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Gerontology Certificate (GER)
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.
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.
HUS130 Life Changes & Crisis: Adaptation & Intervention
Pre:Communications Proficiency
Examines key life events leading to increased insight, change, adaptation, growth, stress and/or crisis in the life of an individual. Concentration on interpersonal relationships, social cohesion and conflict. Coping behaviors, models and counseling approaches to stress and crisis intervention will be studied and practiced in class situations.
LA-ELECTIVE Liberal Arts Elective(s)
PSY112 Introduction to Gerontology
Pre: Communications Proficiency
Surveys major areas of concern in gerontology, including the physiological aspects of aging. Particular emphasis will be made in developmental tasks, role change in the family, community and the larger society, personal adjustment, facing death, economics, and societal responses to aging. Fulfills open, liberal arts, social science, and behavioral science electives.
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.
HUS137 Field Placement 1: Human Services Practitioner
Pre: Communication Proficiency; MEH105 or PSY112, or permission of instructor
Through professionally supervised work with people in human service agencies and on-campus faculty guided seminars, students should be able to: critically examine their own values and personal attitudes toward the people they serve; communicate effectively with their fellow workers and the people they serve; utilize the skills they have learned by providing the appropriate support for the people they serve. (120 hours of field placement per semester and 2 hours of seminar per week.)
SWG104 Nutritional and Health Aspects of Aging
The student will gain information and skills needed to assess and improve nutritional and health patterns of the older adult. Emphasis will be placed on preventative health maintenance. Additionally, this course will explore attitudes and thoughts which have led to both problems in these areas and solutions to health and nutritional deficits among the elderly.
SWG203 Advocacy for Elders
Pre: PSY112
Designed to provide basic knowledge and techniques to use advocacy as a democratic process for change. Included in the course will be techniques for taking action with others to solve common problems. The course will provide an understanding of the legislative process in Massachusetts and practical ways of influencing representative government. Problems of Medicare, Medicaid, wills, fraud, and Social Security also will be presented.
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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