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Graduate Certificate in Child & Adolescent Counseling

The Certificate in Child and Adolescent Counseling requires 12 credits, and can be completed within the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program, or by those not currently accepted into the program, but who hold a Bachelor or Master’s degree in either Psychology and/or Counseling (an official transcript will be required).

The Child and Adolescent Counseling Certificate offers practical information and practice in skill sets used in working with children and adolescents.  Classes meet either one evening a week for a traditional semester or in a weekend intensive format. 

Course Requirements - 12 credit hours

COURSES 


PY 620 Family Systems: Theory & Treatment (3)
This course surveys the fundamental processes of systems functioning and application of general theory to formulations of family development.  Therapeutic interventions with disordered families also will be explored.  A systematic investigation of particular approaches to family function/dysfunction utilizing multigenerational viewpoints, structural, and solution-focused models will be explored.



PY 621 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
This course focuses on the study of the physical, cognitive, social, brain and emotional development across the life span.  The role of the environment and special issues also will be included.



PY 641 Abnormal Child & Adolescent Psychology (1-3)
This course explores the major behavior disorders of children and adolescents.  The etiology and characteristics of these disorders will be studied as well as treatment options.  Developmental and systemic issues will also be considered.  Prerequisite: PY 621 or advisor approval.

This course is offered in a weekend intensive format.  Course topics rotate by semester.  A total of three separate PY 641 courses must be taken to fulfill the 3 credit-hour requirement.



PY 661 Counseling Children and Adolescents (3)
This course explores theories, methods, and techniques of counseling with children and adolescents.  Developmental, social, and contextual issues also will be discussed.  Prerequisite: PY 621 or advisor approval.

This course is offered in a weekend intensive format.
  Course topics rotate by semester.  A total of three separate PY 661 courses must be taken to fulfill the 3 credit-hour requirement.