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COMG 490

Effective communication skills for working with people…

COMG 490/PSY 477: Communication in Helping Relationships

Summer 2

Communicology 490 focuses on the interpersonal processes and communication skills training appropriate to supporting and guiding individuals who are experiencing personal problem situations. The concepts, theories, and skills are at the core of effective performance in the human service professions such as counseling, medical care, teaching, nursing, social work, academic advising, law enforcement, and the ministry, plus various other careers in which working with people is central, such as management, public relations, human resources, law, and personnel work.

The course culminates into an in class practicum in which students pair with one of the other students and take on the roles of helper and the person with a problem situation. Additionally, students will turn in a number of short written exercises that prepare them for the practicum.

COMG upper division Elective; PSY upper division Elective; DS social science diversification.

About the Instructor
Dr. William Sharkey has been teaching since 1982 and at UH Mānoa since 1990, where he has been an academic adviser since 1990 and Director of Undergraduate Studies for the past 14 years. Courses that he teaches include: communication in helping relationships, interviewing, interrogation, conflict management, and family communication. He publishes articles related to the use of intentional embarrassment, questioning techniques by law enforcement investigators, blind and sighted individuals╩╗ interaction patterns, and embarrassability.

For inquiries about the course: 956-8407;

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Term Dates

  • Summer 1
    May 22 – June 30, 2017
  • Summer 2
    July 3 – August 11, 2017
  • Varied Date Courses
    Class schedules vary between May 22 – August 11, 2017

  • Registration Dates
    UHM Seniors
    March 7
    UHM Continuing
    March 8
    New or Visiting
    March 14

Questions? Contact Us

UHM Outreach College

Sinclair Library 310

2425 Campus Road

Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-7221