Child and Adolescent Specialization
Counseling@Northwestern students have the option to specialize in child and teen counseling. This specialization provides students training in therapeutic work as they grow their expertise in child counseling. Students who declare this specialization are also fully trained to work with adults. For students in the Standard Program, courses for the Child and Adolescent specialization begin in the second quarter of a student’s first year in the program. For students in the Bridge Program, these courses begin in the third quarter.
Students in the Child and Adolescent specialization must complete a total of two specialized courses in assessment, development, and therapy, as well as a fieldwork experience related to the area of professional interest. Credit hours for this focus area are the same for those who do not choose to specialize. Students who are interested in learning more about child and family counseling but do not want to declare the full specialization can work with an adviser to enroll in one or two courses in this area.
Required Courses for Child and Adolescent Specialization
Students who choose to pursue the Child and Adolescent specialization must enroll in the following two courses, which are included in the 24 required credits for the program:
- COUN 413-6: Human Growth & Development (Child & Adolescent Focus)
Provides an understanding of the nature and needs of persons at all developmental levels in a multicultural context, as well as implications for assessment and preventive and/or supportive intervention strategies. This course has an additional specific focus on child and adolescent development.
- COUN 436-6: Child and Adolescent Counseling and Psychotherapy
Examination of central issues in child and teen counseling and psychotherapy, including psychoanalytic, play, cognitive-behavioral, and behavioral treatment approaches. Emphasis on the high-frequency problems for which children and adolescents enter therapy.
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