Students in the Childhood and Adolescent certificate program learn approaches to helping young people who are struggling with mental health issues and other challenges, such as peer pressure, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, sexuality, or difficult life changes like parental divorce or death. They learn to help children, adolescents, and their families resolve conflict, and deal with a wide-range of issues.
The certificate program is geared toward professionals in a variety of roles in youth and family service settings who want to enhance their skills and gain the practical experience necessary to work with children and adolescents. Coursework addresses such topics as psychopathology and behavior disorders, trauma and crisis intervention, and evidence-based programs for children and adolescents. Graduates are equipped with knowledge of the biological, psychological, and social factors that impact children and adolescents’ mental health while learning to develop a comprehensive approach to mental health care for this young population.
Psychopathology and Behavior Disorders
Addresses the major definitions of mental and behavioral disorders, the theories of etiology, treatment, and prevention within the context of recent developments in the categorization, and classification of psychological phenomena (DSM). This course includes models of mental and behavioral assessment and emphasizes cultural factors related to mental illness and behavioral disorders. Curriculum surveys the evidence-based practices and psychopharmacological gents used in the treatment of the major disorders. Specific scenarios will be utilized that directly relate to child and adolescent psychology.
Trauma and Crisis Intervention
Examines the comprehensive impact of trauma on individuals, support networks, and communities. Particular consideration is paid to the multiple forms of trauma and crisis commonly presented for the child and adolescent population, and a survey of the most current research, evidence-based practices, and national organizations expands students' understanding of this field.
Evidence-Based Programs for Children and Adolescents
Explores the most current evidenced-based programs available for the effective intervention with children and adolescents. The most common developmental, emotional, and behavioral issues presented by this population are examined for their impact on family, educational, and treatment systems. How the latest evidence-based programs can be utilized to effectively provide intervention and supportive services is also major focus of this course.
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