Lorain County Community College Catalog

Course Descriptions

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HMSR 111 - PRINCIPLES OF INTERVIEW/COUNSELING 3(3)
An introduction to the components of interviewing and counseling within the helping professions. Identification of interviewer and counselor characteristics which have proven to be successful. Involves role play, video analysis, audio and video taping of student interviews.

HMSR 121 - INTRODUCTION TO GERONTOLOGY 3(3)
Historical perspectives and cross cultural attitudes on aging are examined. Myths and facts about older adults are presented, as are various theories about aging and other macro issues that provide a broad context for introducing the student to gerontology. Other topics include social policies, housing, transportation, health care programs and policies.

HMSR 131 - DIVERSE POPULATIONS/HUMAN SERVICES 3(3)
This course addresses the dynamics of working with diverse populations. The focus is on groups that have been discriminated due to social, physical and/or behavioral characteristics. Groups to be studied include persons with physical or mental disabilities, the gay and lesbian population, children with AIDS, and ethnic minorities. The relevant psychological and/or sociopolitical considerations relevant to working with these groups, the advocacy role and service strategies will be discussed. An overview of the American with Disabilities Act and other legal issues are covered in this course.

HMSR 141 - INTRODUCTION TO CHEMICAL DEPENDENCY 3(3)
Students learn about the causes and symptoms of addiction and treatment strategies used with drug and alcohol-addicted individuals. Impact on the family is addressed, as are special groups and issues in chemical dependency. Prevention strategies are discussed.

Prerequisite: PSYH 151 or divisional approval

HMSR 161 - FAMILY AND INTIMATE VIOLENCE 3(3)
This course addresses the dynamics of emotional, physical and sexual violence among family members and other intimate relationships. Special emphasis is given to child abuse, sexual assault, spouse abuse, dating violence, and elder abuse. Students learn about legal options and the role of the helping professional.

Prerequisite: SOCY 151 or divisional approval

HMSR 190 - HEALTH & SAFETY MR/DD 2(2)
This course addresses in detail all aspects of the health and welfare of people with cognitive impairments due to mental retardation and developmental disabilities, including major unusual incidents (MUIs), healthy person standards (HPS), health management practices, documentation and information management, medication administration, and the abuser registry. This course is restricted to employees of agencies that provide services to people with mental retardation and developmental disabilities.

HMSR 191 - ADDICTION COUNSELING I 3(3)
This course serves as an introduction to addiction counseling. This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of how to identify and assess individuals with addictions. Goals, principals, and methods of effective treatment will be examined as well as the process of recovery and problems that can arise during recovery. Neurological, physiological, psychological, and cultural basis of addictions across the lifespan will be examined along with assessment/screening tools, motivational interviewing and the impact of addictions on the family system. Students will learn about the history of the prevention discipline, the theories, and research based approaches that guide the effective implementation of programs and strategies.

Prerequisite: Concurrent: PSYH 151, HMSR 111 and ENGL 161

HMSR 211 - CRISIS INTERVENTION 3(3)
This course introduces students to the interpersonal dynamics of various crisis situations faced by social service workers. Crisis intervention strategies used by social service workers are discussed and demonstrated. Students are required to participate in role plays and to analyze case studies utilizing techniques learned in class. Students identify and demonstrate effective techniques for intervention in potential suicide, victimization, family bereavements situations, and determine conditions where referral is more appropriate.

Prerequisite: HMSR 111

HMSR 212 - CASE MANAGEMENT 3(3)
Introduction to case management principles and practices. Learn assessment skills, treatment planning, intervention strategies and community resources.

Prerequisite: HMSR 111 or CRMJ 110 or divisional approval

HMSR 213 - GROUP WORK IN HUMAN SERVICES 3(3)
In this course students are introduced to the complexities of the group process. Students learn about different types of groups, stages of the group process, role of the facilitator, participant roles and influences, and group counseling techniques. Role plays and case studies are integral activities of this course by which students learn group dynamics through practice and observation.

Prerequisite: HMSR 111

HMSR 221 - INTERDISCIPLINARY DYNAMICS OF AGING 3(3)
Interdisciplinary aspects of the aging process are explored. Biological, psychological and social influences are examined. The course will address the impact of sensory changes, cognitive and personality changes, health and mental health concerns, economic and social support influences on the aging process.(IN1, IN4)

Prerequisite: PSYH 151 or SOCY 151

HMSR 222 - PROGRAMS AND SERVICES/OLDER ADULTS 3(3)
This course provides students with an introduction to theory and concepts for working with older people in a variety of settings. Students will learn about the major problems of aging, and about public policies, programs and treatments designed to address those problems. The course will present information about how to assess older adults and to intervene at the individual, family, community, and institutional level. This course identifies the public policy and the resulting programs and services designed to address age related problems.

HMSR 285 - HUMAN SERVICES PRACTICUM AND SEMINAR 4(22)
Students are required to complete a minimum of 300 clock hours of agency practicum experience. This on-the-job placement will involve learning agency policies and procedures, observing agency personnel in the provision of client services, and applying social service skills and knowledge. Supervision will be provided by licensed agency personnel and appropriate college representative. One hour of classroom instruction will focus on experiences encountered in the agency practicum. Application of professional skills, knowledge of ethical behavior within a social service agency will be emphasized. Students are required to maintain a journal of all activities.

Prerequisite: Completion of HMSR 111, 211, 212, 213 and SOWK 151 & 252. No more than one HMSR or SOWK course can be taken concurrently with the practicum. Must have human services coordinator's signature before registering. Minimum 2.5 GPA in discipline & 2.0 overall.

HMSR 287 - WORK BASED LEARNING I - HMSR 1(0)
This course provides supervised work experience with approved employer(s) in an area related to the student's program. Emphasis is placed on integrating classroom learning with work experience. Students will be able to evaluate career selection, demonstrate employability skills, and satisfactorily perform work-related competencies. Activities are coordinated and evaluated by college personnel. Course will be graded on the S/U basis. Prerequisites: A student must be pursuing an approved program at LCCC; have completed 15 semester hours with a minimum of six semester hours in the discipline of placement; have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the discipline and a 2.0 overall GPA; and have divisional approval.

Prerequisite: A student must be pursuing an approved program at LCCC; have completed 15 semester hours with a minimum of six semseter hours in the discipline of placement; have a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the discipline and a 2.0 overall GPA; & have divisional approval

HMSR 290 - INTRODUCTION TO MRDD 2(2)
This course addresses an overview of MRDD, including definitions, causes of, a history of, legislation related to, information about various common disorders and conditions that cause MRDD, the rights of people with MRDD, self-advocacy, employment, current trends and issues, how to prevent MRDD, the impact it has on families, dual diagnosis, guardianship, informed consent, key areas of support, againg and mrdd, sheltered workshops and information about the abuse registry. This course is restricted to employees of MRDD agencies.

HMSR 291 - ADDICTION COUNSELING II 3(3)
This course builds on HMSR 191 Addictions Counseling I with a focus on the treatment process. Students will gain a broad background of the tools used in the treatment of addiction. Ethical and legal issues for the substance abuse counselor will be identified. A primary theme in this course will be the explication of the Twelve Core Functions of a Substance Abuse Counselor. Emphasis will be placed on developing and practicing substance abuse counseling skills with individuals and groups. Special populations, dual diagnosis, ethics, gambling, and other addictions associated with addiction counseling will be investigated.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: HMSR 191

HMSR 292 - ADDICTION COUNSELING PRACTICUM 4(4)
This course offers the student enrolled in the Addiction Counseling Certificate program 300 clock hours of onsite field work experience in an approved addiction treatment facility. This on-the-job placement will involve learning agency policies and procedures, observing agency personnel in the provision of client services, and applying addiction counseling skills and knowledge. Supervision will be provided by licensed agency personnel and by the course instructor who visits the site and maintains ongoing contact with the staff supervisor. Students will participate in an on-campus seminar where the focus will be on experiences encountered in the Addiction Counseling Practicum. Application of professional skills and knowledge of ethical behavior in addictions counseling will be emphasized. Student must successfully complete the interview and application process and criminal background check and all prerequisites with a "C" or higher. Student must have the Human Services Coordinator's signature before registering for this courses.

Prerequisite: Prerequisite: HMSR 191 of C or better Concurrent: SOCY 151, HMSR 213 & HMSR 291 Successfully complete interview & application process & criminal background check & all prereq's with C or better. Must have HS Coordinator signature before registering.

HMSR 293 - INTERVIEWING AND COUNSELING MRDD 2(2)
Examination of various practices and procedures in interviewing and working directly with clients in the MRDD environment. Participants will learn and practice a variety of communication skills in the workplace.

HMSR 294 - PRINC HABILITATION PROGRAM MRDD 2(2)
This course teaches program development for people with MRDD, including the role of the individual plans (IEP, IFSP, ITP, and IHP). Additional topics covered are early intervention, adaptive behaviors, the multi factor evaluation, and a history of the MRDD legislation, including ADA the Assistive Technology Act, the Olmstead Decision, and the IDEA. Also provided is an understanding of day programs, activity development, employment programs, legal issues, and self advocacy.

HMSR 294 - PRINC HABILITATION PROGRAM MRDD 2(2)
This course teaches program development for people with MRDD, including the role of the individual plans (IEP, IFSP, ITP, and IHP). Additional topics covered are early intervention, adaptive behaviors, the multi factor evaluation, and a history of the MRDD legislation, including ADA the Assistive Technology Act, the Olmstead Decision, and the IDEA. Also provided is an understanding of day programs, activity development, employment programs, legal issues, and self advocacy.

HMSR 295 - PRINC OF BEHAVIOR SUPPORT MRDD 2(2)
This course addresses the principles of behavior support and intervention in people with cognitive impairments due to mental retardation, developmental disabilities and traumatic brain injuries. Included are philosophical issues regarding human behaviorism, crisis interventions, legal and ethical issues related to human behavior support, elements of a formal behavior plan and the Ohio Behavior Support Rule.

HMSR 296 - DISABILITIES AND RISK FACTORS MMRD 2(2)
This course addresses in detail disabilities and risk factors for disabilities from birth, including etiology, prevalence, diagnosis, characteristics and effects related to the environment and biology. Topics include disabilites related to impairments in hearing, speech, orthopedics; disorders in social-emotional, behavior, cognitive, multi-handicapping, genetic syndromes; and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism as well as directional information for prevention and improvement. This course is restricted to employees of MRDD agencies.

HMSR 297 - FAMILY DYNAMICS FROM BIRTH MRDD 2(2)
This course addresses in detail family dynamics. It covers the issues that occur in families with children with MR/DD, including roles and functions that affect the development of children, the adjustment process to raising a child with handicaps, and the effect that parents and siblings have on a child with special needs. Topics also include cultural impacts on the family, informal and formal family support systems, development of family assessments, and IFSPs, and an understanding of caregiver-child interactions. This course is restricted to employees of MRDD agencies.

HMSR 298 - HUMAN SERVICES PORTFOLIO DEVELOPMENT 1(1)
For those in the field of Human Service this course will provide an overview of electronic portfolio development of prior learning and/or on-going learning. Portfolios may be used to assess and compare learning with actual course requirements or job requirements. Students will learn to select, categorize and document their achievements and accomplishments for review and assessment related to academic placement and/or employment. They will evaluate knowledge and skills acquired from previous experience or training on the job, in the community , in military service, through travel, or through personal development. Student will comprehend and appreciate life/work experience and how those relate to prior or on-going experiences and they will demonstrate the ability and skill to develop a comprehensive electronic portfolio.

HMSR 299 - INDIVIDUALIZED STUDIES IN HUMAN SERVICES 1(2)
An in-depth study of areas of human services tailored to individual student need and interest. Topics will vary. Repeatable up to a total of four (4) credit hours.

Prerequisite: Second year standing and divisional approval