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SSC193 — Principles of Psychology (3)

An introduction to the principles, theories, and knowledge base in the field of psychology. The subject areas include an introduction to methods of research, biological aspects of behaviour, cognitive processes, health psychology, psychopathology, learning theory, therapeutic interventions and social psychology.

SSC194 — Principles of Sociology (3)

An introduction to sociological theory and methodology as well as a review of topics such as socialization, culture, stratification, and sex roles. A biblical understanding of interpersonal and intercultural relationships permeates the course.

SSC195 — Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (3)

Cultural anthropology theory seeks to understand culture from the 'insider' point of view. This course enables the student to understand the essentials of cultural anthropology and apply these principles in the study of another culture or sub-culture. The course uses the principles of cultural anthropology and broader cultural theory to explore the challenge of building understanding and appreciation of cultures different from our own. As well as learning about the basics of culture and anthropology, students receive an orientation to the hands-on nature of field work through completing a brief ethnographic study of another culture or sub-culture.

SSC282 — Social, Environmental & Disabling Issues in Development (3)

This course cultivates an understanding of the range of contexts and conditions that place children and youth at risk. The impacts of neglect, poverty, malnutrition, abuse, family breakdown and substance abuse are studied, as well as the resulting developmental disabilities, behavioural disturbances, learning disabilities, and societal impact. Prerequisites: SSC193.

SSC284 — Social Science Research (3)

The ability to evaluate and interpret research, including understanding basic statistics and research methodologies is essential for informed professional practice in the Human Services. This course covers introductory statistics, qualitative and quantitative research methods and designs as well as ethical issues in research. Prerequisite: SSC193.

SSC285 — Professional Foundations of Child & Youth Care (3)

This course is the foundation for all subsequent Child and Youth Care Counselor courses. Students are challenged to explore their belief and value systems, gain self–awareness and understand their personal impact when working with vulnerable children, youth and families. The history and scope of the child and youth care profession and ethical codes of conduct are examined along with the relevant legislation that guide the activities of the profession.

SSC293 — Developmental Psychology (3)

A study of how humans grow from infancy through old age with attention to key physical, cognitive, and social characteristics of each developmental stage. Consequences resulting from disruption of the development process are studied. The impact of familial, community and societal influences are explored. Prerequisite: SSC193.

SSC295 — Abnormal Psychology (3)

An introduction to theory and practice in psychology as related to the nature, causes, and treatments of abnormal behaviour patterns. The course is designed to enable the student to recognize and respond to severe and abnormal behaviour patterns which are frequently encountered in society, and to interact effectively with mental health professionals and agencies which provide services. Prerequisite: SSC193.

SSC298 — Adolescent Psychology (3)

This course provides a more detailed look at the development patterns that occur in normal adolescence. Physiology, identity, psychosocial and spiritual development, cognition, moral and ethical judgment, as well as environmental influences and typical patterns of behaviour among youth are examined. Students develop insights into the adolescent world through both the traditional problem oriented paradigm as well as through the strength based and resilience paradigms. Students acquire frameworks for helping families and communities support adolescents with normal developmental tasks and fostering resilience in these young people. Cultural competence for those working with youth are also explored. Prerequisite: SSC193

SSC299 — Diploma Practicum (3)

Diploma in Counseling students are required to gain a minimum of 200 hours of field experience in an approved practicum related to their area of focus. Prerequisite: FE201 & SSC330

SSC330 — Theoretical Approaches in Human Services (3)

An introduction to the major theories of helping. Students learn to think critically about the development of human difficulties and the process of therapeutic change. Case studies are employed, and attention is given to professional ethics. Prerequisite: SSC293. Co-requisite: SSC340

SSC335 — Dealing with Grief and Loss (3)

This course focuses on developing the understanding and skills necessary to support those who are experiencing grief and loss. Specific models of understanding and intervening with different types of loss will be presented.  Prerequisite: SSC193.

SSC340 — Skills & Techniques in Human Services (3)

An introduction to micro skills and effective interviewing in addition to other intervention techniques. Case studies are employed, and attention is given to professional ethics. Prerequisite: SSC293. Co-requisite: SSC330.

SSC382 — Community Based Interventions (3)

This course identifies and explores some of the more common approaches to community assessment and intervention. A contrast between macro practice and the traditional counseling paradigm is covered along with some the major sociological theories for understanding society. Prerequisite: SSC193.

SSC383 — Canadian Aboriginal Cultures (3)

This course provides an overview of the primary cultural groups divided by geographic region throughout Canada. Special issues affecting Canadian Aboriginal and Métis people are examined . As a result, students are more aware of the many issues facing these people groups.

SSC384 — Substance Abuse & Related Health Issues (3)

This introductory course explores many aspects of the field of substance abuse and other addictions. This includes the various mental, emotional and physiological impacts of substances and addictions, treatment, relapse prevention, and recovery. In addition to these topics, the effects of addictions on the individual, family and society will be discussed, through the biopsychosocial lens. Prerequisite: SSC330

SSC389 — Child and Youth Care Practicum I (3)

Students complete 300 hours of an approved applied experiential learning in a human services agency. Under professional supervision, students participate in the day-to-day work of the agency, developing valuable skills in the human services profession. Prerequisites: FE201, SSC330 and SSC340. Co-requisite: SSC496.

SSC392 — Working With Children & Adolescents (3)

A rich understanding of developmental psychology and helping skills are the foundations to this course. The focus is upon appreciating the issues specific to these age groups and learning how to intervene effectively. Prerequisites: SSC298 and SSC330.

SSC399 — Intervening With Families (3)

An introduction to applying systems thinking to understanding and working effectively with families and individuals. Diverse ethical and values issues are addressed. Course assignments and experiential classroom exercises aid students in developing awareness and expertise in the practical application of systemic interventions to human service settings. Prerequisite: SSC330.

SSC480 — Assessment & Treatment Milieu (3)

Students gain an understanding of creating a safe and therapeutic treatment milieu for residential care. The course includes major theoretical approaches to working with the resident and their family in the context of community to enhance their well-being. An introduction to psychological assessment and treatment planning are included in this course. Prerequisites: SSC282 and SSC330.

SSC481 — Treatment Planning Interventions (3)

Advanced methods of assessment and treatment of children and youth in residential, day treatment and therapeutic care contexts are introduced. Attention is given to specific disabilities, ethical and legal issues and program evaluation. Prerequisite: SSC480.

SSC489 — Child and Youth Care Practicum II (4)

Students complete 300 hours of an approved applied experiential learning in a human services agency. Under professional supervision, students participate in the day-to-day work of the agency, developing valuable skills in the human services profession. Prerequisite: SSC389.

SSC495 — Senior Research Project (3)

This course is a guided study in which students undertake the scholarly pursuit of a particular question pertinent to the field of human services work. Students complete a 30 item annotated bibliography and an accompanying literature review on the selected topic.

SSC496 — Advanced Practice (3)

This class runs concurrently with the students' Human Services practicum placement (SSC389 or SSC499). The 'reflective practitioner' model is utilized to help students integrate their experience in the human services agencies in which they are placed. In addition, attention is paid to ethical and practitioner self care. Co-requisite: SSC389 or SSC499

SSC497 — Working With Groups (3)

This course presents theory and ethics in the practice of counseling groups, with focus upon group leadership and facilitation skills. There is required participation in a small group for the purpose of skill development. Prerequisite: SSC340.

SSC499 — Counseling Practicum (6)

Students complete 600 hours of applied experiential learning in a human services agency. Under professional supervision, students participate in the day-to-day work of the agency, developing valuable skills in the human services profession. Co-requisite: SSC496

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