Child and Adolescent Counseling – COUN 8355

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credit: 3

A child’s learning process is as fascinating as it is complex. In this class you’ll gain insight into the living and learning environments of children and adolescents in the United States. You’ll learn to assess and promote psychological health in children, anticipate and respond to developmental issues and how to effectively intervene when necessary. You’ll also evaluate the efficacy of a number of psychological theories and interventions appropriate for use with this population.

Course Highlights

  • Exploration of the learning process through the eyes of children and adolescents
  • Designed experiential exercises that allow the opportunity for real world application
  • Discovery of your own family’s role in your learning process

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 8355 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Little Children Are a Treasure. Their Worth You Cannot Measure.
  • So How Is This “Counseling Thing” Supposed To Work?
  • Dr. Freud! Welcome to Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood!
  • Pearls of Wisdom Grounded in Behavior?
  • Is the Solution Just a Dose of Reality?
  • Please Dr. Adler, Try to Be Rational!
  • What Were You Thinking?
  • Welcome to the Family!
  • Come, Let Us Put Our Heads Together.
  • Play as Therapy
  • Let’s Take This to The Group!
  • Counseling Children with Special Concerns
  • “Dude, See That Kid in the Wheelchair? They Say He Is Going to Be in Our Class!"

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 8355 students will be able to:

  • Apply different counseling theories and strategies when working with children and adolescents regarding prevention, early intervention, and crisis management of identified at risk adolescent populations.
  • Effectively practice skills in interviewing and counseling children, adolescents, and their families of different cultural backgrounds.
  • Identify and apply school, state, and federal laws, policies, legislation and current issues to various counseling cases/scenarios.
  • Articulate an understanding of special themes involved in the work with children including adolescent suicide, peer relationships, divorce and stepfamily issues, and children who have been traumatized.
  • Identify and utilize skills to develop a comprehensive approach and work effectively with others involved with children including parents, school personnel, courts and social service agencies.
  • Differentiate between significant psychological problems and age-appropriate growing pains. Utilize developmental approaches to assist students and parents at points of educational transition.

Get Started

To learn more about this course or others in the online Master of Education in School Counseling from Our Lady of the Lake University, call 855-275-1082 to speak with an admissions adviser or request more information.

The content presented on this page is representative information for example purposes and is subject to change as course and student needs change over time.