December 15, 2015 Kenneth Colangelo

Human Services: Family Violence Intervention Option

Provides the student with a broad knowledge base through core classes in Human Services, and with the knowledge and skills essential to working with perpetrators as well as victims of abuse. Domestic violence is a growing societal problem that may be addressed through competent counseling by trained professionals who understand the dynamics involved. This program also provides students with a liberal arts background and application-oriented instruction in a broad range of Human Services skills. The student who chooses the Family Violence Option will participate in a field experience, working within the domestic violence and family violence network.

Program Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of all courses in the program, students will be able to:

  1. understand and apply terminology used in today’s family violence field, and interpret and communicate information when appropriate
  2. analyze the interaction of social policies on client systems, workers, and agencies.
  3. read and explain relevant literature in the field of family violence
  4. describe and evaluate the ways in which data are collected and applied in the field of family violence
  5. research and write a report utilizing the library, the Internet, informational interviews, and other sources
  6. develop critical-thinking skills within the context of professional family violence practice in order to solve problems, to apply learning and reasoning strategies, and to acquire and utilize information
  7. be knowledgeable about formal and informal assessment practices that reflect both the needs and strengths of disadvantaged people
  8. develop an understanding and awareness of cultural diversity, and identify causes, consequences, and solutions to inequality due to race, age, religion, and economics
  9. practice within the values and ethics of the human services profession and with an understanding of and respect for the positive value of diversity.

Program Coordinator: Colleen Richard

First Semester
Course #TitleCredits
CSS-101 First Year Experience 3
ENG*101 Composition (a) 3
HSE*101 Introduction to Human Services (a) 3
PSY*111 General Psychology I (a) 3
SOC*101 Principles of Sociology (a) 3
Second Semester
BIO*115 Human Biology (a) 4
COM*172 Interpersonal Communication (a) 3
HSE*185 Family Violence Intervention (a) 3
SOC*210 Sociology of the Family (a) 3
Select one of the following courses:
HIS*202 U.S. History II (a) or  
POL*111 American Government (a) 3
Third Semester
SOC*103 Social Problems (a) 3
  Directed Elective (a)(b) 3
  Directed Human Services Elective (a)(b) (from HSE*, PSY*201 or above, SOC*114/any 200-level SOC*, or a Foreign Language course) 3
Select one of the following courses:
ENG*103 Composition II (a) or  
  Literature Elective (a)‡ 3
Select one of the following courses:
MAT*135 Topics in Contemporary Math (a) or  
MAT*165 Elementary Statistics with Computer Applications (a) 3-4
Fourth Semester
HSE*236 Legal Issues in Human Services (a) 3
HSE*243 Human Services Skills & Methods (a) 3
HSE*281 Human Services Field Work I (a) 3
SOC*220 Racial and Ethnic Diversity (a) 3
  Fine Arts Elective (from ART*, COM*154, COM*167, DGA*, GRA*, NMC*, MUS*, THR*) 3
  Directed Elective (a)(b) (from PSY*201/203/208/209/211/240/243/245, SOC*114) 3

(a) Prerequisite and/or co-requisite required.
(b) To be selected in consultation with faculty advisor based on student’s program of study.
‡ NOTE: Students transferring to CCSU should take Composition II (ENG*103).

A merger of Connecticut's 12 community colleges is underway. As a part of this merger, modifications will be made to academic programs. Students who do not complete their programs by the end of the Spring 2023 term will be matched with the Connecticut State Community College (CT State) program that most closely aligns with the student's Spring 2023 program and is offered at the current Tunxis Community College location. The College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption. Further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page: ct.edu/ctstate/academics.