Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) Concentration

The CFAR concentration provides exceptional training in clinical child psychology.  CFAR combines broad and general training in clinical psychology with emphases on normal child development, disorders of childhood and adolescence, family dynamics, and broader systems issues that influence the well-being of children and families.  Students are specially trained to help those children and families who face multiple adversities and are in severe need.

Program Overview

CFAR students begin their doctoral study with a fundamental grounding in clinical skills, including traditional assessment and psychotherapy, combined with strategies for supporting healthy family functioning, child wellness and positive youth development. Training in these fundamentals is supported by experiential learning in a variety of field sites throughout training.  Students are offered additional supports in concentration-relevant Clinical Seminars and other classes that focus on the individual, the family, the community, and the broader society and culture.

In the later stages of training, CFAR students focus on underserved children and families who face multiple adversities, do not readily access existing systems of care, or do not benefit optimally from existing service models. These may be children coping with physical, developmental, learning or psychiatric disabilities; children who are exposed to various forms of family or community violence; children and families who face challenges arising from immigration or refugee status; families whose members are involved in child protection or the juvenile or criminal justice systems; and families facing substantial social, political or socioeconomic deprivation or disenfranchisement.  Through classes and field placements, CFAR students acquire skills to identify risk factors, promote resiliencies from a strength-based perspective, support positive youth and family development, and utilize empirically-based and emerging “best practices” strategies. Clinical skills in assessment and intervention are supplemented by professional practice skills in multi-disciplinary collaboration, consultation, advocacy, and multi-systems analysis and intervention.  CFAR maintains close linkage with other WJC specialized programs, including the Freedman Center for Family Development and the Pathways Program.

Enrollment Process

Two levels of involvement in CFAR are offered: Major Area of Study and Area of Emphasis.  Students who seek to participate in CFAR as a Major Area of Study are recommended to declare their interest at the time of application to the doctoral program.  Students who seek to participate in CFAR as an Emphasis are recommended to declare their interest to the Concentration Director via email no later than the end of the fall semester of their second year. Advanced Standing students should declare their interest no later than the end of the fall semester of their first year.

Major Area of Study
Required Courses
CLI CS600 (credits: 2) /CLI CS605 - Clinical Seminar I (credits: 2) * (related section which includes focus on both broad/general and child clinical content)
CLI CS700 (credits: 2)/CLI CS705 - Clinical Seminar II (credits: 2) CLI CL523 - Introduction to Clinical Care-Children and Families (credits: 2) * (CFAR-related section)
CLI CX630 - Clinical Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Child and Adolescent Disorders (credits: 2) * 
CLI FX615 - Clinical Practice of Family and Systems Therapy (credits: 2) 
CLI PY750 - Foundations: Adversity and Resilience in Youth and Families (credits: 2) 
*These courses fulfill departmental requirements and do not add to the concentration credit total.

Two of the following electives are required
CLI DP500 - The Psychology of Divorce (credits: 2) 
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3) 
CLI FX600 - Infant, Toddler, Parent Intervention (credits: 2) 
SCH IA776 - Preschool Services: Assessment and Intervention (credits: 2) 
CLI MH512 - Forensic Psychology I: Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI MH630 - Police Psychology (credits: 2) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
CLI NP615 - Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment (credits: 3) 
CLI NT500 - Introduction to Narrative Therapy (credits: 2) 
SCH PA700 - Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment (credits: 2) 
SCH PA725 - Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment: Children and Adolescents (credits: 2) 
SCH PA760 - Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment (credits: 2) 
PS602 - Pediatric Psychology (credits: 2)
PY520 - Child Psychotherapy (credits: 2)
CLI PY621 - Advanced Seminar: Childhood and Adolescence Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
CLI PY740 - Preventive Mental Health Programs for Children and Families (credits: 2) 
SCH SN512 - Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (credits: 3) 
CLI TR530 - Trauma and Resilience: Family, Community, and Global Perspectives (credits: 2) 
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2) 
Others are approved by CFAR Concentration Director

One of the following courses are recommended:
CLI NP615 - Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment (credits: 3) 
SCH PM625 - Rorschach Essentials (credits: 3) 

Please note: These Major Area of Study requirements began with the cohort that entered in 2016; earlier cohorts, prior to the initiation of CLI CL523 - Introduction to Clinical Care-Children and Families, require 3 electives.

Recommended Sequence

While the following sequence of courses is recommended, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor and concentration director to discuss their own academic plan.

Year One: Fall and Spring Semesters

Year One: Summer or Year Two: Summer

Year Two: Fall and Spring Semesters

Year Two: Summer

Year Three: Fall and Spring Semester

Year Three: Summer

  • CFAR-releventelectives

Year Four: (non-consortium): Fall and Spring Semesters

  • Remaining CFAR electives to total of 2
  • Open Choice Fieldwork

Internship: Year Four and Five (Consortium) or Year 5 (full-time)

  • 50% of more child, adolescent, and/or family work that focuses on children or adolescents.

Field Placement

  • Year 1 – primarily child/adolescent/family
  • Year 2 – primarily adult (does not include college counseling)
  • Year 3 - primarily child/adolescent/family
  • Year 4 (non-Consortium) – open choice
  • Internship - no less than 50% child/adolescent/family

Doctoral Project

Clinical Psychology students who are completing a Major Area of Study in the CFAR concentration will be required to complete a doctoral project in an area related to the content of the CFAR concentration. In general terms, this includes studies on children, adolescents or families, studies on services provided to children, adolescents, or families, or studies with a developmental perspective, i.e., considering how features of childhood or adolescence are associated with later functioning. Each doctoral project topic needs to be approved by the CFAR director.

Additional Requirements

All CFAR Major Area of Study students in their first and second years are required to attend special meetings, largely didactic presentations and case presentations, scheduled once to twice per month.
Area of Emphasis
Required Courses
CLI CL523 - Introduction to Clinical Care-Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI CX630 - Clinical Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Child and Adolescent Disorders (credits: 2)*
 CLI FX615 - Clinical Practice of Family and Systems Therapy (credits: 2) *

*These courses fulfill departmental requirements and do not add to the concentration credit total.

Two of the following concentration electives are required
CLI DP500 - The Psychology of Divorce (credits: 2) 
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3) 
CLI FX600 - Infant, Toddler, Parent Intervention (credits: 2) 
SCH IA776 - Preschool Services: Assessment and Intervention (credits: 2) 
CLI MH512 - Forensic Psychology I: Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI MH630 - Police Psychology (credits: 2) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
CLI NP615 - Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment (credits: 3) 
CLI NT500 - Introduction to Narrative Therapy (credits: 2) 
SCH PA700 - Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment (credits: 2) 
SCH PA725 - Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment: Children and Adolescents (credits: 2) 
SCH PA760 - Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment (credits: 2) 
PS602 - Pediatric Psychology (credits: 2)
PY520 - Child Psychology (credits: 2)
CLI PY621 - Advanced Seminar: Childhood and Adolescence Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
CLI PY740 - Preventive Mental Health Programs for Children and Families (credits: 2) 
SCH SN512 - Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs (credits: 3) 
CLI TR530 - Trauma and Resilience: Family, Community, and Global Perspectives (credits: 2) 
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2) 
CLI PY750 - Foundations: Adversity and Resilience in Youth and Families (credits: 2) 

Others as approved by the CFAR Concentration Director

One of the following courses are recommended
CLI NP615 - Pediatric Neuropsychological Assessment (credits: 3) 
SCH PM625 - Rorschach Essentials (credits: 3) 

Recommended Sequence

While the following sequence of courses is recommended, students are encouraged to meet with their advisor and concentration director to discuss their own academic plan.

Years One or Two

Year Three

Year Four

  • CFAR Electives
  • Open Choice Fieldwork

Internship: Year 4 and 5 (Consortium)

  • 50% of more child, adolescent, and/or family work that focuses on children or adolescents.

Field Placement

  • Year 3 Advanced Practicum – Child/Adolescent/Family
  • Year 4 (non-Consortium) – open choice
  • Internship - no less than 50% child/adolescent/family

Doctoral Project

Clinical Psychology students who are completing an Area of Emphasis in the CFAR concentration will be required to complete a doctoral project in an area related to the content of the CFAR concentration. In general terms, this includes studies on children, adolescents or families, studies on services provided to children, adolescents, or families, or studies with a developmental perspective, i.e., considering how features of childhood or adolescence are associated with later functioning. Each doctoral project topic needs to be approved by the CFAR director.
Faculty
Bruce Ecker, PhD
Gemima St Louis, PhD
Julie L. Ryan, PhD
Margaret Hannah, MEd, GCEC
Nadja N. Reilly, PhD
Natalie A. Cort, PhD
Robert Dingman, EdD
Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD
Robin M. Deutsch, PhD, ABPP
Timothy Soto, PhD

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