Christian Counseling for Children – CCOU 302

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

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.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

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.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Understand how brain development in children, including stress, attachment and integration can affect a child’s optimal functioning socially, emotionally, mentally and spiritually
  2. Distinguish the unique challenges facing children and youth due to the social issues of divorce, blended families, grief and loss, sexuality, and addictions.
  3. Identify interventions for successfully resolving cases of abuse, trauma, and the more commonly diagnosed mental health issues of childhood and adolescence.
  4. List the ethical considerations when working with children and youth, as well as personal challenges that may exist when working with this population.
  5. Research common problems among children and adolescents today, including definitions, causes, effects, and current treatment modalities while integrating the course material.

Course Assignment

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 Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to a provided prompt for each forum. 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 board assignment is self-reflective and does not require citations or references. (CLOs: A, B, C, D)

Research Paper Proposal

The student will choose from a list of research topics and submit a Research Paper Proposal of at least 250 words. The proposal will provide a brief summary of the topic chosen for the Research Paper. The Research Paper Proposal must include a title page and at least 1 reference in current APA format. (CLOs: E).

Reflection Paper

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 will contain a title page and must incorporate at least 3 citations from the textbook. (CLOs: A, D)

Annotated Bibliography

The student will submit an Annotated Bibliography in preparation for the Research Paper. Each annotation must provide a 2–3-sentence summary for each source in current APA format. The Annotated Bibliography must include at least 5 scholarly sources in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLOs: E)

Research Paper

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, abstract, 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)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study 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)