and others are of particular concern, as well as the personal and social implications of involuntary hospitalization, civil commitment, and follow-up treatment, including delayed stress reactions and other consequences of crisis events. Prerequisites: HS155 and HS210.

SOC243 (4 credits)
Drugs, Crime and Addiction

Introduces students to the dynamics of drug and alcohol addiction and the social and legal issues of drug abuse. Examines the political considerations behind contemporary drug enforcement policy. Explores the historical origins of the illegal drug trade. Dual numbered as CJ243. Prerequisite: WR115 or designated placement score.

PSY101 (3 credits)
Psychology of Human Relations

Focuses on the practical application of psychology in everyday situations. Topics include self-concept, emotions, needs, values, healthy relationships, interpersonal communications, and behavioral change. The course provides students an experiential opportunity to develop an understanding and awareness of themselves and others, and a variety of practical tools for the development of interpersonal skills. Emphasis is on becoming a more effective member of the human community. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90 or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90) or designated placement scores.

PSY201 (4 credits)
General Psychology I

Provides students with the foundational knowledge required for further study in the field of psychology. It is designed to help students gain a historical perspective of the field of psychology; an understanding of the scientific method applied to human behavior, and knowledge of the physiology of human behavior including the brain functions, sensations and perception process. The course also explores states of consciousness, memory, learning theory, cognition, language and creativity, motivation, emotion and stress, and provides training in the application of study skills, critical thinking, and cross-cultural awareness. Prerequisite: WR115 or BT113 or designated placement score.

PSY202 (4 credits)
General Psychology II

Continues the overview of the general psychology curriculum begun in PSY201 and prepares students for continued study in more advanced psychology classes. This course is designed to help students gain an understanding of human development including personality testing, personality development and intelligence; psychopathology and current methods of treating psychopathology; social psychology; and human sexuality and gender development. PSY202 also provides training in the application of study skills, critical thinking, and cross-cultural awareness. Prerequisite: WR115 or BT113 or designated placement score. Recommended prerequisite: PSY201.

PSY215 (4 credits)
Lifespan Human Development

Provides an overview of human development explored from a variety of perspectives. The primary objective is to examine biological, socio-cultural, and psychological factors that influence each stage of the life cycle, from conception until death. Exploration focuses on life tasks and societal expectations, physical and cognitive changes, and personality development across the lifespan. Both normative and non-normative pathways are considered. The course provides a bridge between biological science and social science and is an essential component for students entering the fields of nursing and human services. Prerequisite: WR115 or BT113 or designated placement score. Co-requisite: PSY201.

HC100 (6 credits)
Community Health Worker

Approved by the Oregon Health Authority, this course prepares students to be certified as community health workers in Oregon. Provides training in front-line public health care with an understanding and connection to the communities they serve. Also provides training in facilitating patient access to health and social services and to improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. Trains students to provide culturally appropriate health education and information, assist people in receiving the care they need, give informal counseling and guidance on health behaviors, advocate for individuals and community health needs, and provide some direct services such as first aid and blood pressure screening. Prerequisites: RD90 and WR90, or WR91 (WR91 substitutes for both RD90 and WR90), or designated placement scores.

2022-23 RCC Catalog