Instructor: Marcia Iris Baum, MSW, LCSW

Mondays 4:10- 6:55  PM


Fall  2004


Course Description:  This course combines both classroom lectures and  interactive discussions with  a community-based fieldwork component.  Students are required to complete interviews in their local community with non-profit or for profit agencies. An independent study fieldwork final paper is required with this course. The intent of the fieldwork is to apply academic information into a real-life experience.

Refer to CFS 426 final paper.



Marcia Iris Baum, MSW, LCSW

Office:              Burk Hall 302

Telephone:       415-338-3421


Office hours:   Mondays  2:30-3:45 or by appointment


Class meets in Burk Hall 352

Required readings- Books: “A Child Called It” by Dave Pelzer, and “Co-Dependent No More” by Melody Beattie. Other required readings are online - electronic reserve at  SFSU library. (password protected)

Course Requirements: This course satisfies a requirement in the GE 3 cluster Families in Change. It is a 3 unit course. In order to earn GE credit you must complete 60 units by the end of the semester. GE 3 requires a written assignment (maximum 10-12 pages) graded by instructor and this assignment will be based on fieldwork. A minimum grade of a  C - is required if you are taking this course for credit. It is your responsibility to check your enrollment status. 


Withdrawal Policy & CR/NCR Policy:

The last day to drop a course without receiving a W grade is September 22. If you want to withdraw from a course after this date you must obtain written approval from the instructor and the college dean between September 23 to November 15. Withdrawal from a class after November 15  will be considered only under “extreme circumstances” and must be accompanied with appropriate documentation.  If you are applying for Credit/No Credit Option decide on a timely basis. The last day to apply for CR/NC is Wednesday October 20th. No “incomplete” grades will be allowed unless there is serious illness accompanied by documentation.

You may elect to withdraw from any class in CHHS. YOU are responsible for withdrawing by touchtone or by petitioning the Registrar. Your instructor is not responsible for dropping you from the class list if you stop attending.



Evaluation and Grading Procedures:

Your course grade will be evaluated and based on points earned.

  1. Midterm Exam-30 % of points that can be earned.   Exam consists of  45

Multiple Choice questions valued at 2.5 points each.

  1. Final Exam- 30 % of points that can be earned. Exam consists of 45 multiple- choice questions valued at 2.5 points each.
  2. Fieldwork Review and Final Term Paper-40 % of points that can be earned. Grade will be based on your visitation of a minimum of 8 field work crisis agencies and/or a combination of   two of your personal experiences with a family crisis and visitation of   6 field work crisis agencies. The final fieldwork paper must be in your own words and not copied.  You may visit agencies with other classmates in small groups and gather materials for the entire group of students. Papers will not be accepted after due date of November 29. Plan your time wisely.
  3. Class attendance is necessary and class participation is encouraged. Lecture material from class will be included on both examinations.
  4. There are a total of 333 points plus extra credit optional points toward final grade. Midterm = 100 points (30%), Final=100 pts. (30%), Final paper=133 pts. (40%).
  5. Extra credit assignments will be provided for additional points.


Semester starts August 30, no class on September 6 (Labor  Day), last class Dec 6.


CFS/D Department Phone # 338-1219, CFS/D office is located in Burk Hall Room 329. 


FINAL Exam- Monday Dec 13, 4:10-7 PM in Burk Hall 352


Due date for final paper is Monday Nov 29, if you hand it in at least one week early you will be given 5 extra points.


Statement on Cheating and Plagiarism: Cheating is the actual or attempted practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one’s grade or obtaining course credit; such acts also include assisting another student to do so. Typically, such acts occur in relation to examinations. The term cheating is not limited to exams only, but any and all actions taken by a student that are intended to gain an unearned academic advantage by fraud or deceptive means. Plagiarism is a form of cheating that consists of the misuse of published and/or unpublished works of others by misrepresenting the material, ie-their intellectual property, as one’s own work. Penalties for cheating and plagiarism range from an F on a particular assignment, to an F for the course, to expulsion from the University. Refer to Schedule of Courses (legal notices on cheating and plagiarism) or the University Catalog (policies and regulations).


Course Objectives/Student Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognition that a crisis represents a temporary inability to cope by means of usual coping strategies.

2.   Recognition that crisis management consists of a process of working through a     crisis to its resolution and that it is a short term helping process.

3.   Understanding of family relationship dynamics, including both functional and dysfunctional systems prior to and during crisis times.

  1. Understanding interpersonal and individual experiences of family members in response to stress associated with transitional and situational crises.
  2. Awareness of factors important for effective crises management, including support systems, stress management, change adeptness, and family values.
  3. Awareness of crisis intervention services for families through fieldwork and application of academic classroom learning.
  4. Knowledge of current research, trends and theories from behavioral and social sciences that are relevant to crisis intervention work.
  5. Ability to locate appropriate resources for intervention through use of resource materials including internet, telephone books and university listings.
  6. Ability to strengthen communication and interview skills.


General Schedule for Lectures and Discussions (subject to minor changes)


Class 1   August 30   Welcome, review course agenda and fieldwork project,

Crisis theory, stress, family systems theory, boundaries and  roles within family systems (Refer to lesson plan)


Class 2    Sept 13      Functional  and dysfunctional family systems, Addicted

                                   Families   - Film clips to illustrate disease and dysfunction


Class 3    Sept 20       Alcoholic families, co-dependency, family dynamics


Class 4    Sept 27       Alcoholism, Twelve Step Model of Treatment, Harm Reduction

Theory, Behaviors & Characteristics of Adult Children of     Alcoholics, supports 


Class 5    Oct 4           Families with eating disorders, at risk adolescents, influence of 

                                    family dynamics & cultural expectations on teen’s body  image


Class 6    Oct 11         Families with incest, mandated reporting,


Class 7    Oct 18         Families with physical & psychological child abuse,  book

                                    discussion of  “A Child Called It”, treatment interventions


Class 8    Oct 25         Unplanned teenage pregnancy


Class 9     Nov 1          Midterm Exam   - bring scantron form 882 


Class 10   Nov 8          Divorce, re-marriage and step-families 


Class 11   Nov 15        Elder care, aging and elder abuse mandated reporting


Class 12   Nov 22        Death and Dying


Class 13   Nov 29        (Final Paper Due)      Suicide in the Family


Class 14   Dec 6     Last Class  - Homelessness and Runaway Youth,

                              Review for Final Exam


Class 15   Dec 13   FINAL EXAM,  bring    scantron 882 form      


 Disruptive Classroom Behavior: Cell phones and pagers must be turned off at all times, even if you are on call for work.  Due to privacy concerns and the nature of the subject matter TAPE RECORDING IS NOT PERMITTED. The classroom is a special environment where students and faculty come together to promote learning and growth. It is essential that you respect the rights of others to learn, the professionalism of the instructor, and the goals of academic freedom.  Please refrain from talking in class unless you want to share views with the entire class and instructor. Do not sleep, eat or read newspapers in class.  Different viewpoints are welcome, but be respectful of others when disagreeing and avoid degrading remarks and comments. Student misconduct is disruptive for all and disrupts learning. It will not be tolerated and may lead to disciplinary action or removal from the classroom.


American with Disabilities Act: The university is committed to providing students with disabilities  reasonable academic accommodations. The Office of Services for Students with Disabilities can assist students who have  physical, perceptual or learning disabilities as addressed by the ADA act. You must make a formal request through Services for Students with Disabilities. Please notify your instructor so that reasonable efforts can be made to accommodate you.


If you need special accommodations for examinations or other assistance  you can contact the student disability resource center on campus, telephone  338-6356.