Children in Healthcare – PSYC 450

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/11/2022

Course Description

This course will provide a foundational knowledge of the impact of medical illness/injury on the developmental and psychosocial well being of children, adolescents, and their families within health care. Students will gain an understanding of therapeutic interventions utilized to help reduce the negative impact of illness and increase the child/family's ability to cope. Core areas discussed include: psycho-education, therapeutic/supportive uses of play and expressive arts, death and dying, the health-care environment, family centered care, developmental stressors, and cultural and spiritual issues.

Note: Successful completion of Children in Healthcare will meet the child life course criteria outlined by the Child Life Council. Students interested in pursuing the Child Life Professional Certification Examination are responsible for meeting with the professor after the completion of the course to complete their verification form.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The Children in Healthcare course will provide further study of human development, family dynamics, and clinical interventions as they relate to pediatric medical illness and injury. This course provides aspiring pediatric healthcare providers foundational tenets to address the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and families.

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 the Course Overview.

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 200 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. All citations must be in current APA format.  (CLO A,B,C,D,E).

Site Visit Assignment

  1. Selection and Plan Assignment

The student will submit a 1-page plan that includes the location of his/her planned site visit as well as an approach to how he/she will complete the required 15 hours for the site visit. The assignment must be in current APA format. (CLO B).

NOTE: Most healthcare facilities require a background check and other time sensitive requirements before beginning volunteer hours. It is imperative that you identify a site as soon as possible to meet all requirements.

Students unable to complete the required hours may follow the alternative option. The student will submit a 1-page plan that identifies a psychosocial professional to interview in each of the following areas: well children and families, children and families under stress, and pediatric healthcare. The plan will also include an approach to complete each interview. The assignment must be in current APA format. (CLO B).

  1. Journal Assignments (3)

The student will complete 3 journals describing his/her experience and any clinical implications from course material observed at the site or discussed in the interview. Each journal must be a minimum of 500 words. All references must be cited in current APA format. (CLO A,B,C,D,E).

Healthcare Presentation Assignment

  1. Topic Selection Assignment

The student will submit a list of 3 topics, in order of interest, from the provided list of healthcare topics. The instructor will choose and approve a topic from the student’s list. (CLO B).

       2. References Assignment

The student will submit a reference page of at least 6 references in addition to the course textbook and Bible. Each reference must include a sentence describing the clinical implications related to the topic. The reference page must follow current APA format. (CLO A,B,C).

  1. Final Assignment

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation on a selected topic from a provided list dealing with children in healthcare. The presentation must contain 13–17 slides, not including an updated reference page. A minimum of 6 scholarly references in current APA format, in addition to the course textbook and Bible, must be included. (CLO A,B,C).

Quizzes (2)

Each quiz will cover the Learn/Textbook materials for the previous and assigned modules: weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes. Each quiz will contain 60 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions. The quizzes have a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each essay response should have a minimum of 250 words. (CLO A,B,C,D,E).