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Course Syllabus

HSR 1220 - Introduction to Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Advocacy

Date: Spring Instructor(s):To Be Assigned
Semester Hours: 3 Lecture hours per week: 3
Prerequisite: None Lab hours per week: 0
  Seminar hours per week: 0
  Other hours: 0
  Semester offered: Spring
Human Services 1220 provides an introduction to the intervention strategies and skills necessary to advocate with institutions and systems on behalf of domestic violence and sexual assault victims.  Students will have opportunities to begin developing skills in providing crisis intervention and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Completion of this course and a student practicum prepares the student to take the Certified Domestic Violence Professional examination.

The purpose of general education at IVCC is to enhance students’ abilities to think and act responsibly as citizens in a changing world.  Specific General Education goals that are included in this course are:
1. To apply analytical and problem solving skills to personal, social and professional issues and situations.
2. To communicate orally and in writing, socially and interpersonally.
3. To work and study effectively both individually and in collaboration with others.
4. To understand what it means to act ethically and responsibly as an individual in one’s career and as a member of society.
II.      Expected Student Outcomes
Upon successful completion of Human Services 1220, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the qualities of an effective advocate and the skills essential for effective advocacy on behalf of victims with helping institutions and systems.
2. Identify and evaluate values and ethical considerations affecting the helping process.
3. Demonstrate understanding of various theories and intervention strategies when responding to interpersonal violence.
4. Demonstrate understanding of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act, Illinois Criminal Sexual Assault Act, and related victim advocacy statutes.
5. Demonstrate understanding of the empowerment model of crisis intervention and the importance of assessing victim safety.
6. Demonstrate beginning proficiency in verbal response skills needed for genuine and empathic relationships with others.

Develop an intervention plan for diverse client situations.

III.     Class Policies and Procedures
Attendance Policy and Class Participation
It is expected that students will attend class regularly and arrive on time.  A number of class sessions will feature guest speakers who volunteer their expertise and time to provide a more meaningful learning experience for all students.  All students are encouraged to participate in class discussion, contributing to a diverse analysis and discussion of social problems and human experiences.  Guidelines for diverse dialogue will be determined collaboratively.

The instructor is committed to fostering a safe environment for learning and skills development, so always feel free to ask questions, offer comments and suggestions, and share your thoughts.  To achieve the goal of a safe, effective learning environment, emphasis will be placed on the emulation of IVCC’s core values: responsibility, caring, honesty, fairness, and respect.  Due to the importance of attendance, penalties will be assessed for each absence.  There are no excused absences according to college policy.
Students who withdraw by the last day for automatic withdrawal will earn a “W” grade, which does not affect your grade point average (GPA).  In order to withdraw from this course, the student must request a withdrawal from the instructor.  This request may be in the form of an office visit, a phone call, a letter, or an e-mail.  A student will be withdrawn only if he or she has initiated the proper request or has not attended any class sessions.  All withdrawals earn a grade of “W” which does not affect the GPA, but deletes the course credit(s) for the involved course(s).  Please see the IVCC catalog for a full description of the college’s withdrawal policy.  It is the student’s responsibility to initiate withdrawal.
Financial Aid Statement
Withdrawal from a course can affect financial aid.  Students who receive financial aid should see an advisor in the Financial Aid Office before withdrawing from a course.
Student Success and Career Exploration
If students demonstrate a genuine desire to learn and to succeed in this course, they can achieve academic success and acquire critical skills for human service practice.  Student learning will be enhanced by reading of the text, timely completion of assignments, a willingness to share insights and experiences, and thoughtful reflection on the goals and practices of the human service profession.  Students will have structured opportunities to consider the benefits of human services as a profession.  Please don’t hesitate to ask for additional assistance to help you succeed in this course.  Also, keep in mind that IVCC has a variety of assessment and support services to assist with academic achievement and career planning.
Plagiarism is the use of another person’s ideas, information, or exact words without properly acknowledging the source in accordance with a standard system of documentation.  Plagiarism often occurs when students use someone else’s work and submit it as their own.  Plagiarism is a serious offense.  Anything a student turns in that contains plagiarism will result in the grade of Zero (0) for that assignment.  Refer to IVCC’s “Student Code of Conduct” for the college’s statement of policy concerning plagiarism.
Special Support Services
You may be eligible for academic accommodations if you have a physical, psychiatric, or cognitive disability.  If you have a disability and need more information regarding possible accommodations, please contact Tina Hardy at 224-0284 or stop by office B-204.
IV.      Required Text
ADV & SAS Training Manual