Counseling Children and Adolescents: Issues and Strategies – DBMF 600

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

Course Description

This course prepares students to address opportunities to evaluate current theories and the appropriateness/effectiveness of frequently used counseling strategies related to parents and minor clients addressing related problems including, but not limited to conduct, eating, sleeping, high-needs kids, and ADHD. Additionally, there is a special focus on trauma and abuse in the childhood years as well as an in depth analysis of ethical concerns and recognition of multicultural factors associated with diverse families are also included.


PACO 500, PACO 501


This course helps counselors, pastors, and parenting champions identify issues that can divide children from their parents and employ the strategies necessary to help families reconnect and thrive.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the developmental stages and needs of both girls and boys from infancy through adolescence and understand these developmental transitions and gender differences.
  2. Explain the legal and ethical implications of counseling children and adolescents.
  3. Assess the current state of social issues and how they are influencing today’s adolescents (i.e., technology, bullying, sexual promiscuity, STD’s, drug addiction, pornography, suicide, divorce and broken families, etc.).
  4. Demonstrate the application of learning and developmental theories in counseling children and adolescents.
  5. Examine community counseling resources and programs for counseling children and adolescents in the student’s local community in order to facilitate the most effective and comprehensive care for clients.
  6. Evaluate religious/spiritual influences and their implications on the family.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

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. Each forum will require the student to answer questions with a minimum of 400 words based on that particular module/week’s readings (Dr. Dobson’s works and/or the core text), as well as video/audio content. The student will be required to post at least 2 replies of 200 words each to other students’ threads.

Movie Review

The Movie Review assignment provides the opportunities to focus on a movie that relates to child and adolescent issues. The student must interact with the movie’s content in a way that aids understanding of the impact of movies on the counseling process, including a Review, the Therapeutic Implications, and the Personal/Professional Implications of the movie. The paper must be 3–4 pages and follow current APA formatting.

4-MAT Book Review

The 4-MAT Book Review system is a way of responding to readings that requires the learner to interact with new ideas on several levels, including a Summary, Concrete Responses, a Reflection, and Personal Application. The student will write an 850–1050-word 4-MAT Book Review in current APA format about either Bringing Up Girls or Bringing Up Boys.

Research Paper

Part 1: Topic

The student will choose 1 relevant social issue/topic today impacting families and their children/teens (e.g. cutting, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse, gang violence, sexuality, technology, ADHD, autism, abuse, gender identity, etc.) and will submit a 200-word rationale (with at least 3 cited sources) detailing why the issue/topic is relevant to family development.

Part 2: Outline

The student will submit an outline in current APA format for the paper and include at least 5 sources.

Part 3: Final Submission

The student will choose 1 relevant social issue/topic impacting today’s families and their children/teens (e.g., cutting, bullying, drug/alcohol abuse, gang violence, sexuality, technology, ADHD, autism, abuse, gender identity, etc.) and discuss the developmental, spiritual, physical, emotional, and behavioral implications on the child or adolescent and the influence on parenting. The paper must also include accurate biblical integration, empirically based treatment strategies, and a discussion on community resources to aid in family development. The paper must be 10 pages (not including Title Page and References) and follow current APA guidelines, with at least 10 references from current sources (half must come from research/journal articles).