NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
HMS 228 - PRODUCTIVE PROBLEM SOLVING (3 CR.)
COURSE DESCRIPTION

Develops problem-solving and program-development skills needed to function in helping relationships.  Emphasizes skills training within the classroom and application of the skills in other settings.  Lecture 3 hours a week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

The purpose of this course is to equip students with skills needed to work with clients, or other persons, including peers, who are facing decision making.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

English, reading, and writing. Counseling Skills I is helpful.

 COURSE OBJECTIVES

    1. To approach problem-solving systematically by listing the steps involved in this process
    2. To define a problem and goal systematically
    3. To expand alternatives for a particular problem
    4. To solve a problem using the steps in problem-solving
    5. To develop a systematic plan for achieving a goal
MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
    1. The use of counseling skills in the problem-solving process
    2. The importance of empathy and coming from the client's frame of reference
    3. Problem-solving and decision-making
    4. Program-planning for meeting a specific goal
EXTRA TOPICS

The application of decision-making in dealing with mental health problems

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