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Counseling Instruction

COUNS 1, DEVELOPING LEARNING SKILLS 1 UNIT

• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to help students at all academic levels to improve their study skills in reading textbooks, taking notes, setting goals, preparing for examinations, and managing time. This course is offered on a credit/no credit basis only.

COUNS 11, ORIENTATION TO HIGHER EDUCATION 1 UNIT

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces higher education and the Master Plan for Higher Education in California . Emphasis is on curricula available at community colleges, state and independent colleges and universities, and the University of California . Included will be discussion of non-curricular areas in higher education and general educational policies, student government and its role in education, and environmental differences in the various institutions of higher learning, especially in California . This course should prove especially useful to international students or others unfamiliar with the structure and philosophy of higher education, both public and private. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only.

COUNS 12, CAREER PLANNING 1 UNIT

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed to inform and assist students in making appropriate and satisfying career choices. Using self-evaluation instruments, students identify interests, abilities, values, and goals. Skills necessary for future career investigation and decision-making are included.

COUNS 17, CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS 1 UNIT

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

Conflict is a fact of life. How one feels and behaves in response to conflict determines whether negative or positive outcomes are experienced. This course focuses on individual attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors about conflict, and provides insight into the ways individuals can view conflict in a positive way. It also explores the various causes of conflict, mediation strategies and interventions, the practical ways in which conflict resolution could be implemented in daily life, as well as career paths that utilize conflict resolution skills.

COUNS 18, BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT 1 UNIT

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

The aim of this course is to enable participants to identify behavioral patterns and physiological responses to anger expression and to examine and practice strategies for anger management.

COUNS 20, STUDENT SUCCESS SEMINAR 3 UNITS

Transfer: UC, CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course provides an exploration of intellectual, psychological, social, and physical factors that impact lifelong learning, well being, and success. Topics include motivation and self-efficacy; critical thinking and effective study strategies; health issues and lifestyle choices; relating to others in a diverse world; effective written and oral communication; time management; career exploration; and transfer and educational planning.

 

COUNS 90B, GENERAL INTERNSHIP 2 UNITS

Transfer: CSU • Prerequisite: None.

This course provides students with on-the-job practical work experience to enhance work-related skills, increase awareness of potential careers, and develop knowledge of the “work culture.” The internship need not be related to the students’ educational or career goal.

COUNS 906, AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE LEVEL 1 (BEGINNER) 0 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

This introductory course is designed for the student with little or no previous knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL). ASL is taught using an interactive approach, which includes classroom conversation, games and exercises. Students learn basic everyday communication skills, using signed words and fingerspelling. Course content includes

COUNS 910, ABI CONNECTIONS 0 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

This course is taught in community settings for adults with acquired brain injuries. The course instructs students in retraining and increasing cognitive skills. Caregivers will be included in the instruction when desirable.

COUNS 912, DEVELOPING OCCUPATIONAL SKILLS 0 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

The Development Occupational Skills class is a two-year program designed for developmentally disabled/slow learners. The program curriculum includes development of basic skills in the areas of meal planning and preparation, shopping, money management, sex education, social behavior, leisure, and pre-vocational skills.

Counseling – Disabled Student Services

COUNS 1H, STUDY SKILLS LAB (1,1,1,1,1) 0.5 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces specific learning and study strategies that assist students in meeting the academic demands of their college courses. These labs are designed for students with learning difficulties and are used as a screening for possible learning disabilities. These study labs are offered to students concurrently enrolled in an academic class. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only.

COUNS 2H, STUDY SKILLS LAB (1,1,1,1,1) 0.5 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

This course introduces specific learning and study strategies that assist students in meeting the academic demands of their college courses. These labs are designed for students with learning difficulties and are used as a screening for possible learning disabilities. These study labs are offered to students concurrently enrolled in an academic class. Offered on a credit/no credit basis only.

COUNS 13H, PERSONAL AND SOCIAL AWARENESS 1 UNIT

• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed for students who wish to gain greater self-awareness, become more sensitive to others, and improve their communication skills through group interaction.

COUNS 21H, ADAPTED COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY 1 UNIT

• Prerequisite: None.

In the context of word processing, students receive instruction in the assistive technology needed to provide computer access for completion of written academic assignments. This course is designed for the Disabled Students Program and students must enroll through the Disabled Students High Tech Center. Students must be concurrently enrolled in an academic class at Santa Monica College . Experience with basic word processing skills is strongly suggested.

COUNS 22H, ADAPTED COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, INTERNET SKILLS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (1,1) 1 UNIT

• Prerequisite: None.

In the context of the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomics, students learn Internet skills and resources helpful for academic coursework. This class is designed for students eligible for the Disabled Students Program, and students must enroll through the Disabled Students/High Tech Center. Students must be concurrently enrolled in academic classes at SMC. Experience with basic word processing skills is strongly suggested.

COUNS 25H, ADAPTED COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY, TECHNOLOGY TOOLS FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (.5,.5,.5) 0.5 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

In the context of the appropriate assistive technology and ergonomics, students learn software programs relevant to their academic success. Programs address academic strategies and reference tools, (e.g., brainstorming, organizing information, planning, spelling and homonym checking, dictionaries and thesauri), text to speech technology, and the fundamentals of industry-standard applications used in mainstream courses (e.g., Excel, Access, Photo Shop). This class is designed for students eligible for the Disabled Students Program, and students must enroll through the Disabled Students/High Tech Center. Students must be concurrently enrolled in academic classes at SMC. Experience with basic word processing skills is strongly suggested.

COUNS 41H, INDEPENDENT LIVING SKILLS 2 UNITS

• Prerequisite: None.

This course is designed for those physically disabled students who wish to function more independently in their activities of daily living (ADL). Emphasis will be placed on skill acquisition in both home and community activities through an application of problem-solving methods and a learning hierarchy. Assessments of functional performance will be administered in order to provide behavioral feedback information and encourage skill improvement. Skills necessary for successful community and college adaptation will be included in instruction. Principles of consumer advocacy and a historical framework of the disabled in the U.S. and California will be included.