mfcc536 | Graduate

Child Therapy

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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 behavior and learning problems are explored.

This graduate-level course is 6 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

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    Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Disorders and Problematic Behaviors Associated with Adolescence

    • Examine family therapy techniques used to treat school behavior problems and learning problems, and the role of the IEP
    • Describe a systemic approach to treatment of delinquent behavior, including collaboration with the criminal justice system
    • Describe causal models of delinquent behavior
    • Describe diagnostic criteria and treatment strategies for depression, conduct disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, separation anxiety, ADHD, somatic disorders of childhood, selective mutism, and childhood fears and phobias
    • Discuss parental conflict and its influence on children

    Difficulties in Peer Relationships

    • Describe normative age-related changes in children's peer relationships
    • Examine strategies to assess peer relationships

    Issues and Interventions with Non-Nuclear Families

    • Compare and contrast the issues experienced by children in nontraditional families, including blended/step families and single-parent families, and describe appropriate counseling strategies
    • Discuss PAS (Parental Alienation Syndrome) and its impact on the divorce outcome/process
    • Examine the social, emotional, psychological, and legal effects on the lives and relationships of children in a divorcing family

    Issues in Child Therapy

    • Identify criteria for sexual assault, various kinds of neglect, and cruelty, including Internet victimization and predator profiles
    • Articulate rights and responsibilities of reporting, and consequences of failure to report
    • Identify criteria for unjustifiable punishment, corporal punishment or injury, and abuse in out-of-home care
    • Differentiate the impact of verbal/physical domestic violence in children

    Legal/Ethical Considerations

    • Discuss the related legal and ethical considerations of the therapeutic relationships with children, adolescents, parents, school systems and community agencies, including confidentiality with minors, emancipation, reporting, the writing of reports, scope of practice, and who hold the privilege

    Introduction to Multi-Systemic Approaches

    • Explain the multi-systemic model and systems theory

    Developmental Competencies and Interventions Related to Infants and Toddlers

    • Describe the major theories of development and their relationship to development of personality
    • Examine the influence of culture and gender on infant development
    • Identify the physical, cognitive, emotional and social competencies of infants and design activities to encourage healthy development

    Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Disorders and Problematic Behaviors

    • Synthesize knowledge and skills in the application of assessment and treatment techniques within the context of child therapy

    Developmental Competencies and Interventions in Relation to Childhood

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

    Developmental Competencies and Interventions in Relation to Adolescents

    • Examine the social, emotional, and physical developmental issues of adolescents
    • Differentiate among the developmental and environmental stressors that challenge adolescents
    • Design and field test developmentally appropriate interview questions for adolescents
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