The Chicago School’s Major Area of Study in Clinical Child Psychology, within the Chicago Campus' Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program, equips students with essential diagnostic, assessment, therapeutic, and consultative skills needed to treat children, adolescents, and their families. Students receive training in child development; child and adolescent psychopathology; physical and neurological health; and child, adolescent, and family interventions.
The Chicago School’s Child & Adolescent psychology graduate program is taught by faculty recognized as leaders in child and adolescent psychology, and students are strongly encouraged to pursue practicum and internship experiences working with child and adolescent populations. As a result, students become informed, critical consumers of research and scholarship.
As graduates, they contribute to the field of child and adolescent psychology in a scholarly manner as clinicians, researchers, and advocates for the mental health and well-being of children and families.
Clinical/Diagnostic Interviewing and Observation
Techniques of clinical and diagnostic interviewing and observation will be presented. Students will learn several techniques for interviewing, including listening skills, aids for giving and receiving feedback and establishing a relationship with a client. Students also will learn ways of incorporating theses techniques into models of diagnostic interviewing. Students will be exposed to non-verbal tools methods of interviewing and observation, such as play based interviewing techniques. Techniques for interviewing family members and other collateral sources will be taught. Consideration of cultural differences in establishing a relationship and conducting an interview is integral to this course. (2 credits)
Expressive Therapies with Children
Orients students to the use of Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy and Music therapy as therapeutic approach and for children. An essential aspect of this approach is the integration of creative processes to meet client needs. The basic theories and research supporting the creative arts therapies are introduced as well as practical applications. The use of creative art therapies and creative processes are examined in the following areas: as an intervention in therapeutic and educational settings, as an intervention in healthcare and medical settings, as a form of psycho-education and as an approach for group process. The course includes both didactic and experiential components to help students make use of the expressive modalities in their clinical and educational practices.
Examines the psychological and physiological impact of trauma on children, adolescents, and their families. Particular consideration is paid to issues of acute reaction, adaptations to trauma, memory mechanisms and processes, and practical applications in therapy. Developmental, social, cultural, and multicultural issues in assessment and treatment of trauma and traumatic stress will be considered. Multiple types of trauma and a variety of treatment models are explored.