This course will review the different theories of development as they relate to counseling and clinical work with children and adolescents. In the process, the interplay of the biological, social, cognitive, and environmental factors that may cause or influence the severity of the emotional, behavioral, and adjustment problems of children will be explored. Counseling and clinical procedures, treatment methods and counseling approaches and techniques for specific cases such as children of separated parents, adopted children, sibling rivalry, abused and traumatized children, etc. will be the main topics of the course.
Structured experiential activities, small group sharing, role playing, reflections on ones own childhood and adolescent experiences, and lecturettes are some of the learning approaches that will be used in teaching the course. Pre-requisite: Theo 289/Sp89 Pastoral Psychology and Counseling.