National University




PSY636 Child and Adolescent Therapy

Lead Faculty: Dr. Valerie L. Alexander

Course Description

This 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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.