PSY636 Child and Adolescent Therapy
Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander
Course DescriptionThis course examines assessment techniques, perspectives, and strategies essential to the treatment of children and adolescents. It also includes the therapeutic relationship, assessment and diagnosis, evidence-based treatment, family systems perspective, and legal/ethical concerns related to working with children and adolescents. Public settings and treatment based on cultural awareness as well as the recovery/resiliency model are covered.
- Assess and diagnose child and adolescent disorders.
- Formulate an age-appropriate treatment plan incorporating resilience and recovery model priniciples.
- Generate a family picture by gathering information for a family history and assessing the impact of family dynamics on the presenting problems.
- Assess children and adolescents at risk for abuse.
- Demonstrate skills for developing rapport with children and adolescents, considering the impact of socio-economic status, cultural and other environmental factors.
- Explain various theoretical perspectives and treatment interventions used in the treatment of children, adolescents, and their families.
- Demonstrate specific skills necessary for working with children, adolescents and their families in both private practice and public mental health settings, utlilizing a multi-disciplinary team approach to treatment.
- Analyze the clinical management of the legal and ethical issues that could arise when working with children, adolescents, and their families.