SRJC Course Outlines

6/21/2024 7:38:42 AMCOUN 87 Course Outline as of Fall 2009

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  COUN 87Title:  ISSUES IN HUMAN SERVICES  
Full Title:  Ethical Issues in Human Services
Last Reviewed:1/27/2020

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum1.50Lecture Scheduled1.5017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled26.25
Minimum1.50Lab Scheduled08 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total1.50 Contact Total26.25
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  52.50Total Student Learning Hours: 78.75 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  COUN 89

Catalog Description:
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This course is a comphehensive exploration of the rules and standards governing the professional conduct of those working in human services delivery. Topics include professional ethics, confidentiality, and counselor/client rights and responsibilities.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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This course is a comprehensive exploration of the basic ethical issues involved in client/patient rights and counselor/client responsibilities.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 100 or ESL 100
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 2001Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Outcomes and Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1.  Examine evaluate and compare the professional standards used in human
services agencies.
2.  Examine and explain counselor/client responsibilities.
3.  Evaluate the common employment problems/issues associated with
codes of conduct or codes of ethics.
4.  Assess and analyze professional liability as it relates to Federal and State regulations and case law.
5.  Examine and evaluate the impact of unethical practice of the human service professional.
6.  Examine ethical issues such as informed consent, confidentiality, transference and counter transference, sexual  misconduct, boundary violations, couples counseling, HIV/AIDS.
7.  Analyze cases using components of an ethical decision-making model.

Topics and Scope
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1. Professional ethics in the Human Service environment
   a. Codes of ethics
   b. Steps in making ethical decisions
2. Counselor roles and responsibilities and counselor/client responsibilities
   a. Counselor self-awareness
   b. Transference and counter-transference
   c.  Client dependence in human service provider relationship
   d.  Managing boundaries and multiple relationships
   e.  Informed consent
   f.  The impact of unethical behavior to the counselor and/or client
3. Ethical issues in the human service environment
    a. Federal and State regulations and case law
    b. Duty to warn and protect
    c. Professional reporting responsibilities
    d. Confidentiality and HIV/AIDS
4.  Ethical issues related to couples, facilities, groups and community

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1. Textbook reading: twenty-five to thirty pages per week.
2. One term paper of five to seven pages.
3. Three reaction papers on ethical issues and dilemmas from newspapers, professional journals, guest speakers or instructor.
4. Midterm quiz and final exam.
5. Case scenarios
6. Individual dyads, small group problem solving

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
10 - 40%
Reaction papers, term paper.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
5 - 30%
Case scenarios, problem solving ethical dilemmas
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
5 - 15%
Class performances: individual dyads, small group problem solving.
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
5 - 30%
Essay and multiple choice tests.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 15%
Attendance and participation

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Issues and Ethics in the Helping Professions, by Gerald Corey,
 Marianne Schneider Corey, and Patrick Callanan. Sixth Edition,
 Wadsworth Publishing, 2007.
An Introduction to Philosophy and Practice, by Stephen J. Freeman,
 First Edition, 2001. (Classic in Field)
What Would You Do? An Ethical Case Workbook for Human Service
 Professionals, By Patricia Kenyon. Wadsworth Publishing, 2004.

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