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Developmental Disabilities Direct Support Certificate (DSC)
Program Course Descriptions


CMP101 Composition 1
Pre: Placement exam score
Emphasis is on developing skills of writing, reading, analytical thinking, and research. Students are introduced to thought provoking ideas in readings from a variety of disciplines and learn to organize material, analyze ideas, and produce clear writing. Fulfills open and liberal arts electives.
DVD101 Introduction to Developmental Disabilities
Develops a sensitivity to individuals who have developmental disabilities. Explores major causes, current teaching techniques, and behavioral intervention strategies. Also focuses on the history of services, litigation and consent decrees, and the philosophy of inclusion, perspectives of treatment models, key roles litigation and the courts have played, and the current inclusionary philosophy. (Formerly MEH107)
DVD121 Field Place & Sem 1 in Developmental Disabilities
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Professionally supervised field work with individuals of all ages with developmental disabilities (such as mental retardation, autism, and fetal alcohol syndrome) in residential, vocational, recreational, and educational settings and on-campus faculty guided seminars. Students will critically examine their own values and attitudes towards the individuals they serve, communicate effectively with co-workers, and apply skills and principles they have learned. (Formally MEH121)
HUS101 The Human Services Worker
Provides the instruments to explore and evaluate personal values, motives, feelings, needs, attitudes, interests and personality traits especially as they pertain to awarenesses which will help a Human Services worker; and explores personal and societal prejudices, stereotyping behaviors, and biases.
DVD103 Developmental Disabilities: Special Topics
Develops a deeper understanding of people with developmental disabilities as creators of their own personal visions. Students will explore topics including person centered thinking, teaching and learning, human rights, sexuality, grief and loss, and families, and Human Rights Training. Students will explore how to balance the health and safety of the individual's rights for choice and self-determination.
HUS102 Helping Skills in Human Services
Pre: HUS101
Designed to help develop individual and group interaction skills based on historical and contemporary models applicable in the field of Human Services work. Utilizing audio and video taping; role play; and active classroom participation in exercises designed to demonstrate competence in appropriate listening skills, problem solving, and decision making strategies.
PSY102 Introductory Psychology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Systematic study of behavior including the development of psychology as a science, the biological basis of behavior, learning and memory, motivation, sensation and perception, personality development, cognitive processes, maturation and development, and adjustment. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
North Shore Community College reserves the right to make changes in courses, program requirements, policies, and regulations as circumstances dictate. There is no guarantee that any listed course will be offered in any given semester.
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