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Course Number: COSER 9 
Self Development for Human Services Workers
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Examination of attitudes and values basic to human services work: Exploration of personal characteristics which facilitate helping relationships.  2104.00

 

Course Number: COSER 10
Community Resources and Social Policy
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture, l hour laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Identification of major social resources: Selective investigation of service agencies through direct observations in the community, followed by study and analysis; evolution of social welfare as an institution; relationship to socio-economic and political forces, and cultural values; changing approaches to social provision, decision making, and policy formation. 2104.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D; IGETC area 4

 

Course Number: COSER 16A
Communication: Theory and Practice
Units: 2-3
Class:  2-3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Communication in the helping professions: Observation and listening skills, conflict resolution, decision making, interviewing, and written communication.  2104.00
AA/AS area 4d (if course taken for 3 or more units); CSU area E

 

Course Number: COSER 16B
Communication: Families in Crisis
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Principles and methods relating to understanding and working with individuals and families in crisis situations: Examination of family process, rules, and interaction through presentation of theoretical material and involvement in role play situations; short-term counseling techniques and skills.  2104.00

 

Course Number: COSER 20
Group Dynamics: Working with Small Groups
Units: 2-3
Class:  2-3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Theory and practice of small groups through participation in problem situations which occur in the life of a group: Stages of group development, group climate, roles and leadership.  2104.00 CSU area E

 

Course Number: COSER 21
Psychology/Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse
Units: 3-4
Class:  3-4 hours lecture (GR or P/NP) Acceptable for credit: CSU
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Introduction to the phenomena of psychoactive substances on human behavior and the human body: Examines factors involved in addiction, both physical and psychological; and examines psychological and physiological effects of various categories of psychoactive substances. 2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 22
Social Psychology of Substance/ Drug Abuse
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Overview of the social psychology of substance and drug abuse in the United States: Substance abuse in the context of culture and life styles, mores, needs, attitudes, and values of substance abusers as reflected in addiction and in vulnerability to addiction; physical and psychological outcomes of drug addiction; treatment for drug addiction; drug use and its impact on specific populations; and exploration of careers associated with substance abuse and alcohol/drug treatment programs.  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 24
Human Development
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC
Description: Survey of human development from childhood through old age: Problems and challenges of individual development considered as a psychological, social, intellectual and physical process.  2104.00
AA/AS area 2; CSU area D, E; IGETC area 4

 

Course Number: COSER 25
Maintaining Sobriety and Relapse Prevention
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Examination of the dynamics and other variables involved in the establishment of sobriety: Dynamics of addiction; steps, practices, and other factors in maintenance of sobriety; and approaches and techniques to preventing relapse, including life orientation and maintaining success in recovery.  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 26
Case Management for Substance Abuse Paraprofessionals
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Study of basic principles of case management for paraprofessionals in the treatment of addiction and substance abuse: Principles and processes of intake, screening, assessment, referral, development of treatment plans, and issues of confidentiality and ethics; importance and value of interdisciplinary collaboration in the treatment of addiction.  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 27
Crisis Management for Substance Abuse
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Study of the basic principles and skills needed to deal with crisis situations arising in the treatment of drug addicts, alcoholics, substance abusers, and individuals with psychological disabilities or mental illness: Crisis intervention protocols and procedures for dealing with suicide, criminal behavior, aggression, domestic violence, sexual abuse, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 28
Dual Diagnosis: Mental Illness and Drug Abuse
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Assessment, referral, and paraprofessional collaboration in working with substance abusers with psychological disabilities or mental illness: Prevalence and parallels of psychological/mental disabilities and substance abuse; treatment and recovery issues relating to the combination of both; types of mental health issues found with addiction, with specific focus on antisocial and borderline personality disorders as they relate to substance abuse; diagnostic criteria, assessment techniques, counseling techniques for paraprofessionals, risk factors, and relapse prevention.  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 29
Working with Diverse Populations
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Examination of the various ethnic, racial, and other diverse groups (disability, sexual orientation, etc.) that make up the population of American society: Historical context of the experiences and treatment of various U.S. minority groups (African-Americans, Mexicans, Native Americans, the Irish, Chinese, and other diverse groups); government policies and laws and their impact on these various groups; and society’s response to physical and psychological/ mental disabilities.  2104.40
AA/AS area 2, 5; CSU area D, E

 

Course Number: COSER 40
Community Social Services Field Experience
Units: 3
Class:  2 hours lecture, 8 hours field experience weekly (GR)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Course study under this section may be repeated two times for a maximum of 9 units.
Description: Field work under supervision in community organizations and projects: Working with people in human services settings, combined with participation in weekly seminar to integrate academic learning with the field experience.  2104.00

 

Course Number: COSER 41
Substance Abuse and the Law
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Overview of the civil and criminal justice system with particular reference to substance abuse: Knowledge needed by service workers and police officers who deal with legal problems experienced by substance abusers.  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 42
Counseling Skills and Substance Abuse
Units: 3
Class:  3 hours lecture (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: Investigation of counseling skills with particular application to substance abuse: Skills needed by those working with substance abusers in a group/resident setting and in a social model program.  2104.40

 

Course Number: COSER 48NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Community Social Services
Units: .5-9
Class:  0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: See Section on Selected Topics.  2104.00

 

Course Number: COSER 49
Independent Study in Community Social Services
Units: .5-5
Class:  (GR or P/NP)
Course study under this section may be repeated three times for a maximum of 5 units.
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: See Section on Independent Study.  2104.00

 

Course Number: COSER 248NA-TZ
Selected Topics in Community Social Services
Units: .5-9
Class:  0-9 hours lecture, 0-27 hours laboratory (GR or P/NP)
Acceptable for credit: CSU
Description: See Section on Selected Topics.  2104.00