Psychological Development Across the Lifespan - COUN 7335

Format: Online

Duration: 14 weeks

Credit: 3

This course covers the major phases of human growth and development from birth through maturity. Learn to integrate your knowledge of human development with the particular needs of vulnerable populations, and explore how those needs are met through currently available resources such as social services, education or therapy. You will develop an appreciation for the impact of families and other social groups on human development as well as for each individual’s unique path toward growth.

Course Highlights

  • Explore how your own parents’ style of childrearing impacted your development.
  • Discuss the upheavals of adolescence in terms of emotional growth, peers and social growths, and how they impact development.

Course Topics

Throughout each week of the course, you will focus on a core topic or theme. Sample topics for COUN 7335 are listed below and are subject to change based on the instructor.

  • Themes in Development
  • Heredity, Environment and the Beginnings of Human Life
  • Neural, Cognitive and Emotional Development in the Early Years
  • Socialization in the Early Years
  • Realms of Cognition in Middle Childhood
  • Gender and Peer Relationships in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence
  • Physical, Cognitive, and Identity Development: Adolescence
  • Physical, Cognitive, Socioemotional and Vocational Development in Young Adulthood
  • Middle Adulthood
  • Late Adulthood
  • Culture and Cross-Cultural Trends
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of COUN 7335 students will be able to:

  • Develop an appreciation for the importance of human growth and development as an integral component of the total counseling process.
  • Appreciate the uniqueness of each individual’s development in view of his or her personal change process.
  • Develop and apply a solid understanding of the major theoretical principles of human growth and development.
  • Develop and apply a solid understanding of research findings in the area of human development.
  • Summarize the progression of life from birth to death, seen as a process of change and of normative sequential development.
  • Examine the impact of families and other social groups on individual development and the individual’s development on the family.
  • Integrate knowledge of human development with the particular needs of vulnerable populations, and to relate these needs to current social agency, educational, or therapeutic practices.

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.

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