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
- 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 & 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.
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