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Substance Abuse: I: Intro to Alcohol and Other Drugs

HBEL 5300 - Substance Abuse: I: Intro to Alcohol and Other Drugs

Examines the special issues and problems in dealing with alcohol and drug abuse. Focuses on: developing a conceptual framework of drug abuse and addiction; major classifications of drugs; examining high risk populations with an emphasis on their unique problems and needs; integrating knowledge with practice by giving careful consideration to treatment issues such as identification, assessment, referral, therapeutic strategies, treatment modalities and settings; providing information on the role of federal, state, and voluntary organizations which impact on prevention, education and treatment programs.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice.

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HBEL 5301 - Substance Abuse II: Prevention and Treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.

Builds upon HBEL 372, an overview of the various classes of drugs and the acute and chronic effects of drugs on human behavior and the body. Focuses on traditional and new intervention techniques that could be applied to social work practice. Provides knowledge of clinical applications and the empirical validation of effectiveness of major intervention strategies used in treatment of addictions.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice.

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HBEL 5303 - Integrative Mind-Body-Spirit Social Work

Integrative mind-body-spirit (IMBS) social work is an emerging practice paradigm that draws upon indigenous, Eastern, and Western perspectives with the aim of restoring harmony, balance, and connectedness within and between multiple systems levels, including individual mind-body-spirit, family, group, organization, and community (Lee, Ng, Leung, & Chan, 2009). This experiential course will explore integrative social work in micro and macro contexts; the historical and cultural roots of mind-body-spirit approaches, and their link to cultural competence; and contrast these approaches to the philosophical and theoretical foundations of dominant practice paradigms, including the Western medical model. The course will critically examine the socio-political-economic forces in the U.S. that have promoted and constrained approaches to health and wellbeing and explore relevant research from epigenetics, psychosocial genomics, psychoneuroimmunology, and spirituality and health.

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HBEL 5327 - Ethnic Minorities and the Social Work Profession: Black Experience.

Considers the Black Experience from historical, social, political, and economic perspectives. Addresses the evolution of male/female roles and relationships, the genesis of Black family patterns, and the consequences for social work practice. Examines the impact of poverty and discrimination in a context of international and national cultural factors.Required course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Black Studies for Social Work Practice; Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Urban Issues in Social Work .

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HBEL 5328 - Ethnic Minorities and the Social Work Profession: The Puerto Rican/Latino/a Experience

Considers the Puerto Rican experience in the United States from the historical, social, political, economic, and cultural perspectives. Examines the impact of poverty, migration, and discrimination on individuals, families and communities.Required course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Social Work; Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Urban Issues in Social Work; Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on International Issues inSocial Work.

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HBEL 5344 - Aging and Mental Health.

Uses ecological theory as a framework for understanding the psychological processes of adaptation and the mental health needs of the elderly. Analyzes various service arrangements in terms of their usefulness in rehabilitation and prevention.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Social Work Practice with Older Adults.

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HBEL 5347 - Black Family Life.

Examines the Black family from an historical and current perspective, focusing on the individual and collective social, cultural, and psychological contents within which behavior is expressed and by which it is significantly influenced; the adaptive, resilient behavior utilized by Black family units for survival and success; the Black family as a varied and complex system interacting with other systems within the wider society; myths related to the behavior and functioning of Black families.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Black Studies for Social Work Practice; Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Urban Issues in Social Work .

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HBEL 5352 - Death and Dying.

Focuses on dying as experienced by persons of all ages (not only the elderly) and on its psychological concomitants, such as rage and grief, bereavement and mourning; suicide and suicide prevention; dying as a career with identifiable states, as well as the concept of death as a social phenomenon.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice. Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Social Work Practice with Older Adults.

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HBEL 5355 - Social Work Practice With Service Members, Veterans and Military Families

This course provides foundational content that prepares students for competent and ethical practice with active military and veterans, military families and communities. The course includes an overview of the military culture, the historical contributions of social work, the many roles of social workers and existing services for this population and how different policies and service systems impact the military community.

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HBEL 5357 - Social Gerontology.

Considers the societal aspects of aging, including the social psychological concomitants of adjustments, changing roles, and systems of social relationships. Includes an overview of the economic aspects of aging and the service delivery system.Required course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Social Work Practice with Older Adults.

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HBEL 5367 - Culture and Health/Mental Health Disparities: Micro and Macro Perspectives

This course will examine health/mental health disparities as it relates to contemporary micro and macro practice with diverse populations. The objective of the course is the examination and analysis of the inter-relations among differential diagnosis, culture, and varying treatment strategies. The content will cover important aspects of health such as factors influencing wellness and disease, contemporary socio-political factors, and agendas that shape how health care services are delivered and accessed. We will explore current domestic and international health epidemics, discuss their implications for populations that are at risk, and the professional communities’ responses to them.

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HBEL 5370 - The LGBTO Experience: Sexual and Gender Diversities

Examines the problems of America’s homosexual minority. Presents homophobia (fear of homosexuals or homosexuality) as a prejudice held by all people, gay and straight, in a society which holds that heterosexuality is the “normal” and “acceptable” behavior and attitude. Intended to expand the students’ awareness of how homophobic attitudes affect them and their relationships with other people in both professional and non-professional settings.

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HBEL 5373 - Leadership Development in Anti-Violence Work: The Susan Schechter Social Action Seminar

Collaboratively sponsored by Futures Without Violence, The Susan Schechter Leadership Development Fellowship and University of Connecticut School of Social Work, this interdisciplinary seminar will give students a structure for developing their analytic and social action abilities in the area of violence against women, children and in families. Study of the movement to end violence against these popu-lations and its connections to other social change movements, such as civil rights and GLBT rights will be examined. The leadership approach demonstrated in the course is based on the work of Susan Schechter, an academic, activist, practitioner and writer.

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HBEL 5376 - Puerto Rican and Latina Women and Their Reality.

Emphasizes the double oppression that the Puerto Rican woman faces. Analyzes the double burden that she confronts when seeking to maintain her identity as a Puerto Rican and as a woman in a society which discriminates against both groups. Equal emphasis is placed on issues of racism, classism, and heterosexualism since these issues create an even stronger burden on Puerto Rican women. Special consideration is given to Puerto Rican cultural aspects of the socialization process of males and females with a focus on rigid adherence to sex roles (e.g., machismo – marianismo).Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Puerto Rican/Latino/a Studies Social Work; Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Social Work with Women and Children in Families; Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Urban Issues in Social Work .

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HBEL 5381 - Child Maltreatment: History, Theory, Prevention and Intervention.

Primarily for students with some practice experience in family and children’s services, examines the phenomena of child abuse and neglect and societal and professional responses aimed at their prevention and treatment. As with other courses in the Substantive Area in Family and Children’s Services, it is presented in the context of ecologically-oriented, family-centered child welfare policy and practice.Elective course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Social Work with Women and Children in Families.

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HBEL 5393 - Emerging Issues in Mental Health and Substance Abuse

This course is designed to introduce students to current issues confronting providers of mental health and addiction services and consumers of these services as we enter the 21st Century. Philosophies about people with mental health, addiction and co-occurring disorders are changing in response to the developing knowledge base and the rise of consumer movements. Specific emphasis on the growing need for broad based multi cultural service systems for consumers will be fostered. Issues of poverty and the “severely and predominantly mentally ill” will be discussed.Required course for Substantive Area: Focused Area of Study on Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Social Work Practice.

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