mfcc537 | Graduate

Child And Adolescent Counseling

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This course exposes students to a variety of models in the treatment of children and adolescents, including the developmental variables that may have an effect on behavior and family intervention. Systemic approaches to treatment of chronic illness, incest, delinquent behavior, adolescent chemical dependency, child suicide, psychosomatic disorders, families in crisis, fire setting, school phobia, and other behaviors and learning problems are explored.



This graduate-level course is 6 weeks This course is available as part of a degree or certificate program. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 6 weeks

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    Family Systems and Other Interventions

    • Analyze family system approaches to behavior and learning disabilities.

    • Explain the use of behavioral and other non-systemic individual interventions in treating behavioral issues in children and adolescents.
    • Demonstrate basic counseling and micro-counseling skills used with children and adolescents.

    • Describe effective parental and family system involvement when treating children and adolescents.

    Therapeutic Considerations for Engaging Diverse Families in Treatment

    • Describe Interventions to improve family functioning in families of divorce.

    • Describe implications for family therapy related to childbirth, parenting, step-parenting, and child-rearing practices.

    Counseling Children and Adolescents with Special Concerns

    • Describe evidence-based general counseling and intervention strategies for working with individuals with special concerns.

    • Explain the biological, psychological, cognitive, and social effects of trauma in children and adolescents.

    • Describe the special considerations for counseling individuals with disabilities and special needs.

    • Describe mandated reporting concerns related to child abuse.

    Development and Assessment of Children

    • Describe the elements of infant and child mental health and well-being.

    • Determine the effect of culture and environmental stressors, including poverty, and deprivation, on the mental health of children.

    • Assess the effectiveness of attachment theory on securely attached and problematic family relationships.

    Play Therapy and Creative Interventions for Children and Adolescents

    • Differentiate between play therapy, sand play, and expressive arts in counseling.

    • Demonstrate the use of play therapy interventions with children and adolescents.

    • Describe the benefits and complexities of play therapy.

    Development and Assessment of Adolescents

    • Differentiate counseling with children from counseling with adolescents.

    • Explain how to maintain a collaborative therapeutic alliance with the adolescent.

    • Describe the elements of adolescent psychosocial, cognitive, and moral development.

    • Describe diagnostic and assessment techniques for children and adolescents.
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