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Gerontology

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GRN 131   Hospice Basics
Credits: 1.00
Description: Provides an introduction to hospice and hospice care, including the hospice philosophy, palliative care, pain and symptom management, death and the dying process, grief and bereavement. Also addresses hospice eligibility, ethics and confidentiality, interdisciplinary team roles, communication, advanced directives, care-giving issues, self-care, and alternative therapies.
GRN 155   Home Care Activity Training
Credits: 1.00
Description: Trains home care providers and adult care home operators to design and implement cognitive, physical, and social-spiritual activities for older adults living in home and adult care home settings to enhance their well-being and quality of life.
GRN 165   Activity Director Training
Credits: 2.00
Description: Course prepares students to manage an activity department; do assessments and documentation; design, schedule, and implement appropriately designed activity programs; foster healthy resident and family dynamics; facilitate resident council meetings; and manage personnel and resources. Audit available.
GRN 166   Nature Activities for Senior Living
Credits: 1.00
Description: Introduces therapeutic horticulture activities reflecting the four seasons for older adults in a wide variety of service settings, including senior center, in-home, and day programs; independent, adult care home, assisted living, skilled and long-term care nursing, dementia care, hospice, and continuing care retirement communities; rehabilitation, corrections and more. Audit available.
GRN 170   Resident Assistant I Training
Credits: 2.00
Description: Provides direct care workers in Assisted Living Facilities the knowledge and skills for both entry and performance levels as a Resident Assistant I, as described by the occupational profiles for that position. The modular, work- based training is designed to establish person-centered care competency levels in the areas of team roles and responsibilities, infection control, service plans, safety, physical effects of aging, and medications. Audit available.
GRN 171   Resident Assistant II Training
Credits: 1.00
Description: Provides advanced direct care workers in Assisted Living Facilities the knowledge and skills for both entry and performance levels as a Resident Assistant II, as described by the occupational profile for that position. The modular, work-based training is designed to establish person-centered care competency levels in the areas of team roles and responsibilities, infection control, service plans, safety, physical effects of aging, and medications, as well as the medication administration, liaison, supervisory and reporting responsibilities of the Resident Assistant II position. Prerequisite/concurrent: GRN 170. Audit available.
GRN 172   Adult Care Home Training
Credits: 2.00
Description: Includes the issues prospective operators and resident managers of Adult Care Home (ACH) will face providing care and services to residents who live in adult care homes. The course uses State of Oregon Adult Care Home Program curriculum and includes demonstrations and practice in the social model of care giving. Audit available.
GRN 175   The Aging Mind
Credits: 1.00
Description: Explores the convergence of gerontology and recent brain science. Presents novel and combinatorial interventions based on recent research on aging brains for today's older students and tomorrow's gerontologists and care providers, introducing them to the emerging array of sustainable approaches to engage, stimulate, and enhance older minds. Audit available.
GRN 176   Cognitive Activity Design
Credits: 2.00
Description: Explores the challenges of applying emerging, evidence-based research in memory and aging to address real-life cognitive challenges. Includes design and demonstration of innovative cognitive activities that are supported by recent brain science findings. Prerequisite/concurrent: GRN 175. Audit available.
GRN 177   Arts & Cognitive Activity Design
Credits: 1.00
Description: Covers the connection between the arts and brain health research in order to create art-related cognitive activities for elders. Includes design and demonstration of creative arts as a sustainable cognitive activity for elders. Explores why creative arts activities have a positive impact on an elder’s brain and how their design is supported by recent brain science findings. Prerequisite/concurrent: GRN 175 and GRN 176. Audit available.
GRN 181   Exploring the Field of Aging
Credits: 2.00
Description: Introduces the range of emerging professional opportunities in the field of aging, and guides students in exploring and prioritizing potential career pathways. Includes career and labor market research; assessment of passions, interests, experiences and transferable skills; informational interviews, site visits, and networking; career and educational/training goal setting and planning. No Pre-requisites. Audit available.
GRN 233   Supporting End of Life
Credits: 4.00
Description: Provides health care workers, caregivers, religious and spiritual counselors, social workers, fiduciaries, and family members the knowledge and skills to support the end of life process with dying persons and their families. Explores the physical, emotional, spiritual, legal, and financial aspects of dying, as well as grief and bereavement. Audit available.
GRN 235   Introduction to Dementia Care
Credits: 3.00
Description: Focuses on issues related to the care of older adults presenting behavioral and cognitive challenges, using a person-centered, person-directed approach. Introduces students to assessment, treatment and care of persons experiencing dementia, problematic mental health conditions, and the dying process. Recommend: WR 115 and RD 115. Audit available.
GRN 236   Dementia Care Practice
Credits: 1.00
Description: Uses a case study approach to advanced behavioral and cognitive care issues, based on realistic scenarios in a variety of settings. Includes assessing appropriate long term care options for memory care, problem solving, functional levels and other challenges, managing surveys, responding to deficiencies, problem solving repetitive incident reports, implementing fall prevention programs, and developing family education and support programs. Prerequisite: GRN 235. Audit available.
GRN 237   End of Life Therapies
Credits: 1.00
Description: Focuses on a specific therapeutic approach appropriate for end of life care and explores a variety of strategies and activities designed to augment end of life and palliative care goals and enhance the quality of life for the dying person and their caregivers. Audit available.
GRN 239   End of Life Practices
Credits: 1.00
Description: Focuses on specific approaches or practices appropriate for end of life care and explores a variety of strategies and activities designed to augment end of life and palliative care goals and to enhance the quality of life for the dying person and their caregivers. Audit available.
GRN 240   Care and Service Coordination
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides an overview of professional standards, responsibilities, and skills required for care managers, information and resource specialists, advocates, and service coordinators working with older adults, persons with disabilities, and their families. Includes the assessment process, care planning, resource management, service provider and financial coordination, documentation and accountability, ethics and confidentiality, advocacy, and evaluation. Introduces strength-based, person-centered, and empowerment models. Audit available.
GRN 245   Introduction to Guardianship in Oregon
Credits: 1.00
Description: Introduces guardianship in Oregon. Includes a review of the court process, who qualifies for guardianship, and responsibilities of individuals serving as guardians. Presents basic information about how to be a guardian for a family member, and an overview of resources for guardians. Audit available.
GRN 246   Guardian Conservator Training
Credits: 2.00
Description: Introduces professional guardianship and conservatorship in Oregon. Includes professional standards and practices, intake decision-making, working with attorneys, interactions between Oregon laws and professional standards, business and social service skills required, and legal/ethical responsibilities to the court and protected person throughout the process. Introduces national and state issues, and how to work with a care team in a professional social service, medical, and legal context. Focuses on how to coordinate services and finances, use available resources, and work with physicians, care providers, social service agencies, families and others in decision-making on life, property, and care for court-determined incapacitated adults. Prerequisite/concurrent: GRN 245. Audit available.
GRN 247   Applied Legal and Policy Issues in Aging
Credits: 2.00
Description: Introduces legal and policy issues affecting older adults and their families, as well as care providers. Introduces both national and state policies that impact the services and care available to older adults and access points for these services. Includes presentations from a variety of experts within the field of social services. Provides information on long-term care facility types and how they are licensed; Medicare and Medicaid services and coverage; mental health and veteran's services; abuse and protective services; legal planning for aging, including health care directives and powers of attorney; and advocacy and the legal process in Oregon. Focuses on how each program contributes to a web of services for older adults, as well as areas in which services may be lacking. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.
GRN 265   Activity Professional Training 1
Credits: 3.00
Description: Provides didactic and experiential learning to prepare for an activity professional career with older adults in long term care facilities, adult daycare and community settings. Includes overview of the activity profession, late-life human development and health, standards of practice, activity planning for quality of life in a person-centered care model, and methods of service delivery for diverse populations. Students must have completed GRN 165 or the 36 CEU state-certification Activity Director Training course. Audit available.
GRN 266   Activity Professional Training 2
Credits: 3.00
Description: Course provides didactic and experimental learning to prepare management level careers as an activity professional with older adults in long term care facilities, adult daycare and community settings. Includes professional responsibilities of the Activity Director, the system of activity program development in diverse settings, administrative practices in the Activity Profession, communications, leadership, and community relations. Prerequisite: GRN 265 Audit available.
GRN 267   Introduction to Professional Therapeutic Horticulture
Credits: 2.00
Description: Introductory course for students training for the horticultural therapy profession and for health and human service providers desiring to add therapeutic horticulture to the treatment milieu. Topics include: history and development of the profession; code of ethics; People- Plant Relationship research base; vocational, social wellness and therapeutic program models; overview of basic clinical skills; aspects of interdisciplinary collaboration/integration in healthcare delivery; medical terminology; volunteer program development; professional resources and horticulture skills development for therapy. Audit available.
GRN 268   Techniques & Adaptive Strategies in Therapeutic Horticulture
Credits: 2.00
Description: Prepares students to design, develop, and maintain wellness activities and therapeutic horticulture gardens and programs incorporating indoor, outdoor and seasonal adaptations, strategies, and techniques. Includes a focus on special needs populations in retirement and long term care communities, vocational and medical rehabilitation facilities, and developmental disabilities settings. Students must have completed GRN 267 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Prerequisite: GRN 267 Audit available.
GRN 269   Therapeutic Horticulture Skills I
Credits: 2.00
Description: Introduces therapeutic skills, including therapeutic models, medical terminology, assessment, goal setting, task analysis treatment issues, activity planning, documentation and evaluation, safety and precautions as applied in a therapeutic horticulture milieu. Professional and therapeutic skill topics include learning styles, motivational management, group dynamics, therapeutic use of self, listening skills, public speaking, counseling basics, roles in interdisciplinary team, leadership role of the therapist, writing and communication skills, and ethics. Students must have completed GRN 268 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Prerequisite: GRN 268 Audit available.
GRN 270   Therapeutic Horticulture Programming for Adults & Children
Credits: 2.00
Description: Introduces therapeutic horticulture program models; human development models; issues in aging, frailty, dementia, and the continuum of care; intergenerational program models; assessment, documentation, and treatment planning; activity, thematic and seasonal planning; case study writing; marketing and public relations; program evaluation; and general issues in therapeutic garden design, maintenance and programming for children and frail elders. Students must have completed GRN 269 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Prerequisite: GRN 269. Audit available.
GRN 271   Therapeutic Horticulture Skills II
Credits: 2.00
Description: Builds therapeutic and professional skills to work in pediatric, geriatric, developmental disabilities, psychiatric and offender programs. Includes advanced skills in designing and evaluating 12 month therapeutic activities and programming for frail elderly, pediatric, developmentally disabled, neurologically impaired and other special needs populations. Focuses on professional skill mastery and continuing education planning. Students must have completed GRN 270 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Prerequisite: GRN 270. Audit available.
GRN 272   Therapeutic Garden Design, Maintenance & Programming
Credits: 3.00
Description: Focuses on the design, maintenance and programming of natural and horticultural therapeutic gardens. Includes working with an interdisciplinary team, garden assessment using therapeutic gardening standards, designing restorative settings, planning and conducting group and seasonal sessions, sensory goals programming for dementia clients patio and strolling gardens for assisted living facility programs, and special needs gardens. Students must have completed GRN 271 or the equivalent course offered through the Legacy Therapeutic Horticulture Program. Prerequisite: GRN 271. Audit available.
GRN 273   Interior Plants
Credits: 3.00
Description: Focuses on identification of interior plants commonly used in therapeutic horticulture programming, houseplants as leisure/hobby, and interior plantscaping. Covers cultural requirements, pests, diseases, propagation and interior use. Audit available.
GRN 280A   CE: Gerontology Internship
Credits:
Description: Develops practical experience, skill development and professional direction in achieving their career goals, working under supervision in an approved worksite through an intentional internship. Prerequisite: Submission of Training Agreement and Learning Objectives Forms, signed by the student and worksite supervisor to Gerontology office. Cooperative Education office requests registration. Audit available.
GRN 280B   Gerontology Internship Seminar
Credits: 1.00
Description: Develops the essential skills for successful internship. Focuses on work-based learning outcomes, working under supervision, effective communication and teamwork in organizations, professional networking, stress and conflict management, professional ethics, boundary setting, and burnout prevention. Prerequisite: GRN 181. Audit available.
GRN 282   Gerontology Professional Seminar
Credits: 2.00
Description: Provides job tools and learning outcomes assessment opportunities for students completing the Gerontology Degree and any Certificates. Focuses on reviewing and modifying career and educational/training goals; reassessing the occupational outlook and labor market; building a professional network; formulating mission and vision statements and other branding tools; developing master portfolios and resumes, job specific resumes, websites, brochures, cards, and other job tools; preparing for behavioral job interviews; and creating Degree and Certificate presentations in ePortfolios that assess learning outcomes and position students for employment and continued education. Prerequisite: GRN280B. Audit available.