Courses

To earn the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment, you must complete 46 credits. This consists of 35 credits of coursework and 11 credits of a clinical practicum held in a community-based setting.

Curriculum

The program curriculum is designed to give you a theoretical foundation in child psychology and prepare you to diagnose and treat mental health disorders in children and adolescents.

Upon completing the program, you’ll be able to:

  • Diagnose psychosocial difficulties and disorders in children and youth
  • Select, tailor and deliver interventions based on evidence-based practices
  • Assess and analyze prevention and intervention needs for specific therapeutic or educational contexts
  • Implement strategies for successful professional interactions (e.g., mindfulness, effective listening and effective verbal and written communication)
  • Understand and be able to apply ethical principles in the delivery of interventions for children and youth

Pathway to Licensure as a LMHC

For those seeking to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment degree is designed to equip graduates with the foundational competencies to meet licensing requirements.

Course Sequence — Full-Time Students

The course schedule below applies to students entering the program in summer quarter 2019 and after.

Summer Quarter (A Term)

Principles of Assessment & Behavior Change (course number pending)
PSYCAP 526: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Parenting Interventions

Summer Quarter (B Term)

PSYCAP 510: Conceptual Foundations of Developmental Psychopathology: Risk & Protective Factors
PSYCAP 516: Approaches to Child & Adolescent Treatment

Late Summer (Intensive)

Counseling Skills With Individuals & Families (course number pending)
PSYCAP 518: Ethics & Law in Counseling Settings: Children, Adolescents & Families

Autumn Quarter

PSYCAP 514: Child & Adolescent Psychopathology: Assessment & Diagnosis
PSYCAP 524: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Treatments for Anxiety & Mood Disorders
PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Winter Quarter

PSYCAP 522: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Extreme & Complex Needs
Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Trauma-Focused CBT & Treating Trauma (course number pending)
PSYCAP 528: Multicultural Issues in Counseling Settings: Children, Adolescents & Families
PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Spring Quarter

PSYCAP 512: Social & Emotional Development
PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Summer Quarter

PSYCAP 520: Critical Thinking About Research (A Term)
PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Course Sequence — Part-Time Students

The course schedule below applies to students entering the program in summer quarter 2019 and after.

Year One

Summer Quarter (A Term)

Principles of Assessment & Behavior Change (course number pending)
PSYCAP 526: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Parenting Interventions

Summer Quarter (B Term)

PSYCAP 510: Conceptual Foundations of Developmental Psychopathology: Risk & Protective Factors
PSYCAP 516: Approaches to Child & Adolescent Treatment

Late Summer (Intensive)

Counseling Skills With Individuals & Families (course number pending)

Autumn Quarter

PSYCAP 514: Child & Adolescent Psychopathology: Assessment & Diagnosis
PSYCAP 524: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Treatments for Anxiety & Mood Disorders

Winter Quarter

PSYCAP 522: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Extreme & Complex Needs
Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Trauma-Focused CBT & Treating Trauma (course number pending)
PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Spring Quarter

PSYCAP 512: Social & Emotional Development

Summer Quarter

PSYCAP 520: Critical Thinking About Research (A Term)

Year Two

Late Summer (Intensive)

PSYCAP 518: Ethics & Law in Counseling Settings: Children, Adolescents & Families

Autumn Quarter

PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Winter Quarter

PSYCAP 528: Multicultural Issues in Counseling Settings: Children, Adolescents & Families
PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Spring Quarter

PSYCAP 560: Practicum

Summer Quarter

PSYCAP 560: Practicum

 

Select courses may also be available for single course enrollment.