Child and Adolescent Track Courses

The Child & Adolescent Track involves the study and treatment of children; it focuses on early detection and intervention in individual, family, and school settings.

Chair, Dr. Richard Ruth

PsyD 8252 Child and Adolescent Assessment  

PsyD 8262 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychotherapy (Required) 
This course will examine the etiology and symptoms of disorders of childhood and adolescence, as well as current therapeutic approaches. We will cover general, non-specific treatment concerns as well as specific treatment techniques for the intervention of a range of clinical disorders (e.g. autism, attention deficit disorder, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders). Major topics covered will include: contrasting models of psychopathology; classification and epidemiology of childhood and adolescent psychopathology; outcome of childhood disorders; therapeutic approaches and their efficacy. The role of development in the understanding and treatment of childhood disorders is considered throughout and will be explored in detail.

PsyD 8264 Infant and Toddler Psychopathology and Psychotherapy (Required)
This course will cover basic distinctions between child and adult clinical work; the history and development of psychoanalytic thinking about clinical work with children; core topics in psychopathology in infancy, toddlerhood, and early childhood; and psychotherapeutic methods with infants and young children. The focus will be on psychoanalytically informed/psychodynamic approaches; behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and family-systems approaches will also be surveyed.

PsyD 8265 Family Therapy 
This course serves as an introduction to the field of Family Psychotherapy. Students will learn about the history, general concepts and basic clinical techniques of Family therapy. Special attention will be devoted to studying System theory and its applications to family and group dynamics. Students will also learn about other approaches to family psychotherapy, such as object relations, intergenerational approach, behavioral approach, etc. Special assignments, such as creating a genogram of the family of origin, cultural analysis of the family, role-plays, etc., will help the students learn how to apply the concepts of Family Psychotherapy to clinical work with their patients. A special section of the course will be devoted to working with couples. Educational videos and role-play will be widely used throughout the class to help the participants develop practical clinical skills.  

PsyD 8270 Attachment 
Students will gain an understanding of attachment theory and current empirical research, be able to apply attachment theory to psychotherapy process and outcome, gain knowledge of how attachment theory applies to diverse patients (including patients with different sexual orientations and cultural backgrounds), and be able to begin to integrate psychotherapy techniques into clinical work (individual, family, couples and group) based on attachment theory.

PsyD 8270 Trauma
Recognize symptoms of trauma even when they are not part of the presenting complaints. Evaluate the nature and severity of symptoms in order to formulate an appropriate treatment plan. Identify defenses that contribute to functional disorganization following a traumatic experience and help the patient work through these maladaptive defenses. Understand the utility and application of various psychodynamic theories to treat trauma. Demonstrate knowledge of simple and complex PTSD. Apply knowledge of transference and countertransference dynamics with trauma survivors in clinical situations. Develop an understanding of vicarious trauma and countertransference enactments. Demonstrate an ability to work with traumatized individuals across cultures.

PsyD 8270 Advanced Adolescent/Adult Psychotherapy

PsyD 8270 Cross Cultural Psychology
The intent of this course is to build upon the foundation of basic concepts and competencies developed throughout our integrated curriculum, in which culturally related and diversity topics are widely addressed, and develop advanced-level skills. Thus, this course will be of particular relevance to students with focal interests in work in minority communities and in cross-cultural clinical work, and with aspirations to participate in leading this edge in the development of our profession. This course, in seminar format, will cover three domains: Foundational topics in the scientific base of cross-cultural psychology relevant to the conceptualization and practice of cross-cultural clinical psychology, issues in cross-cultural psychological assessment, and how psychological science, psychoanalytic theory, and clinical discoveries bear upon the practice of cross-cultural psychotherapy and other forms of psychological intervention, especially, but not only, in the psychodynamic and psychoanalytic traditions and frameworks.