In this concentration, preparation for competent and ethical practice with children and adolescents will include an understanding of developmental issues and the range of psychological problems of children and adolescents. Students will learn the application of effective individual and family systems interventions, including play therapy. Course content will be examined through a neuroscience, multicultural and social justice framework.
In addition to fulfilling the educational requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in Pennsylvania and in many other states, this concentration prepares the student for effective psychotherapy and advocacy in settings including outpatient and residential treatment centers for children and adolescents, hospitals and school-based programs. Child & Adolescent Therapy concentration prepares students for various counselor positions working with children and adolescents.
The Child & Adolescent Therapy: Specialization in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Concentration is one of seven concentrations in the Clinical and Counseling Psychology M.S. degree program.