PSYC6740 Intervention Seminar II: Working with Children and Adolescents

Course Description

3 units; 2 Lect., 2 Lab.; 2nd term

The course will emphasize both theoretical and practical training on work with children and adolescents. It first starts with a discussion on developmental psychopathology. Then, the major focus of the course would aim at training students basic competence to perform intake diagnostic interview, assessment, diagnostic formulation, case conceptualization, and treatment planning, as well as to practise psychological intervention in treating various childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders, such as autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, conduct disorder, anxiety disorders, and depressive disorders, etc., as illustration of the treatment processes. The course ends at discussing how to match and fine-tune common treatment processes to particular aspects of different disorders. A substantial proportion of the time during class will be allocated to discussing simulated therapy sessions and role-play on videotapes. The students are expected to do their own readings before coming to class.