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CRIM 260 - Client Growth and Development

3 Credit: (3 lecture, 0 lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours: [Reading Level 3 ]

This course provides an understanding of and sensitivity to the motivations and behaviors of correctional clients. Students review the general factors believed to be influential in human development, then analyze specific problems of prisoners. Included are prevention theories and intervention and treatment strategies.
OFFERED: spring semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Differentiate between normal and criminal behavior.

  1. Define law.
  2. Define society.
  3. Define culture.
  4. Define mores.
  5. Define tradition.

Goal 2:  Assess the impact of early environments on behavior.

  1. Describe human need for love and affection.
  2. Explain impact of sensory deprivation.
  3. Identify typical benchmark events in human development.
  4. Explain findings of research done with twins raised in different environments.

Goal 3:  Determine the influence of biological factors on behavior.

  1. Discuss the “nature vs. nurture” controversy of behavior.
  2. Identify psychological disorders known to have hereditary or biological origins.
  3. List known psychogenic drugs and describe their impact on behavior.
  4. List common street drugs and describe their impact on behavior.
  5. Describe the effects of alcohol on behavior.
  6. Describe the effects of drugs and alcohol on fetal development.

Goal 4:  Evaluate the role family has on behavior.

  1. Describe effects of divorce and single parent families on behavior.
  2. Compare large family with small family behavior patterns.

Goal 5:  Summarize human development of juvenile and young adult offenders.

  1. Define selective enforcement.
  2. Describe the treatment model employed by the Juvenile Justice system.
  3. Describe the various treatment alternatives available to juvenile authorities and Probate Judges.
  4. Describe the three basic stages of development.
  5. Discuss role ambiguity.
  6. Explain the influence of gender on young adult development.
  7. Describe the interaction of physical appearance on self-concept and behavior.
  8. Describe typical coping mechanisms of young adults.
  9. Explain how some coping mechanisms can develop into criminal behavior.

Goal 6:  Compare the costs of institutionalization to other intervention options.

  1. Describe costs to the government.
  2. Describe costs to the society.
  3. Describe costs to the offender.

Goal 7:  Examine key issues in client growth and development.

  1. Compare U.S. sentencing policies with those of other nations.
  2. Evaluate treatment and control community alternatives to institutionalization.
  3. Appraise the training problems associated with preparing people to work with offenders.
  4. Compare the benefits of institutionalization to other intervention options.

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