Students in the Child and Adolescent Treatment concentration within the Counseling Psychology master’s program at our Washington, D.C. campus learn about therapeutic approaches to provide this population emotional support, help them resolve conflicts with family members, and teach them skills to more effectively deal with issues they face. The Master's program is designed to provide students with a specialized education in the area of the assessment and treatment of youth. The goal is to prepare students to work as entry-level practitioners capable of effectively working with children representing the full age spectrum, from early childhood through adolescence. The emphasis of this concentration is to develop a conceptual and experiential background in working with the mental health needs of these young populations within a wide range of familial and cultural lifestyles. In addition to acquiring expert psychotherapy skills with children, at our Washington, D.C. campus, additional focus is provided on related topics such as working with parents and schools; cognitive, personality, and educational tests; and the relationship between the child’s developmental stage and therapeutic activities and goals.
Washington, D.C., program is designed in accordance with licensure requirements in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware and can be adjusted to conform with the requirements for licensure in other nearby states in the region
• Year 2: 700-hour (minimum) placement experience
Psychotherapy with Adolescents
Examines the relevant therapeutic and developmental considerations encountered in psychotherapy with adolescents. In addition to a survey of the major theoretical approaches and the basic techniques of psychotherapy with adolescents, topics considered include working with parents and schools, the importance of the context of referral, and treatment and the relationship between the adolescent's developmental stage and therapeutic activities and goals.
Advanced Family and Couples Therapy
Provides an overview of advanced theory and technique, as well as skills training in family and couples therapy with an emphasis on the development of a personal model of counseling. Diagnostic skills, case analysis, and relationship strategies are emphasized. Particular attention is paid to engaging children and adolescents in the family therapy setting. The course also explores the impact of macro systems issues such as gender, power, and economics on contemporary relationships.
Psychotherapy of Children
Examines the relevant therapeutic and developmental considerations encountered in psychotherapy with children. In addition to a survey of the major theoretical approaches and the basic techniques of psychotherapy with children, topics considered include working with parents and schools, the importance of the context of referral, and treatment and the relationship between the child's developmental stage and therapeutic activities and goals.
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