Child and Adolescent Psychology Concentration | Los Angeles Pacific University

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Concentration Overview


The Child and Adolescent Psychology concentration provides a framework for working with children and adolescents, as opposed to concentration areas that may focus on other populations. Students have the opportunity to observe children and apply psychological theory, principles, and methodology within assignments geared toward this population. Graduates of the concentration may choose to pursue a master’s degree and beyond, and potentially a marriage and family therapy license.

Child and Adolescent Psychology

This 15-unit concentration requires the following coursework:

Coursework

15 Credits

PSYC 425

Crisis Counseling and Intervention

3 Credits

An examination of the knowledge, skills, and practices specific to crisis counseling and intervention. Focuses on applying appropriate methods to crisis situations, while considering cultural and ethical issues. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 440

Child Psychology

3 Credits

Explores different aspects of psychological issues in children emphasizing symptomatology, assessment, etiological factors, and various treatment modalities. Examines cultural, ethical, and legal issues related to the treatment of children. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 445

Adolescent Psychology

3 Credits

Explores different aspects of psychological issues in adolescents emphasizing symptomatology, assessment, etiological factors, and various treatment modalities. Examines cultural, ethical, and legal issues related to the treatment of adolescents. Prerequisite: APSY 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 450

Family Systems

3 Credits

An overview of the development of the family system, including functional and dysfunctional family relationships, cultural and spiritual implications. Introduces psychological interventions and techniques which further development and change. Prerequisite: PSYC 105 Introduction to Psychology

PSYC 455

Conflict Management

3 Credits

Examines the diagnosis, analysis, and conflict resolution between individuals and in organizations. Discusses the application of different types of negotiation strategies based on rational and emotional elements in approaching negotiation, cultural contexts, and individual differences.

Total Credits

15 Credits

This information is current for this academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information.

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Potential Careers


Serve children and adolescents in schools, social welfare agencies, ministry, etc. Professions may include work with foster care and adoption, youth camps, YMCA, group homes, and the like.

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