Introduction to Clinical Care

CLI CL523 - Introduction to Clinical Care-Children and Families

Credits: 2

The purpose of this didactic and experiential course is to teach the foundational clinical, professional and ethical competencies needed as students undertake professional training to work with children, adolescents, families, and collateral care providers. Course topics include structured diagnostic interviewing with children, adolescents, and parents, biopsychosocial formulation of children in context, treatment planning, assessment of treatment progress, basic psychotherapy skills specific to children, adolescents and families including, as relevant, play, and professional roles in varied child/adolescent psychology service settings (e.g., special education services, school mental health, outpatient and inpatient services, primary care offices, case management, wrap-around services, in-home therapy). Evidence-based practices are stressed, as are ethical and legal obligations specific to work with children and families. Appreciation for multiculturalism and diversity in race, ethnicity, SES, and sexual orientation among others are emphasized throughout.

NOTE: Preferred enrollment for CFAR concentration students, others as space permits. Year 1 students who take this course must be concurrently enrolled in CS600/605.