This course introduces the student to the challenges, developmental milestones, and crises that are a part of successfully navigating the span of years from childhood through adolescence. It further prepares the student to engage and retain the theories and techniques necessary for assisting children and adolescents with these challenges on their way to a healthy lifestyle.
For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.
There is arguably no other series of years in one’s lifespan that hold as much challenge with milestones as those found in childhood and adolescence. The need to be able to intervene strategically, knowledgeably, and appropriately in the lives of young people requires an understanding of the theories and techniques most likely to return a young person to a state of homeostasis (balance) in his or her life.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to a provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 words and contain at least 2 citations in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Replies must be at least 100 words and incorporate at least 1 citation. Acceptable sources include the textbook, the Bible, and lectures. Note that the final Discussion is self-reflective and does not require citations or references. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)
Research Paper: Proposal Assignment
The student will choose from a list of research topics and submit a Research Paper: Proposal Assignment of at least 250 words. The proposal will provide a brief summary of the topic chosen for the Research Paper Assignment. The Research Paper: Proposal Assignment must include a title page and at least 1 reference in current APA format. (CLOs: E).
Reflection Paper Assignment
The student will write a 500–750-word personal Reflection Paper in current APA format based on the Siegel and Bryson textbook. The Reflection Paper Assignment will contain a title page and must incorporate at least 3 citations from the textbook. (CLOs: A, D)
Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment
The student will submit an Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment in preparation for the Research Paper Assignment. Each annotation must provide a 2–3-sentence summary for each source in current APA format. The Research Paper: Annotated Bibliography Assignment must include at least 5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLOs: E)
Research Paper Assignment
The student will write an 8–10-page research-based paper in current APA format that focuses on a topic in the field of child counseling. The paper must include a title page and reference page in addition to the 8–10-page body of the paper. The paper must contain at least 5 scholarly references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLOs: A,B,C,D,E)
Each quiz will cover the Learn material and some presentations (see course content for details) for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, T/F questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (CLOs: A,B,C,D)