BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

IHMS-150 - Introduction to the Family in Human Service Practice - 3.00 Credits

IHMS-150 - Introduction to the Family in Human Service Practice - 3.00 Credits

Course Details
This course is an examination of the family in both historical and current Indigenous and Canadian contexts, which provides the groundwork for beginning practice with families in human service work. Current social, political, cultural, and economic influences on diverse families are presented. Topics include family of origin, family systems theory and family communication theory.
Part of the:
  • Available/Required in the following Programs:
  • Indigenous Human Services Certificate - Certificate Completion Plan
  • Prerequisites : Program admission or permission of the program coordinator
    Course Outline
    Instructors Qualifications: Relevant Master's Degree
    Office Hours: 1.5 hours per week
    Contact Hours: 45
    Student Evaluation
    Assignments: 50-70%, Final 30-50%, Total 100%. Grading procedures follow NVIT policy.
    Learning Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to:

    • demonstrate an understanding of the role of self-worth in normative human development and how family life influences development of self-worth within mainstream and Indigenous contexts;

    • demonstrate an understanding of the effects of colonization on Indigenous families and communities; 

    • describe the characteristics of functional or nurturing families as well as the characteristics of dysfunctional or troubled families; 

    • describe the diversity of the "Canadian family" and the pressures this institution endures, particularly among Indigenous populations; 

    • develop a broader understanding of the issues that currently affect and define marriage and family relationships in Canada; 

    • participate in a cooperative learning model; and

    • develop a level of self-awareness of the impact of own family experience which enables the development of their professional identity.

    Text and Materials: Shimoni, R. & Baxter, J. (2014). Working with families. Toronto, ON: Pearson Canada Inc.
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