Counseling Children and Their Families – CEFS 611

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

Course Description

The developmental and psychological needs and problems of children are examined through the analysis of personality types and family structure. Counseling techniques (e.g. play therapy) for children are also examined.

Prerequisites

(CEFS 500 or COUN 500) and (CEFS 501 or MAAC 501 or COUN 501) and (CEFS 502 or COUN 502) and (CEFS 504 or MAAC 504 or COUN 504) and (CEFS 505 or COUN 505) and (CEFS 510 or MAAC 510 or COUN 510) and (CEFS 512 or COUN 512) and (CEFS 515 or MAAC 515 or COUN 515) and (CEFS 521 or MAAC 521 or COUN 521) and (CEFS 522 or COUN 522) and (CEFS 546 or MAAC 646 or COUN 646)

Rationale

CEFS 611 is a graduate course in the development and counseling of children. America’s children are the focus of growing concern because of increasing rates of divorce, separation, and the fragmentation of cohabitative relationships. In addition, they are the victims of physical, sexual, emotional, and verbal abuse. This specific course is offered in an eight-week format. It includes extensive readings, interactions with children/parents, a research paper, and interactions with other students via a discussion board.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the different dynamics that interfere with a child’s normal physical and emotional development.
  2. Assess the impact of environmental, cultural, and religious influences to the healthy development of children.
  3. Develop a framework, including biblical truths, of the counseling process for children.
  4. Evaluate the different theoretical approaches to child therapy.
  5. Explain the ethical and legal issues associated with counseling the child and family.
  6. Assess the attributes of all major therapeutic approaches.
  7. Discuss the special topics associated with counseling the child.
  8. Integrate theoretical approaches with therapeutic approaches.

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 (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there are 3 graded Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of these Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant course topics. The student is required to submit 1 thread of 400–450 words. The student will then submit 2 substantive replies of 200–250 words. The student must support each thread assertion with at least 2 citations in current APA format. The student must support each reply with at least 1 source. Acceptable sources include the textbook or scholarly journals.

Interview Checkpoints (2)

The student must submit brief sentences as checkpoints before beginning the interview assignments for this course.

Interview Checkpoint: School Bullying

The student must submit the name of the teacher with whom he/she has scheduled to meet along with the time and place.

Interview Checkpoint: Therapist

The student must submit the name of the counselor with whom he/she has scheduled to meet along with the time and place.

School Bullying Interview Questions

The student is to seek out an elementary school teacher to interview. He/she is to research school bullying to help formulate 15 interview questions. The purpose is for the student to gain an understanding of what is occurring in schools today and how aware teachers are of bullying in both the school and in the cyber world.

School Bullying Paper

The student will summarize his/her interview findings and compare and contrast the answers with a minimum of 5 empirical research studies. The student’s findings must be combined into a 3–5-page paper in current APA format.

G. Therapist Interview Questions

The student is to seek out a child therapist to interview. The student will use his/her will research the challenges in counseling children to formulate 15 interview questions. The purpose is for the student to gain a greater and more applicable understanding of counseling children.

Therapist Paper

The student will expound upon his/her interview questions and findings in a 3–5-page paper in current APA format. The student will describe ethical dilemmas and biblical integration that the counselor has experienced and/or used in his/her practice.

Research Paper

The student will choose a counseling topic related to counseling children with special concerns or disabilities and research empirically-based approaches to counseling children with that specific need. The student must include at least 10 relevant journal articles in the paper. The paper must be 10–12 pages in current APA format, and include a title page, abstract, and reference page.

Quizzes (8)

All quizzes will be open-book/open-notes (from the Henderson & Thompson textbook). Quiz 1 will include a total of 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Quiz 2 will contain a total of 40 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Quizzes 3–7 will include a total of 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions. Quizzes 1–7 will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. Quiz 8 consists of 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions and has a 45-minute time limit.