Counseling Adolescents and Their Families – HSMF 620

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

Course Description

This course examines the transitions of adolescence emphasizing family, social, spiritual/moral, and physical issues. Counseling theories and practices for working with adolescents are explored. Opportunities for application of theory are provided.




The purpose of this course is to help the student develop an awareness of theories about adolescence and ways in which individual and family counseling can be helpful during the developmental process.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate the characteristics and function of adolescence within American culture.
  2. Identify and analyze unique aspects of adolescence as a life stage as compared to other life stages.
  3. Identify the implications for counseling when working with adolescents.
  4. Identify and analyze the role of family dynamics in adolescent development.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings

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 the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words. Each thread must also be supported with at least 3 peer-reviewed, scholarly sources cited in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 200 words. Each reply must be supported with at least 1 peer-reviewed, scholarly source cited in current APA format.

Analysis Papers (2)

Each student is required to complete 2 separate analysis papers on the selected topics. Each paper must be 3–5 pages and must be supported by at least 3 scholarly sources in current APA format.

Integrative Final Project

Each student will complete a final project of at least 10 pages that will integrate all knowledge gained from the course. The project will be based upon 1 of the given topics located within the course. Each student must use a minimum of 10 peer-reviewed journal articles and adhere to current APA format.