Courses in Community Social Service

Direct Service Professionalism

CSS 1801     3.00 Credits
This course gives an overview of how service providers/paraprofessionals work with each another in order to assure the delivery of optimal supports. Topics which the course reviews include: the use of support teams (effective team work/interdisciplinary cooperation, team dynamics, communication skills, promotion of independence and autonomy, and problem solving skills), working with families, direct support provider roles and responsibilities, diversity, confidentiality, and advocacy issues. (Prerequisites: None)

Physical Developmental Supports I

CSS 1802     3.00 Credits
This course will compare and contrast the community supports model to the former medical model. Students will review an introduction to a variety of disabilities, specific support issues including common signs and symptoms of health concerns, standard precautions and blood borne pathogens, appropriate responses to emergency situation, basic medication concerns, and documentation techniques. In addition, students will learn about relationship and sexuality issues, inclusion issues, and community resources in the environment of the individuals they will support. (Prerequisites: None)

Person Centered Planning

CSS 1804     3.00 Credits
This course will introduce you to a variety of strategies and techniques used to facilitate person centered planning for individualized and real life goals. Students will learn how the Civil Rights Movement was the impetus for change which lead to our current disability laws and rules. Self-advocacy and self-determination within an interdisciplinary team planning process will be explored. This is not about program planning, but more about what it takes to get what is really necessary to ensure an individual with disabilities can live an independent and average life style with dignity and respect utilizing only the supports the individual really needs and desires. (Prerequisites: None)

Facilitating Positive Behaviors

CSS 1811     4.00 Credits
This course provides an in-depth look at positive supports for children and adults with challenging behaviors and reviews human development, learning styles, and teaching techniques. Emphasis is placed on understanding and supporting the individual's learning barriers by using positive approaches, as well as understanding and responding to behaviors with positive supports. Students will explore how their individual values and personal experiences influence the ways in which they respond to and assess individual's abilities. Students will also acquire knowledge and skills related to basic approaches and principles, completing various types of functional assessments, the importance of using non-aversive interventions and the selection and use of appropriate non-aversive behavioral supports. Methods for designing, planning, developing and implementing skill orientated support plans are taught in this course. Completing functional assessments, observing, documenting and reporting progress on learning plans are learned through practical experience. The student will be able to write basic learning/behavior support programs. (Prerequisites: None)

Social Welfare Services

CSS 1813     3.00 Credits
This course will discuss the history of social welfare as an institution. Various social problems will be examined and discussed in terms of at-risk populations, societal norms and values, and how policy is developed to address these problems. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 77.5 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher. Must have a score of 85.5 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher)

Community Social Service Projects

CSS 1814     3.00 Credits
This course will help students critically examine a social problem, then work as a group to determine the appropriate steps to take to implement a program that addresses the problem. Students will learn how to assess the problem, research, design, implement, and evaluate a possible solution to the problem. Group process learning will be utilized.(Prerequisites: Must have a score of 77.5 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher. Must have a score of 85.5 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher.)

Physical Developmental Supports II

CSS 1902     3.00 Credits
This course will review specific types of developmental, physical, and mental disabilities including: Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Epilepsy, Mental Retardation, Prader Willi, Chromosomal Disorders, Brain Injury, Mental Health Diagnosis, and Chemical Dependency among adults and children. Students will learn how to analyze environmental issues among all settings to determine how to provide the most appropriate supports. The impact of grief and loss issues will be explored within the context of the individual and family system. (Prerequisites: Must have a score of 77.5 or higher on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of READ 0080 and READ 0090 with a grade of C or higher. Must have a score of 85.5 or higher on the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer test or completion of ENGL 0080 and ENGL 0090 with a grade of C or higher. CSS 1802)

Community Social Service Internship

CSS 1910     4.00 Credits
This course is designed to provide the student with a purposeful occupational experience in the Community Social Services field. Each internship is an individualized experience. Site selection is based on each student's area of interest in conjunction with the instructor's approval to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the program. The focus of the Community Social Service program is to allow students to integrate and apply skills and knowledge gained in the actual work environment. (Prerequisites: Instructor permission) (Co-requisite: CSS 1911)

Community Social Service Internship Seminar

CSS 1911     1.00 Credits
Internship seminar must be taken in conjunction with CSS 1910 Internship. Seminar is a one credit course which meets four times during the semester to integrate concepts learned while completing the 192 hour internship capstone project. Students will apply the NADSP Code of Ethics and/or NASW Code of Ethics (depending on internship setting) to the role of designated coordinator or entry level social service worker. Students will apply culminated information and skills learned throughout the CSS coursework in a social service agency. (Prerequisite: Instructor permission) (Co-requisite: CSS 1910)

Supportive Interventions

CSS 1913     4.00 Credits
This course provides an in-depth study of several mechanisms of intervention; assessment, support plan design, and implementation and evaluation. Additionally, analysis of a wide variety of multiple positive behavior strategies will be conducted. This course reviews the philosophy of behavior modification and theory, incident and accident reports, and documentation requirements. It also provides an in-depth analysis of specialized considerations for service professionals when implementing emergency control procedures, permitted control procedures, and control procedures prohibited by Minnesota law. The student will learn about the Risk Management Plan and Individual Service Plan in this course. The student will be able to access a problem behavior, plan and implement interventions, designed proactive manipulations, and integrate a multi-intervention, multidisciplinary team approach. (Prerequisite: CSS 1811)