This course provides the basic principles of counseling children and adolescents within the context of family, school, and socio-cultural and religious systems, and is based on the case conceptualization and treatment planning developed in CNS 6431. The emphasis is on helping students develop their own individual style in forming therapeutic relationships with children or adolescents, and in using effective therapeutic skills and techniques, including therapeutic mediums such as toys, audio/visual aids, games, cognitive treatment, and behavioral programs. A special focus is given to parent training and parents as co-therapists, which are empirically sound, highly efficacious, and cost-effective intervention strategies for treating behavior disorders in children. Legal and ethical issues specific to workinig with children are addressed. Prerequisite: CNS 6431.
Counseling Children & Adolescent