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Graduate Course Proposal Form Submission Detail - MHS6073
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Current Status: Approved, Permanent Archive - 2006-05-05
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  1. Date & Time Submitted: 2006-02-15
  2. Department: Child and Family Studies
  3. College: BC
  4. Budget Account Number: 583000050
  5. Contact Person: Carol MacKinnon-Lewis
  6. Phone: 9742075
  7. Email:
  8. Prefix: MHS
  9. Number: 6073
  10. Full Title: Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Resilienc
  11. Credit Hours: 3
  12. Section Type: C - Class Lecture (Primarily)
  13. Is the course title variable?: N
  14. Is a permit required for registration?: N
  15. Are the credit hours variable?: N
  16. Is this course repeatable?:
  17. If repeatable, how many times?: 0
  18. Abbreviated Title (30 characters maximum): Psychopathology and Resilience
  19. Course Online?: -
  20. Percentage Online:
  21. Grading Option: R - Regular
  22. Prerequisites: None
  23. Corequisites: None
  24. Course Description: Students will gain basic knowledge about psychological disorders necessary to assess/treat/serve children, adolescents, and their families. Factors that promote resilience and build competencies will be explored. Unrestricted. Nonrepeatable.

  25. Please briefly explain why it is necessary and/or desirable to add this course: This course provides a scientific and theoretical basis for understanding and serving children and adolescents with psychological disorders, as well as the factors that promote resilience. The uniqueness of this course and its importance for inclusion in
  26. What is the need or demand for this course? (Indicate if this course is part of a required sequence in the major.) What other programs would this course service? This course is important for inclusion in a Graduate Certificate in Children’s Mental Health because of its focus on psychological disorders within a strength-based, resiliency framework. The President’s New Freedom Commission report states that the goal of a transformed mental health system is recovery, and that there should be a focus on helping consumers strengthen resilience in addition to managing symptoms. This course addresses that goal by teaching students the concept of resilience and implications for intervention with children and their families in various contexts. It will serve as an elective as part of the Graduate Certification in Children’s Mental Health.

    This course may be applicable to the colleges/programs of public health, social work, psychology, and potentially, medicine.

  27. Has this course been offered as Selected Topics/Experimental Topics course? If yes, how many times? No
  28. What qualifications for training and/or experience are necessary to teach this course? (List minimum qualifications for the instructor.) The instructor should meet the following requirements: Possess a doctoral degree that is appropriate to the area in which they are teaching; have graduate teaching experience in the mental health field; specifically, Dr. McCammon has taught Child and Adolescent Psychopathology; Psychotherapeutic Interventions with Children and Families; Interdisciplinary Practice: Services for Children with Serious Emotional Disorders and their Families; Interviewing and Behavioral Assessment; Advanced Abnormal; Behavior Therapy: Research and Techniques; Ethics and Professional Practice; Advanced Selected Topics in Psychology: Psychological Issues in Sexual Abuse; Psychology of Sexual Behavior; and Advanced Seminar in Women’s Studies, as well as other courses.

    Dr. McCammon’s short curriculum vitae is attached. Her full curriculum vitae is included in the accompanying folder.

  29. Objectives: 1. Apply a developmental-systems approach to understanding the development of abnormal behavior, and development of resilience, in children and adolescents

    2. Review the current classification systems for childhood psychopathology

    3. Present the role of resilience in overcoming adversity, trauma, and abuse

    4. Review theories of etiology, clinical manifestations, and implications for intervention for the common psychopathological disorders as seen in school, clinic, or community settings

    5. Promote an awareness of the settings and contexts in which children and adolescents with emotional problems typically receive assistance in a system of care

    6. Promote a respectful and empathic attitude toward parents/caregivers that equips professionals to work in partnership with parents

  30. Learning Outcomes: 1. Demonstrate knowledge of the DSM IV classifications relating to children and youth

    2. Demonstrate understanding of the role of culture and contextual factors in the etiology, assessment, and diagnosis of emotional problems of childhood and adolescence

    3. Demonstrate understanding of the concepts of resilience, adaptive coping, and developmental assets, and their application to working with youth with serious emotional problems and their families

  31. Major Topics: President’s New Freedom Commission, poverty and adolescent development; DSM vs. other approaches; resilience processes in development—understanding the concept of resilience and resilience as a phenomenon in childhood disorders; specific childhood psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, conduct disorders, anxiety and mood disorders; resilience and the disruptive disorders of childhood; adolescent substance use disorders; PTSD; the autism spectrum; Schizophrenia; resilience and the child with learning disabilities; child maltreatment and resiliency in maltreated children; and resilience processes in development.
  32. Textbooks: Required texts: Mash, E. J., & Barkley, R. A. (2003). Child Psychopathology (Second Ed.). New York: Guilford.

    Goldstein, S. & Brooks, R. B. (2006). Handbook of Resilience in Children. New York: Springer.

    Optional text: American Psychiatric Association (2000). Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (4th Ed., Text Rev.) Washington, DC: Author.

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