May 18th 2015

The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People (Coursera)

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The course will cover the basic guiding principles of the Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People and illustrate how theories of psychological development can be applied in understanding children and young people's mental health and well being within a wider societal and cultural context. We will also discuss current psychological models of prevention and treatment for Children and Young People.

This course will offer a broad introduction to the core models of psychological development and current debates in Applied Developmental Psychology and the practice of the Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

- Understand essential developmental processes and how they relate to child and adolescent mental health and well being

- Understand key mental health difficulties that affect children and young people

- Develop a critical reflection on the nature and perception of typical and atypical development and psychological difficulties

- Understand and to critically examine the cultural and societal context for child and adolescent development and developmental psychopathology.

Throughout the course we will invite you to reflect on how childhood is defined and perceived from a developmental and clinical psychology perspective. We want to examine the risks of pathologising the range of human experiences and in underestimating the active role that children play in shaping their development. A key perspective that we will adopt throughout the course is that of individual adaptation and an understanding of the psychological processes that allow individuals to respond to past events and circumstances as well as others around them in their physical, emotional and psychological development.

We will further look at current models of prevention and psychological intervention for Children and Young people who present with mental health difficulties and how these are implemented and evaluated within public and mental heath settings.