Virgil Adams III

Virgil Adams III, M.A. Psychology

Human Services, Social Sciences
Sociology, Social Sciences


Phone: 714-484-7000 Ext : 48220

Office Hours : 9:00-9:30 a.m. Monday-Thursday

Location: Humanities Bldg. Rm.222J


Syllabus for 291



HUSR 291                                             Office 222J
Counseling in Criminal Justice                  Office Hours

Spring 2010 T/R. 11:00-12:20                Tue. 10:30
Instructor: Virgil Adams, III MA             Thur.10:30

E-Mail: Also by appt.
Office Phone (714)484-7000  ext. 48220

3 units transfer credit




Champion, Dean

Probation, Parole and Community Corrections 6th. Ed.

Prentice Hall, New Jersey 2005

Course Description:

This course explores current theory and practice in the counseling of those in state prison treatment programs. Topics include an overview of the California Department of Correction, the inmate classification system, specialized inmate management topics, violence management strategies, victim awareness issues, the process of addiction and recovery an overview of assessment instruments, an exploration of sociopathy, and group counseling dynamics.

Instructional Objectives:

  1. Describe the California Department of Corrections.

  2. Describe the inmate classification system.

  3. Characterize verbally and in writing the criminals view of themselves and others.

  4. Identify the tactics of power and control and how they operate in inmate staff relations.

  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the process of addiction.

  6. Demonstrate the ability to predict and control violence.

Course Content and Scope:

  1. California Department of Corrections.

  2. The Inmate Classification System.

  3. The Criminal point of view.

  4. Tactics of power and control.

  5. Assessing and Managing Risk of Violence.

  6. Sentencing Options/Alternative Sentencing

  7. Clinical Assessment of Potential for Violence.

  8. Anger Management

  9. Victim Awareness

  10. Domestic Violence Issues

  11. Addiction/Recovery Process

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. Videos with class discussion and critiques.

4. Discuss and review unit examinations.

5. Guest lectures

  1. On site Human Services Organizations and State Prison tours.

Multiple Methods of Evaluation:

1. Class participation (discussion and exercises).

2. Written Mid-term and Final Exam (The Final Essays are comprehensive).

4. Written assignments displaying methods of critique critical thinking that

focus on self-esteem strategies.

5. Individual and group presentations to the class.

6. Term Papers (minimum of 5 pages typed, double spaced) APA format required.

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. Your fellow class members are relying on you.

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. (see online Academic Honesty Policy)

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.

(see on line list of Student Support Services)


4. Emergency Procedures:

In the event of an 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 the exclusion from this course.

Weekly Assignments:

Date Topics to be covered Text Readings

1/19 Course introduction Syllabus

1/21-26 The Criminal Justice System Chapter 1

1/28 Overview of Community Corrections Chapter 3

2-4/9 Sentence and Pre –Sentence Investigation Report                                                                      Chapter 4.

2/11/16 Probation and Probationers         Chapter 5

2/18 Review Exam # 1                            Chapter 1-5

2/23 EXAM #1 Chap. 1-5

2/25 Jails and Prisons                               Chapter 7

3-9/11 Parole and Parolees                      Chapter 8

3/16-18 Early Release, Parole Programs   Chapter 9 
and Parole Revocation

3/23-25 Probation/Parole Organization and Chapter 10

3-30-4-1 Spring Break (No School)

4/6 Review Exam # 2 Chap. 7-10

4/8 EXAM # 2 Chap. 7-10

4/13-15 Probation and Parole Officer Roles and
Responsibilities                               Chapter 11       

4/20-22 Theories of Offender Treatment Chapter 2

4-27/29 Offender Supervision: Types Chapter 12

5-11/13 Juvenile Probation and Parole
Chapter 13

5-13 Review for Final Exam

5/25 FINAL EXAM Chapter 11-13

(objective, true/false, matching) Chapter 2

Essays are cumulative Chapters 1-13

10:30 -12:30 A.M.