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Clinical Practice with Children
Credits: 3 cr.
This course identifies normal stages of child development, with particular emphasis on emotional/social tasks, and formulates social work interventions based on developmental data and need. Theoretical content includes psychological information and paradigms which allow for understanding of child behavior and parental reciprocity. Focus is on both the child's inner experience and relational experience with caregivers as simultaneously contributing to the development of personality and adaptive capacity. Experiences (such as death, parental divorce, abuse, etc.) are then used to consider how children react and accommodate to crises or disruption, in terms of their own psychological well-being. Clinical interventions are discussed to illustrate application of theory to practice and to develop necessary techniques to permit practice competencies.