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CMSW 1327 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Treatment Modalities with Special Populations
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Introduces the most commonly used and accepted treatment methods in the mental health and mental retardation field. Explores the role of the social service worker and treatment modalities utilized in the outpatient, inpatient, and day treatment areas as they apply to different special populations. (3 Lec.)


CMSW 1353 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

Family Intervention Strategies
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Overview of professionally recognized family intervention systems. Topics include theorists in the field and personal awareness. Family assessments and working with the family as a system, in selecting health care services. The intergenerational concepts are introduced. (3 Lec.)


CMSW 1405 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Nursing Home Activity Director
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Preparation for the role of Nursing Home Activity Director. Development in appropriate skills, theory, psychology, and record keeping to meet Texas Department of Health requirements. Topics include program planning, working in groups, developing an activities department, and therapeutic techniques. This course is cross-listed as CMSW 1505. The student may register for either CMSW 1405 or CMSW 1505 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (4 Lec., 1 Lab.)


CMSW 1505 (5 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Nursing Home Activity Director
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: CMSW 1405.
Course Description: Preparation for the role of Nursing Home Activity Director. Development in appropriate skills, theory, psychology, and record keeping to meet Texas Department of Health requirements. Topics include program planning, working in groups, developing an activities department, and therapeutic techniques. The course focuses on how to apply management science principles to the delivery of activities. This course is cross-listed as CMSW 1405. The student may register for either CMSW 1405 or CMSW 1505 but may receive credit for only one of the two. (3 Lec., 4 Lab.)


DAAC 1304 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


DAAC 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Addicted Family Intervention
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: The student will discuss and explain the family as a dynamic system; explain the effects of addiction on the dynamics of a family system; and describe and differentiate between various family treatment processes and their applicability to traditional and nontraditional family systems. The student will discuss the impact of mood altering substances and behaviors as they relate to the family from a multicultural and transgenerational perspective; and discuss the role of the family in the addictive and recovery process. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 1311 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Counseling Theories
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An introduction to major theories of various treatment modalities including Reality Therapy, Psycho-dynamic, grief therapy, Client-centered therapy, Rational-Emotive Therapy, Cognitive-behavioral approaches such as life skills training, behavior modification, and the introduction to experimental therapies as they relate to detoxification, residential, outpatient, and extended treatment. Ethical issues will be reviewed. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 1317 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Basic Counseling Skills
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: None
Course Description: Facilitate development of the basic counseling skills necessary to develop an effective helping relationship with clients. Includes the utilization of special skills to assist individuals, families, or groups in achieving objectives through exploration of a problem and its ramifications, examination of attitudes and feelings, consideration of alternative solutions, and decision making. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 1319 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Introduction to Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This course will focus on special skills and techniques in the application of counseling skills for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) client. Design and utilization of treatment planning using a treatment team approach will be introduced. Confidentiality and ethical issues will be reviewed and practiced. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 1341 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Counseling Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: This course will focus on special skills and techniques in the application of counseling skills for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) client. Design and utilization of treatment planning using a treatment team approach will be introduced. Confidentiality and ethical issues will be reviewed and practiced. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 1343 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Current Issues
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: A study of issues that impact addiction counseling. Special populations, dual diagnosis, ethics, gambling, and infectious diseases associated with addiction counseling will be investigated. This course may be repeated for credit. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 1391 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


DAAC 2307 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


DAAC 2330 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


DAAC 2341 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

Counseling Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Special skills and techniques in the application of counseling skills for the Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) client. Development and utilization of advanced treatment planning and management. Includes review of confidentiality and ethical issues. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 2343 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Current Issues
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Current issues in addiction counseling. Includes special populations, dual diagnosis, ethics, gambling, and infectious diseases associated with addiction counseling. This course may be repeated for credit. (3 Lec.)


DAAC 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: DAAC 1304, DAAC 2307, DAAC 1311, DAAC 2341, DAAC 2343, 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.)


GERS 1301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 1304 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 1307 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 1310 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 1342 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 1343 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 1392 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 2166 (1 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 2333 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 2366 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


GERS 2432 (4 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Advanced Activity Director
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: An advanced course for activity professionals which includes activity department responsibilities, a system for developing an activity program, administrative practices of the activity profession, and communication techniques to be used in a facility and for dealing with the public. (3 Lec., 2 Lab.)


SCWK 1305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


SCWK 1313 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


SCWK 1321 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


SCWK 1364 (3 Credit Hours)
Course not offered this year at any colleges of DCCCD.

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Social Work
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCWK 1305, 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 experience to the student's general and technical course of study. The guided external experience may be for pay or no pay. Roundtable seminar mandatory. (21 Ext.)


SCWK 1365 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

Practicum (or Field Experience) - Social Work
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCWK 1305, 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.)


SCWK 2301 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

Assessment and Case Management
This is a WECM Course Number.
Prerequisite: SCWK 1321 and SCWK 2311.
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.)


SCWK 2305 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

Special Problems of Youth
This is a WECM Course Number.
Course Description: Examination of the particular problems of youth and their implications for social service workers delivering services to this population. Topics include youth serving in social institutions of both a preventative and rehabilitative nature and issues related to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs and their effects. (3 Lec.)


SCWK 2307 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


SCWK 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)


SCWK 2331 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at EFC

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.)



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM 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.


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