Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) Concentration

Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience(CFAR)

Be the difference for children and families in need

The Clinical Psychology PsyD 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.

An important component of the CFAR program for students in the School Psychology MA/CAGS Program will include working in settings where they are dealing with more complicated family needs and/or challenging environmental conditions, such as: low SES, substance abuse, severe disabilities, incarcerated parents, chronic medical and/or mental illness, immigration issues, and poor access to services.

Did you know?

50 percent of parents are unable to obtain mental health care for their children due to a shortage of trained professionals.

Rachel GottliebI want to give children hope that with hard work and determination that anything is possible, especially when it comes to bettering their mental health. I have found this concentration to support my future goals, allowing me to learn about real life cases and interventions that could be used in my practice. I have enjoyed having weekly seminars where speakers present on their experiences in the field and how they work with their clients.”

Rachel Gottlieb
Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience

CFAR Concentration for PsyD in Clinical Psychology

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 training and service centers.

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 should fill out the Declaration of Concentration form and return it to the Registrar and submit a copy to the Concentration Director.  Students 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.

Required Courses
CLI PY750 - The Ecology of Child Behavioral Health: Prevention, Intervention and Public Policy (credits: 3)
CLI BX702 - Child/Adolescent CBT Theory and Practice* (credits: 3)
CLI FX701 - Family Systems Theory and Practice* (credits: 3)
CLI PA802 - Integrated Assessment: Child* (credits: 3)
*These courses fulfill departmental requirements and do not add to the concentration credit total.

Recommended
CLI PA604 - Psychological Assessment of Child and Adolescent Disorders (credits: 3) - this course also qualifies as a CFAR elective

Two of the following concentration electives are required*
CLI AA600 - Advanced Assessment: Integrated Team Clinic (credits: 3)
CLI AC715 - Assessment and Treatment of Individuals of African and Caribbean Heritage (credits: 2)
CLI CX525 - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (credits: 2)
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3)
COU FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 2) 
COU GR501 – Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
CLI MH512 - Children, Families and the Law (credits: 2)
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1)
CLI NP601 - Neuropsychological Assessment** (credits: 3) in combination with CLI NP670 - Neuropathology** (credits: 2)
SCH PA760 - Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment (credits: 2)
CLI PS602 - Pediatric Psychology (credits: 2)
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2)
CLI 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 SB523 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Schools (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)
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment  (credits: 3) 
CLI TC556 - Understanding System-Involved Youth (credits: 2)
*This list represents a sample of the elective courses offered. If you have questions about another elective not listed here, please contact the CFAR
**NP601 and NP670 together count as one CFAR elective. These courses are often required for CFAR students co-concentration in Neuropsychology. If you have questions about this special circumstance, please reach out to the CFAR Concentration Director.


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

  • Child/Adolescent Fieldwork
  • Attendance at CFAR meetings

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-relevant electives

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

  • One year of practicum training primarily youth/family supervised by any licensed mental health clinician, (i.e., 640 hours)
  • 960 cumulative hours^ of practicum and/or predoctoral internship training primarily with youth/family, supervised by a licensed psychologist

^Hours are overall, not exclusively face-to-face service hours.


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.

Required Courses
CLI BX702 - Child/Adolescent CBT Theory and Practice* (credits: 3)
CLI FX701 - Family Systems Theory and Practice* (credits: 3)
CLI PA802 - Integrated Assessment: Child* (credits: 3)
*These courses fulfill departmental requirements and do not add to the concentration credit total.

Two of the following concentration electives are required*
CLI AA600 - Advanced Assessment: Integrated Team Clinic (credits: 3)
CLI AC715 - Assessment and Treatment of Individuals of African and Caribbean Heritage (credits: 2)
CLI CX525 - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (credits: 2)
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3)
COU FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 2) 
COU GR501 – Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
CLI MH512 - Children, Families and the Law (credits: 2)
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1)
CLI NP601 - Neuropsychological Assessment** (credits: 3) in combination with CLI NP670 - Neuropathology** (credits: 2)
SCH PA760 - Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment (credits: 2)
CLI PS602 - Pediatric Psychology (credits: 2)
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2)
CLI 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)
CLI PY750 - The Ecology of Child Behavioral Health: Prevention, Intervention and Public Policy (credits: 3)
SCH SB523 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Schools (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)
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment  (credits: 3) 
CLI TC556 - Understanding System-Involved Youth (credits: 2)
*This list represents a sample of the elective courses offered. If you have questions about another elective not listed here, please contact the CFAR
**NP601 and NP670 together count as one CFAR elective. These courses are often required for CFAR students co-concentration in Neuropsychology. If you have questions about this special circumstance, please reach out to the CFAR Concentration Director.


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 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

  • One year of practicum primarily youth/family, supervised by any licensed mental health clinician, (i.e., 640 hours)
  • 500 cumulative hours^ of practicum and/or predoctoral internship training primarily with youth/family, supervised by a licensed psychologist

^Hours are overall, not exclusively face-to-face service hours.


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.

CFAR Concentration for MA/CAGS in School Psychology

School Psychology MA/CAGS students may participate in CFAR as an Area of Emphasis and can declare their interest in Year 1 or 2. Students should fill out the Declaration of Concentration form and return it to the Registrar and submit a copy to the Concentration Director.

For MA/CAGS students in School Psychology
Required MA/CAGS courses to stand in for clinical practice courses
SCH CX610 - Counseling and Psychotherapy in Schools (credits: 3) 
SCH PH501 - Preventive Mental Health in the Schools (credits: 2) 

Two of the following concentration electives are required*
CLI AC715 - Assessment and Treatment of Individuals of African and Caribbean Heritage (credits: 2)
CLI BX702 - Child/Adolescent CBT Theory and Practice (credits: 3)
CLI CX525 - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (credits: 2)
COU ET601 - Practical Approaches in Expressive Arts Therapy (credits: 3)
SCH FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 2) 
CLI FX701 - Family Systems Theory and Practice (credits: 3)
COU GR501 – Group Counseling and Psychotherapy (credits: 3)
CLI MH512 - Children, Families and the Law (credits: 2)
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1)
SCH PA760 - Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment (credits: 2)
CLI PS602 - Pediatric Psychology (credits: 2)
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2)
CLI 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)
CLI PY750 - The Ecology of Child Behavioral Health: Prevention, Intervention and Public Policy (credits: 3)
SCH SB523 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Schools (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)
COU TR602 - Trauma: Theory and Treatment  (credits: 3) 
CLI TC556 - Understanding System-Involved Youth (credits: 2)

Please note: MA/CAGS students completing CFAR as an Area of Emphasis will graduate with 72 credits.
*This list represents a sample of the elective courses offered. If you have questions about another elective not listed here, please contact the CFAR Director


Field Placement

  • Year 1 or Year 2 in an under-served school district
  • Year 3: At least 50%/600 hours of CAGS internship with a population with significant adversity

CAGS Internship Portfolio

Personal Statement to include CFAR as an area of interest.


Additional Requirement

School Psychology students with an Area of Emphasis in CFAR are expected to attend monthly didactic presentations and case conferences in their first and second years. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances.

Concentration Faculty

Julie Ryan, PhD

Concentration Director
Julie Ryan, PhD
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Steve Barreto

Steven Barreto, PhD
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Stan Berman

Stanley J. Berman, PhD
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Matthew Carper

Matthew Carper, PhD
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Natalie Cort

Natalie A. Cort, PhD
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Geri Fuhrmann, PsyD

Geri Fuhrmann, PsyD
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Jason Kaplan

Jason Kaplan, PhD, LEP, NCSP
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Robert Kinscherff

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD
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Heather MacPherson

Heather MacPherson, PhD
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Emma Peterson

Emma Peterson, PhD
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Nadja Reilly

Nadja N. Reilly, PhD
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Timothy Soto, PhD

Timothy Soto, PhD
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Gemima St. Louis

Gemima St. Louis, PhD
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Shani Turner

Shani Turner, PhD
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