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With this certificate you’ll learn how to promote improved mental health as you develop expertise in several techniques that will enable you to address the unique needs of children and adolescents.

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Total Credits


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30 weeks


  • Individual and Group Microskills with Children and Adolescents (PSYC623)

    Issues (abuse, divorce, domestic violence, chemical abuse, etc.) from the child/adolescent point of view, impact of these issues on their functioning. Core helping skills for this population, including facilitating support groups, individual counseling skills, and applications of cognitive behavioral therapy. Ethical issues regarding working with children/adolescents and influence of gender, class, and cultural diversity factors on counseling processes.

    3 credits

  • Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Assessment (PSYC625)

    Students are equipped to be informed communicators with mental health professionals with whom they collaborate. Emphasis on distinguishing among common psychological disorders falling in normal and clinical significant ranges, as well as on beginning experience in administering and interpreting behavioral, cognitive, and personality assessment instruments.

    3 credits

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    • Intro to Family Systems (PSYC645)

      Exploration of basic family dynamics (such as intimacy, communication, power, shame), with special emphasis given to examining those dynamics from the family systems and family development theoretical perspectives. Differences in family structures and patterns with opportunities for learners to apply theoretical principles to real-life family situations.

      3 credits

    • Individuals and Families in Cultural Context (PSYC648)

      Study of cultural variations in individual and family identity development and functioning. Exploration of how underlying culture-specific values and assumptions may impact gender roles, marital and parental adjustment, and interaction patterns. Emphasis is on societal changes, critical issues, and stressors in family adaptation related to diverse worldviews, immigration, and acculturation challenges.

      3 credits

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    • Therapeutic Play (PSYC609)

      Techniques in expressive therapies, emphasis on play therapy. The continuum from client-centered to directive therapy and application possibilities based on client needs and setting. Common themes in childrens play, and dynamics of interpretation are considered and applied. Applying skills and techniques in working with children.

      3 credits

    • Expressive Therapies with Children and Adolescents: Art, Play, Drama, Music (PSYC613)

      In-depth description of expressive therapy theories, research, and practice. Learners will gain an understanding of the neurobiological basis of art therapy and other expressive therapies. Exploration of the benefits of using drawings and other art forms with children and adolescents. Focus is on various interactive learning experiences and art techniques with discussion of applications to various settings and populations.

      3 credits

    • Therapeutic Art and Play (PSYC621)

      A focus on techniques in expressive therapies, with an emphasis on art therapy and play therapy. The continuum from client-centered to directive therapy is examined, and the application possibilities based on client needs and the setting are explored. Common themes in children's art and play are identified, and the dynamics of interpretation are considered and applied in light of current outcome research.

      3 credits

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