Interpersonal Studies Course Outline

The lessons in this course may be used in any sequence. The suggested sequence order is as follows:

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I. Personal Development

A. Personal growth
B. Self concept
C. Character traits

  • (1) The student evaluates factors related to personal development. The student is expected to:
    • (A) investigate factors that affect personal identity, personality, and selfesteem
    • (B) analyze how the family influences the development of personal identity and self-esteem of all family members, including those with special needs
    • (C) propose strategies that promote physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development

II. Decision Making

A. Personal priorities
B. Making decisions
C. Decisions affecting your health

  • (2) The student determines short-term and long-term implications of personal decisions. The student is expected to:
    • (A) summarize the decision-making process
    • (B) discuss consequences and responsibilities of decisions
    • (C) evaluate the effect of decisions on health, well-being, family, interpersonal relationships, employment, and society as a whole

III. Transition into Adulthood

A. Adult lifestyle options
B. Lifestyle consequences

  • (3) The student analyzes considerations related to the transition to independent adulthood. The student is expected to:
    • (A) analyze adjustments related to achieving independence
    • (B) explore responsibilities of living as an independent adult

IV. Relationship Development and the Family

A. Developing relationships
B. Friendship dating patterns
C. Communicating socially

  • (4) The student analyzes the family’s role in relationship development. The student is expected to:
    • (A) examine the development of relationships
    • (B) investigate the family’s role in fostering the abilities of its members to develop healthy relationships
    • (C) analyze effects of cultural patterns on family relationships

V. Relationship Development Beyond the Family

A. Friends
B. Peers
C. Community and world
D. Society

  • (5) The student analyzes relationship development outside the family. The student is expected to:
    • (A) explore ways to promote positive friendships
    • (B) assess the influence of peers on the individual
    • (C) determine appropriate responses to authority figures
    • (D) propose ways to promote an appreciation of diversity

VI. Marital Success

A. Engagement and marriage
B. Components of a successful marriage
C. Problem solving and communication

  • (6) The student determines factors related to marital success. The student is expected to:
    • (A) discuss functions and roles of dating
    • (B) analyze components of a successful marriage
    • (C) examine communication skills and behaviors that strengthen marriage

VII. Dynamic Family Life Cycle

A. Family life today
B. Changing family dynamics
C. Family functions in varying cultures
D. Characteristics of strong families
E. The Family Life Cycle
F. Family structures

  • (7) The student determines methods that promote an effective family unit. The student is expected to:
    • (A) describe diverse family structures
    • (B) identify the function of individuals within the family
    • (C) compare functions of families in various cultures
    • (D) predict the effects of societal, demographic, and economic trends on individuals and the family
    • (E) determine procedures for meeting individual and family needs through resource management
    • (F) explain how technology influences family functions and relationships
    • (G) determine the impact of effective family functioning on community and society
  • (8) The student determines how changes occurring throughout the family life cycle impact individuals and families. The student is expected to:
    • (A) describe the stages of the family life cycle
    • (B) examine roles and responsibilities of individuals and family members throughout the family life cycle
    • (C) analyze financial considerations related to the family life cycle
    • (D) predict the effects of technological advances on families throughout the family life cycle
    • (E) formulate a plan for effective management of technology on families throughout the family life cycle

VIII. Analyzing Family Crisis

A. Dealing with family crises
B. Resources to help withstand family crises
C. Coping with crises
D. Types of crises

  • (9) The student analyzes types of needs and crises experienced by individuals and families. The student is expected to:
    • (A) categorize types of crises and their effect on individuals and families
    • (B) determine strategies for prevention and management of individual and family problems and crises
    • (C) identify resources and support systems that provide assistance to families in crisis
    • (D) assess management strategies and technology available to meet special needs of family members
    • (E) summarize laws and public policies related to the family

IX. Stress Management

A. Coping with stress
B. Health and wellness resources
C. Preventative health practices
D. Other aspects of health

  • (10) The student determines stress-management techniques effective for individuals and families. The student is expected to:
    • (A) describe the impact of stress on individuals and relationships
    • (B) identify factors contributing to stress
    • (C) practice creative techniques for managing stress
    • (D) implement positive strategies for dealing with change

X. Careers in Counseling and Mental Health

A. Decisions concerning your future career
B. Deciding on a career
C. Decisions about your education

  • (11) The student determines opportunities and preparation requirements for careers in counseling and mental health services. The student is expected to:
    • (A) determine employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements for careers in the field of counseling and mental health services
    • (B) determine how interests, abilities, and personal priorities affect career choice
    • (C) propose short-term and long-term career goal
  • (12) The student exhibits employability skills. The student is expected to:
    • (D) determine ethical practices in the workplace

XI. Employability Skills

A. Developing workplace skills
B. Strategies for job success

  • (12) The student exhibits employability skills. The student is expected to:
    • (A) practice effective verbal, nonverbal, written, and electronic communication skills
    • (B) analyze the influence of cultural background on patterns of communication
    • (C) practice positive interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution, negotiation, teamwork, and leadership
    • (E) use leadership and team member skills in problem-solving situations

XII. Management Practices of Individuals

A. Types of family and work relationships
B. Employment trends
C. Realities of the workplace
D. Techniques for managing family and work

  • (13) The student analyzes management practices facilitating individuals assuming multiple family, community, and wage-earner roles. The student is expected to:
    • (A) determine the impact of career choice on family life
    • (B) describe the effect of family life on workplace productivity
    • (C) determine employment practices and trends that support families
    • (D) explain how technology impacts career options and family roles

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