May 21, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
    
2017-2018 College Catalog
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BE 302 - Social Systems and Social Supports

S 3 credits This course examines the nature and function of social support. Sources of support are identified and their effectiveness will be evaluated. Attention is given to the people who are dying, their families, and the needs of the people who are bereaved. The initial focus is on the theory of family systems as the smallest and primary social unit. The effect of death and loss in family systems is examined. The course then moves to developing an understanding of larger social systems. Support groups and support provided by peers in mutual help and self care programs are discussed. Additionally, focus will be on the use of educational and community programs as sources of support. Techniques for initiating and working in such programs will be presented. Prerequisites: BE 201 and BE 300.



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