GERO 1115: Communication Skills with Older Adults I

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Course Format Lecture 4.0 h + Seminar 0.0 h + Lab. 0.0 h
Credits 3.0

Course Description

Students explore the central role of the therapeutic relationship for helping older persons. They reflect on their motivation for becoming helpers in the field of gerontology, analyze their own natural style of helping, and learn how to use a recognized helping skills framework. Students learn the value of self-care, the client-centred approach, and practice primary helping skills including basic listening, empathy, and influencing. They have multiple opportunities to practice using the skills to effectively conduct interviews with older persons and their families.

This is a highly participatory course. Students will learn through a variety of learning activities such as lectures, case studies, group discussions, audio visual presentations, readings, audio taping, videotaping, exams and written assignments. All students will be expected to participate in role-playing in class in order to perfect their use of the skills taught in this course.

Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma in Gerontology and Certificate in Social Service Worker (Gerontology).

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