Seminars Offered by USAO


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.