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PSY629 Lifespan Development

Lead Faculty: Dr. Brenda Lee Shook

Course Description

An examination of developmental theories from childhood through old age as they relate to the practice of psychotherapy. Areas considered will include diversity, gender, and multi-cultural issues as well as identifying normative developmental transitions and their differentiation from deviant developmental pattern

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theories of development throughout the lifespan, including processes of growth and change in children and adolescents and main life transitions which adults may be expected to experience.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the significant factors which affect individuals throughout the lifespan: socioeconomic, ethnic, cultural, family, gender, marital status, and sexual orientation.
  • Assess early developmental history to determine impact on child and adolescent functioning.
  • Correlate the special kinds of problems which confront parents in different paradigms: married, single, divorced.
  • Articulate the problems which confront caregivers of the elderly, and for those in the process of dying.
  • Articulate how intelligence andamp; perception change with aging, as well as the effects of diseases which increasingly occur with aging.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how to incorporate knowledge of child, adolescent, and adult development into decisions about treatment including theoretical orientation and choice or design of treatment options.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and prioritize clinical issues in the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults.
  • Articulate theoretical perspectives on child, adolescent, and adult development and apply them to the understanding of the problems throughout the lifespan.
  • Distinguish behaviors that are a part of normal development from those that deviate from normal development.