Syllabus for 224

HUSR 224 Hum. 222J Self-Esteem Strategies Office Hours

Fall 2011 Mon/Wed 9:30-10:50 Mon. 9-9:30 Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA Wed.9-9:30 E-Mail: Office Phone (714)484-7000Ext. 48220

3 units transfer credit




Branden, NathanielThe Six Pillars of Self-Esteem

Bantam, New York 1994 

Course Description: 

This course is designed for the considering a career in management and staff development in Human services Agencies, with special application to client aftercare programs. Theory and technique are combined in this skills class to assist case managers and program directors with assessment and evaluation, individual recovery program directors, educational process and materials, and utilization of resources and referral procedures. The course focuses on issues of self-esteem, concept formation, problem-solving and decision making for client and/or staff development. 

Instructional Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the ability to assess agency staff needs and personal problem areas.
  2. Illustrate the process of establishing individual and group goals and objectives.
  3. Organize and conduct training sessions in self-esteem, self-evaluation theory and motivational processes.
  4. Analyze communication problems among agency staff and generate


effective communication strategies among both staff and clients.

Course Content and Scope


  1. The Need for Better Management.
  2. Self Assessment Matrix Administrative practice.
  3. Legal issues In Drug and Alcohol Treatment.
  4. Social Policy Issues.
  5. Planning and financial Considerations.
  6. Research and Evaluation Issues.
  7. Special Populations: adolescents, elderly, dual diagnosis patients,


Disabled persons, etc.


Students are expected to spend a minimum of six hours each

week in preparation for class. Outside assignments will include:

Assigned reading of text, supplemental reading of journal

articles, newspaper and magazine reading to determine current

information on self-esteem strategies in Human Service


Instructional Methodologies:

1. Lectures

2. Group discussion and presentations (small and large).

3. Films with class discussion and critiques.

4. Discuss and review unit examinations.

5. Guest speakers

Multiple Methods of Evaluation:

1. Class participation (discussion and exercises).

2. Written Mid-term and Final Exam (The Final is a comprehensive/group exam).

4. Written assignments displaying methods of critique critical thinking that

focus on Self-Esteem Strategies.

5. Individual and group presentations to the class.


1. Students will be able to apply the functional approach to the development of self-esteem in the recovery, intervention, and treatment of individuals in recovery.

2. Student will be able apply the strategies of developing and maintaining self-esteem with the client while in an incarcerated, and/or non-custody setting.

3. The students will be able to facilitate and participate in a group in the application of interventions and recognition of dysfunctional behavior of individual group members.

4. The student will be able to compare and contrast the toxic and supportive individual in inter-personal and intra-personal relationships in the Human Services field.

Class Expectations and Procedures:

1. Attendance:

Attendance for all scheduled classes is paramount. After a student accumulates more than two absences you may be dropped from the class. You must attend class regularly. Please be on time! If you have personal business to conduct, be courteous enough to attend to it before or after class.

2. Academic Honesty Policy:

It is expected that you do your own work, both during assignments and at the time of testing. Plagiarism is not allowed under any circumstances. Make sure that you understand all assignments and develop your own ideas using your own words.

3. Student Services

Students with verified disabilities requiring accommodation should make specific known to the instructor in a timely manner, preferably at the beginning of the semester or at least one prior to the identified need.

4. Emergency Procedures:

In the event of a emergency and classroom or building evacuation is required, please take personal belongings with you to a clear and safe area.

5. Food and Beverages:

Refreshments are not permitted in the classroom. (water is permitted)

6. Beepers and Cell Phones:

Please turn off all devices while class is in session. The use of cell phones during class will result in exclusion from this course.

Weekly Assignments:

 Date Topics to be covered Text Readings

8-15 Course introduction Syllabus

8-17 Self-Esteem: The Immune System Chapter 1

of Consciousness

8-22 Self-Esteem: The Immune System Chapter 1

8-24 of Consciousness

8-29 The Meaning of Self-Esteem Chapter 2


9-5 Holiday No School

9-7 The Face of Self-Esteem Chapter 3


9-14 The Illusion of Self-Esteem Chapter 4


9-21 EXAM #1 Chap. 1-4

9-26 The practice of Living Consciously Chapter 6


10-3 The Practice of Self-Acceptance Chapter 7


10-10/12 The Practice of Self-Responsibility      Chapter 8

10-17 EXAM # 2 Chap. 6-8

10-19/23 The Practice of Self-Assertiveness Chapter 9

10-26/31 The Practice of Living Purposefully Chapter 10

11-2/7 The Philosophy of Self-Esteem Chapter 12





11-9 EXAM # 3 Chap.9,10.12


11-14 Nurturing a Childs Self-Esteem Chapter 13


11-21 Self Esteem in the Schools Chapter 14


11-28 Self-Esteem and Work Chapter 15


12-5 Self-Esteem and Culture Chapter 17


12-7 Preparation & Review Final Exam Chapter 1-17


12-8 FINAL EXAM Chapter 1-17(Group Presentation) 8:00-10:00 A.M.