2020 - 2021 Dallas College Catalog

2020 - 2021 Catalog
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Course Number: DAAC 1304 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Pharmacology of Addiction

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Psychological, physiological, and sociological effects of mood altering substances and behaviors and their implications for the addiction process are discussed. Emphasis on pharmacological effects of tolerance, dependency/withdrawal, cross addiction, and drug addiction. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: DAAC 1309 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Assessment of Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of procedures and tools used to identify substance-related and addictive disorders and assess a client's problems, strengths, deficits, and needs. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: DAAC 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Special Topics in Alcohol/Drug Abuse Counseling

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behavior pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: DAAC 2307 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Addicted Family Intervention

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The family as a dynamic system focusing on the effects of addiction on family roles, rules, and behavior patterns. Includes the effects of mood altering substances, behaviors, and therapeutic alternatives as they relate to the family from a multicultural and transgenerational perspective. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: DAAC 2330 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Multicultural Counseling

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Characteristics of minorities and diverse populations encountered by counselors. Includes issues among those groups which affect the counseling process. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: DAAC 2341 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Counseling Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Advanced examination of knowledge, skills, attitudes, techniques, confidentiality and ethical guidelines applied in the counseling, treatment, prevention, and recovery of substance use disorders. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: DAAC 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Practicum (or Field Experience) - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite Recommended: DAAC 1304, DAAC 2307, DAAC 2341, SCWK 1305, and SCWK 2301.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. This is a work-based learning experience that helps students gain practical experience, enhanced skills, and integrated knowledge in the discipline. Direct supervision will be provided by a clinical professional. A roundtable seminar is mandatory. (21 Ext.)


Course Number: GERS 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Introduction to Gerontology

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of the social, psychological, and biological changes that accompany aging and an overview of the implications of these changes for the individual, as well as for the larger society. The student will compare and contract the different views of aging presented by the disciplines of biology, sociology, and psychology; demonstrate an understanding of the demographic changes due to aging experiences in the United States. The student will articulate the impact of an aging population on key social institutions such as the family, the economy, the political system, and the health care industry; effectively rebut key misconceptions regarding aging and the elderly; and identify potential career choices in gerontology. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1304 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Activity Directing I

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Role of the activity director in long-term health care facilities. Includes study of history, regulations, communications, advocacy, ethics, service delivery, and volunteer management. This course, when combined with "Long Term Care Activity Directing II" and "Practicum-Gerontology" meets the State requirements to be qualified as an activity director in Texas. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Activity Directing II

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Activity directing in long-term health care facilities. Includes assessment, care planning, documentation process, and evaluation of client needs. Also addresses program design and resources/funding. This course, when combined with "Long Term Care Activity Directing I" and "Practicum-Gerontology" meets the State requirements to be qualified as an activity director in Texas. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Social Work and the Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Gerontological social work practice. Emphasizes principles of practice, application of research, and the formulation of policies as they relate to older adults. Includes the role of the social worker from a gerontological perspective. Introduces the student to special populations which are most vulnerable: aging women, aging people of color, the disabled, and aging homosexuals. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1342 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Aging and Mental Health

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction and analysis of current knowledge and concerns related to psychological aging. Includes the theoretical and empirical foundations relevant to the psychological study of the later part of the life span. The course is taught from an interdisciplinary perspective and focuses on topics related to perceptual, cognitive, personality, and interpersonal social development. Examination of issues related to psychological adjustment and death and dying. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1343 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Psychology of Adult Development and Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Scientific study of a lifelong process of development with specific focus on the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of adult development and aging. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Special Topics in Gerontology

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Topics address recently identified current events, skills, knowledge, and/or attitudes and behaviors pertinent to the technology or occupation and relevant to the professional development of the student. Learning outcomes/objectives are determined by local occupational need and business and industry trends. This course may be repeated if topics and learning outcomes vary. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 2166 (1 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Practicum (or Field Experience) - Adult Development and Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (7 Ext.)


Course Number: GERS 2333 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Legal and Ethical Issues

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of the legal and ethical issues that families must consider as family members age. Emphasis on advocacy for the elderly in providing legal and financial well-being as well as knowledge regarding the access of social and medical programs for the elderly. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: GERS 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Practicum (or Field Experience) - Adult Development and Aging

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Practical, general workplace training supported by an individualized learning plan developed by the employer, college, and student. (21 Ext.)


Course Number: SCWK 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Group Work Intervention

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examination of the various stages of the group work treatment process with emphasis on roles, tasks, and potential problem areas. Topics include mechanics of group function, structure of groups, communication patterns within groups, effective group facilitation skills, and techniques used to address special population issues and needs. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Introduction to Social Work

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An overview of the social work profession and introduction to the terms, concepts, people, and critical events that have shaped the profession. Topics include the role of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in maintaining and strengthening social work education and standards; the importance of human service agencies in fostering or diminishing the quality of services; and developing an understanding of poverty and the impact of institutional racism, sexism, ageism. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 1321 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Orientation to Social Services

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduction to the basic concepts, information, and practices within the field of social services. Topics include a survey of the historical development of social services; social, legal, and clinical definitions, and review of current information regarding indications for and methods of treatment and/ or services. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 1365 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Practicum (or Field Experience) - Social Work

This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCWK 1313, SCWK 1321, SCWK 2311, and SCWK 2301.
Course Description: The 336 contact hours must be completed at an approved practicum site. Practical general training and experience in the workplace. The college with the employer develops and documents an individualized plan for the student. The plan relates the workplace training and experiences to the student's general and technical course of study. The guided external experiences may be for pay or no pay. Roundtable seminar mandatory. (21 Ext.)


Course Number: SCWK 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Assessment and Case Management

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Exploration of procedures to identify and evaluate an individual's and/or family's strengths, weaknesses, problems, and needs in order to develop an effective plan of action. Topics include oral and written communications essential for assessment, screening, intervention, prevention, case management, and referral. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 2305 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Special Problems of Youth

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examination of the special needs of youth and their implications for social service workers delivering services to this population. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 2307 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Human Behavior and the Social Environment

This is a WECM Course Number.
Corequisite/Concurrent: `
Course Description: A basic framework for creating and organizing knowledge of human behavior and the social environment. Introduction of social system, life span, and strength approaches to understanding human behavior and environment impact. Emphasis on the impact of human diversity, discrimination, and oppression on the individual's ability to reach or maintain optimal health and well-being. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Interviewing and Counseling Theories

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to Major theories of various treatment modalities including client-centered, psychodynamic, rational-emotive, and reality therapy. Topics include cognative/behavioral approaches such as behavior modification, life skills training, and an introduction to experimental therapies. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SCWK 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Abnormal Behavior

This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to the literature concerning maladaptive behavior including characteristics, classification, diagnosis, and treatment modalities. Topics include factors associated with defining and identifying abnormal behavior. (3 Lec.)


Course Number: SOCW 2361 (3 Credit Hours) Reinstated course added April 5, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Introduction to Social Work

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: College level ready in Reading.
Course Description: An overview of the history and development of social work as a profession. The course is designed to foster a philosophical, historical, and critical understanding of the social work profession, including social work values, ethics, and areas of practice utilized under a Generalist Intervention Model. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4407015124


Course Number: SOCW 2362 (3 Credit Hours) New course added April 9, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Social Welfare: Legislation, Programs, and Services

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: College level ready in Reading.
Course Description: This course offers a historical and contemporary examination of legislation and resulting programs, policies, and services in the context of the social welfare system in the United States. Special attention is given to the political, economic, environmental, and social conditions that prompted the development of legislation to meet the needs of vulnerable populations. Societal responses to legislation are also considered. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4407015224


Course Number: SOCW 2389 (3 Credit Hours) New course added April 9, 2020
Listed by Campus(es): EFC

Course Title: Academic Cooperative

This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite Required: SOCW 2361.
Course Description: A supervised experiential learning course designed to integrate program study with introductory exposure to the field of social work. In conjunction with individual study and/or seminars, the student will set specific goals and objectives in the study of social work and/or social institutions. The academic cooperative is not a social work skills-based practice experience, but instead, an observational volunteer experience. The course must include a minimum of 80 contact hours (48 hours in a social service setting). (2 Lec., 3 Lab.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4407015324



ACGM (Lower-Division Academic Course Guide Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for general academic transfer among community, state, and technical colleges in Texas; and state public four-year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.


WECM (Workforce Education Course Manual) Courses

Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.