Courses & Curriculum

Degree Requirements

To earn the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment, you must complete 36 credits. The credits consist of 24 credits of coursework and 12 credits of a clinical practicum in a community-based setting.

Curriculum

The 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.

When you complete 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 Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

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

Full-Time Course Sequence

Late Summer (Intensive)

PSYCAP 510: Conceptual Foundations of Developmental Psychopathology: Risk & Protective Factors
PSYCAP 526: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Parenting Interventions

Autumn Quarter

PSYCAP 514: Child & Adolescent Psychopathology: Assessment & Diagnosis
PSYCAP 524: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: CBT for Anxiety/Trauma-Focused CBT 
PSYCAP 518: Ethics & Law in Counseling Settings: Children, Adolescents & Families
Practicum

Winter Quarter

PSYCAP 516: Approaches to Child & Adolescent Treatment
PSYCAP 522: Evidence-Based Practices in Counseling Settings: Extreme & Complex Needs
Practicum

Spring Quarter

PSYCAP 520: Critical Thinking About Research & Ethics
PSYCAP 512: Social & Emotional Development
PSYCAP 528: Multicultural Issues in Counseling Settings: Children, Adolescents & Families
Practicum

Summer Quarter

Practicum