Interpersonal Studies
Scope and Sequences
Cluster: Human Services
Course Name: §130.244 Interpersonal Studies (One-Half to One Credit)
Course Description: (1) This course examines how the relationships between individuals and among family members significantly affect the quality of life. Students use knowledge and skills in family studies and human development to enhance personal development, foster quality relationships, promote wellness of family members, manage multiple adult roles, and pursue careers related to counseling and mental health services.
(2) Students are encouraged to participate in extended learning experiences such as career and technical student organizations and other leadership or extracurricular organizations.
Course Requirements: This course is recommended for students in Grades 10-12. Recommended prerequisite: Principles of Human Services. It is recommended that students have access to computers and the Internet for extended learning opportunities.
Equipment: None
Units of Study Knowledge and Skills Student Expectations Resources
I. Personal Development
A. Personal growth
B. Self concept
C. Character traits
(1) The student evaluates factors related to personal development. (A) investigate factors that affect personal identity, personality, and self-esteem • CL – Chapter 1
• FT – Chapter 2
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapter 2
• FCCLA
http://www.fcclainc.org
• Goodcharacter.com http://www.goodcharacter.com/BCBC/SelfEsteem.html
(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 • KidsHealth - Self-Esteem
http://www.kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/self_esteem.html
• National Association for Self Esteem
http://www.self-esteem-nase.org
• National Mental Health Information Center http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/SMA-3715/introduction.asp
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. (A) summarize the decision-making process • CL – Chapters 5, 7
• FT – Chapter 9
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapter 4
• FCCLA
http://www.fcclainc.org
• Mind Tools
http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_TED.htm
(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. (A) analyze adjustments related to
achieving independence
• CL – Chapter 9
• FT – Chapter 21
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapters 5, 6, 7
• Consumer Jungle http://www.consumerjungle.org
(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. (A) examine the development of
relationships
• CL – Chapter 11
• FT – Chapter 8
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapter 7
• ABC's of a Healthy Relationship http://www.pamf.org/teen/abc
(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
• Break the Cycle http://www.breakthecycle.org
• Choose Respect http://www.chooserespect.org
• Dating Violence 
http://www.acadv.org
• Love is Not Abuse http://www.loveisnotabuse.com
• Love is Respect http://www.loveisrespect.org
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. (A) explore ways to promote
positive friendships
• CL – Chapters 3, 4
• FT – Unit 5
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapter 1
• ABC's of a Healthy Relationship http://www.pamf.org/teen/abc/
• Center for Young Women's Health http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/healthy_relat.html
• National Mental Health Information Center http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/sma-3716/making.asp
• Helpguide 
http://www.helpguide.org
(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
(6) The student determines factors related to marital success. (A) discuss functions and roles of
dating
• CL – Chapters 12, 13, 14
• FT – Unit 8
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Unit 3
(B) analyze components of a
successful marriage
C. Problem solving and communication (C) examine communication skills and behaviors that strengthen marriage
• Administration for Children and Families http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/index.html
• FCCLA - Interpersonal Communications
http://www.texasfccla.org
• Helpguide 
http://www.helpguide.org
• National Healthy Marriage Resource Center
http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/
• Texas Healthy Marriage and Relationship Initiative
http://www.texashmri.org/index.html
• Twogether in Texas http://www.twogetherintexas.com/UI/HomePage
VII. Dynamic Family Life Cycle
A. Family life today
B. Changing family dynamic
C. Family functions in varying cultures
D. Characteristics of strong families
(7) The student determines methods that promote an effective family unit. (A) describe diverse family
structures
• CL – Chapter 15
• FT – Unit 5
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapters 16, 18
• Administration for Children and Families 
http://www.acf.hhs.gov
• All Family Resources
http://www.familymanagement.com/
• Families and Work Institute
http://www.familiesandwork.org
• Helpguide 
http://www.helpguide.org
(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
E. The family life cycle
F. Family structures
(8) The student determines how changes occurring throughout the family life cycle impact individuals and families. (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 through the family life cycle
XIII. Analyzing Family Crises
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. (A) categorize types of crises and
their effect on individuals and families
• CL – Chapter 21
• FT – Chapters 14, 15
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapter 17
• Administration for Children and Families 
http://www.acf.hhs.gov
• All Family Resources http://www.familymanagement.com
• FCCLA 
http://www.texasfccla.org
• Families and Work Institute http://www.familiesandwork.org/
• Helpguide 
http://www.helpguide.org/
• Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
http://www.dfps.state.tx.us
(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
(10) The student determines stress-management techniques effective for individuals and families. (A) describe the impact of stress on
individuals and relationships
• CL – Chapter 7
• FT – Chapter 12
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapters 3, 17
(B) identify factors contributing to
stress
D. Other aspects of health (C) practice creative techniques for managing stress
• Mayo Clinic - Stress Management http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY00435
• Stress Management http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
• Stress Management Health Center
http:// www.webmd.com/balance/stress- management/stress-management- topic-overview
(D) implement positive strategies
for dealing with change
X. Careers in Counseling and Mental Health Services
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. (A) determine employment and
entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements for careers in the field of counseling and mental health services

• CL – Chapter 10
• FT – Chapters 6, 16
• SFS – Chapter 5
• Achieve Texas
http://www.achievetexas.org
• American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy http://www.aamft.org/faqs/index_nm.asp
• American Counseling Association http://www.counseling.org/CareerCenter/
• American Music Therapy Association
http://www.musictherapy.org/career_ind.html
• America’s Career Infonet http://www.acinet.org/acinet
• The Career Key
htp://www.careerkey.org
• CareerPath.com http://www.careerpath.com
• CareerCruising.com http://www.careercruising.com
• Career Zone
http://www.nycareerzone.org
• Collegegrad.com http://www.collegegrad.com
• Education Portal 
http://www.education-portal.com/psychiatrist.html
• Ethics Resource Center
http://www.ethics.org
• Explore Health Careers
http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career.122.aspx
• Good Character.com
http://www.goodcharacter.com/NFS/SchoolToWork.html
• Job Star 
http://www.jobstar.org
• Kuder 
http://www.kuder.com
• Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI)
http://www.lmci.state.tx.us
• Monster 
http://www.monster.com
• National Research Center for Career and Technical Education
http://www.nccte.org

(B) determine how interests,
abilities, and personal priorities affect career choice
(C) propose short-term and long- term career goals
(12) The student exhibits employability skills.
(D) determine ethical practices in the workplace
• Nurses 
http://www.nursesource.org/psychiatric.html
• PsycCareers
http://psyccareers.apa.org
• Psychologist-Career Planning
http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/psychologist.htm
• Psychology Career Page
http://www.uni.edu/walsh/linda1.html
• Occupational Outlook Handbook
http://www.bls.gov/oco
• O*Net Online
http://online.onetcenter.org/
• Texas FCCLA
http://www.texasfccla.org
• Texas OSCAR - Occupation and Skill Computer Assisted Researcher
XI. Employability Skills
A. Developing workplace skills
B. Strategies for job success
(12) The student exhibits employability skills. (A) practice effective verbal,
nonverbal, written, and electronic communication skills
• CL – Chapter 10
• FT – Chapters 6, 16
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Chapter 5
• FCCLA
http://www.texasfccla.org
(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
XII. Management Practices of Individuals
A. Types of family and work relationships
B. Employment trends
C. Realities of the workplace
(13) The student analyzes management practices facilitating individuals assuming multiple family, community, and wage- earner roles. (A) determine the impact of career
choice on family life
• CL – Chapter 20
• FT – Chapters 10, 11, 29
• IFLCC
• IFLTIG
• SFS – Unit 7
(B) describe the effect of family life
on workplace productivity
(C) determine employment
practices and trends that support
D. Techniques for managing family and work (D) explain how technology impacts career options and family roles
Resources:Books
     
CL Contemporary Living, Goodheart-Willcox, 2004 1566379512
FT Families Today, Glencoe/McGraw-Hill Division, 2004 78298407
IFLCC Individual and Family Life Curriculum Caddy, CEV Multimedia, Ltd. 2004 1569186693
IFLTIG Individual and Family Life Teacher’s Instructional Guide, Curriculum Center for FCS, 1999  
SFS Strengthening Family and Self, Goodheart-Willcox, 2004 1590701224
Resources: Web sites
ABC's of a Healthy Relationship http://www.pamf.org/teen/abc
About.com: Career Planning http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/psychologist.htm
Achieve Texas http://www.achievetexas.org
Administration for Children and Families http://www.acf.hhs.gov/healthymarriage/index.html
Administration for Children and Families http://www.acf.hhs.gov/
All Family Resources http://www.familymanagement.com
America’s Career Infonet http://www.acinet.org/acinet/
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy http://www.aamft.org/faqs/index_nm.asp
American Counseling Association http://www.counseling.org/CareerCenter
American Music Therapy Association http://www.musictherapy.org/career_ind.html
Break the Cycle http://www.breakthecycle.org
Career Cruising http://www.careercruising.com
Career Zone http://www.nycareerzone.org
CareerPath.com http://www.careerpath.com/
Center for Young Women's Health http://www.youngwomenshealth.org/healthy_relat.html
Choose Respect  http://www.chooserespect.org
Collegegrad.com http://www.collegegrad.com
Consumer Jungle  http://www.consumerjungle.org
Dating Violence http://www.acadv.org
Education-Portal.com http://www.education-portal.com/psychiatrist.html
Ethics Resource Center  http://www.ethics.org
Explore Health Careers.org  http://www.explorehealthcareers.org/en/Career.122.aspx
Families and Work Institute  http://www.familiesandwork.org
FCCLA http://www.fcclainc.org
FCCLA, Texas http://www.texasfccla.org
Good Character.com  http://www.goodcharacter.com/NFS/SchoolToWork.html
Goodcharacter.com  http://www.goodcharacter.com/BCBC/SelfEsteem.html
Helpguide http://www.helpguide.org/
Job Star http://www.jobstar.org
KidsHealth - Self-Esteem http://kidshealth.org/kid/feeling/emotion/self_esteem.html
Kuder http://www.kuder.com
Labor Market and Career Information (LMCI) http://www.lmci.state.tx.us
Love is Not Abuse http://www.loveisnotabuse.com
Love is Respect http://www.loveisrespect.org
Mayo Clinic - Stress Management http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress-management/MY00435
Mind Tools http://www.mindtools.com/pages/main/newMN_TED.htm
Monster http://www.monster.com
National Association for Self Esteem http://www.self-esteem-nase.org/ 
National Healthy Marriage Resource Center http://www.healthymarriageinfo.org/
National Mental Health Information Center http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/SMA-3715/introduction.asp
National Mental Health Information Center http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/sma-3716/making.asp
National Research Center for Career & Technical Education http://www.nccte.org
Nurses http://www.nursesource.org/psychiatric.html
O*Net Online http://online.onetcenter.org
Occupational Outlook Handbook http://www.bls.gov/oco
PsycCareers http://psyccareers.apa.org
Psychologist-Career Planning http://careerplanning.about.com/od/occupations/p/psychologist.htm
Psychology Career Page http://www.uni.edu/walsh/linda1.html
Stress Management http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_management_relief_coping.htm
Stress Management Health Center http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/stress-management-topic-overview
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/
Texas Healthy Marriage and Relationship Initiative http://www.texashmri.org/index.html
Texas Occupation & Skill Computer Assisted Researcher http://www.ioscar.org/tx
The Career Key http://www.careerkey.org/
Twogether in Texas http://twogetherintexas.com/UI/HomePage.aspx