PSY 455 Child Interventions, 3 credits
The child interventions course focuses on assessment methods and interventions to treat child and adolescent disorders. Students will learn and practice how to conduct a comprehensive clinical interview to diagnose child and adolescent disorders and to become familiar with therapeutic issues such as ethnical and legal responsibilities and how to build a therapeutic relationship. Several models of child therapy will be discussed including family therapy and parent training, dialectical behavior therapy, group and psychopharmacological approaches. The course emphasizes the application of research in clinical practice and places assessment and treatment in a multicultural context. Assignments focus on critical thinking about childhood problems and their treatments and the practical application of assessment and treatment techniques through role-plays, practice sessions, and experiential assignments.