schc505c | Graduate

Human Development And Family Change Across The Lifespan

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This course presents students with theoretical frameworks to foster an understanding of the various dimensions of human development. Emphasis is placed on biological, cognitive, and psychosocial development within the context of gender, family systems, social roles, and culture. Students evaluate clinical situations and assess potential therapeutic interventions in context.



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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    Conception & Prenatal and Infant Development

    • Identify the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social competencies of infants and design activities to encourage healthy development.
    • Assess the influence of culture and gender on infant development.
    • Identify the stages of prenatal development.
    • Evaluate the impact of genetics, nutrition, and environment on prenatal development.

    Learning Theory

    • Identify Piaget's stages of learning.
    • Discuss theories of classical and operant conditioning.
    • Explore contemporary theories of cognitive development and learning.

    Developmental Competencies, Challenges, and Developmentally Appropriate Interventions for Adolescence

    • Identify the developmental tasks of adolescents.
    • Describe the social, emotional, and physical development issues of adolescents.
    • Identify the stressors that challenge adolescents.
    • Design developmentally appropriate prevention lessons for adolescents.

    Developmental Competencies, Challenges, and Developmentally Appropriate Interventions for Early to Late Childhood

    • Examine the developmental competencies of children during early, middle, and late childhood.
    • Design developmentally appropriate interventions to assist children and their parents.
    • Examine the components of self-esteem and design activities to enhance a child's sense of self.

    Developmental Competencies, Challenges, and Developmentally Appropriate Interventions for Adulthood

    • Identify the cognitive, physical, and socioemotional changes that occur in adulthood.

    • Evaluate the impact of culture, gender, and social status on career choices.

    Developmental Competencies, Challenges, and Developmentally Appropriate Interventions for Late Adulthood

    • Identify the cognitive, physical, and socioemotional changes that occur in late adulthood.

    • Evaluate intergenerational relations between children, adolescents, students, parents, and older adults.

    • Demonstrate and assess appropriate therapeutic strategies related to loss, death, and dying.

    Theories of Human Development

    • Analyze the impact of environmental versus genetic factors on human development.
    • Compare and assess the usefulness of the different theories of development in relation to explaining human behavior.

    Theories of Family Development

    • Articulate stages of the family life cycle and discuss in relation to individuals’ lifespan stages.

    • Identify interrelations among work, family, and other life roles and factors.
    • Describe general systems theory as it relates to family development.
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