Police, college educators and social services experts have once again joined forces to present two one-hour classes at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. The courses, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, are a joint effort between three local institutions -- the Women's Service and Family Resource Center, the Chickasha Police Department and USAO's sociology faculty.
The first class, Domestic Violence, began on Tuesday, Aug. 30. Students can still enroll in the course when it meets for the second time on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
"The courses are designed for criminal justice and social service agency professionals, but they are well-suited for students and others in the community," says Dr. Jay Bass, associate professor of sociology at USAO. Bass will be a speaker in both courses.
"Domestic Violence" (sociology 2881) meets on Tuesday evenings from 7-10., through Sept. 27. It will focus on problems associated with physical and mental abuse within family relationships. College professors, assisted by police and other professionals, will present methods for dealing with these problems. Discussion will include working toward solutions with the criminal justice system and social service agencies.
Lectures will be presented by local professionals, including Jenny Roberts and Debbie Gitthens of the Women's Service and Family Resource Center, Rita McClaskey from the Chisolm Trail Mental Health Center, Kelly Moran of the Chickasha Police Department, Charlotte Frazier of Adult Protective Services, and Dr. Jay Bass of USAO's sociology department.
Other speakers will include Ellen Patterson of the Department of Human Services, District Judge James Winchester, and Mark Gibson of the Assistant District Attorney's office.
Course topics include the "cycle of violence," child abuse, adult protective services, and psychology of the abusive family.
The second course, "Sexual Assault," begins on Oct. 4 and continues through Nov.
1. The class will meet on Tuesday nights, 7-10, and is also a part of the sociology curriculum at USAO. It will cover crimes, how social services agencies deal with both offenders and victims, and response by the criminal justice system.
The cost is $33.25 for each course. One hour of college credit is available. No textbook is required. Students may enroll in one or both courses.
For more information, interested persons may contact Dr. Bass at USAO, 224-3140, ext. 243.