Childhood and Adolescence Psychopathology

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Childhood and Adolescence Psychopathology

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Psychology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    PS 3008 Developmental Psychology: Childhood & Adolescence
    BI 1000 Introduction to Biology
    PS 3130 Biopsychology

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION: 
    Comprehensive and critical evaluation of theories and research on the etiology of different types of psychopathology in infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Applications of psychometric tests and assessment, and evidence-based treatment and prevention programs.

    RATIONALE: 
    This course is an in-depth study of the different conceptual models of developmental psychopathology. It provides the student with a comprehensive approach to the psychological disorders affecting infants, children and adolescents when the developmental process goes astray due to a complex interplay of constitutional, familial, and cultural factors.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    As a result of taking this course, the student should be able to:
    1.Demonstrate an in-depth understand and critically evaluate the classification and symptoms of different disorders occurring during infancy, childhood and adolescence.
    2.Compare without guidance the neurobiological, psychodynamic, behavioral, and sociocultural approaches to developmental psychopathology, with regard to their causes, dynamics, treatment and prevention.
    3.Analyse and synthesize with minimal guidance troublesome and at- risk behavior, in light of the developmental tasks and processes that characterize human growth.
    4.Communicate independently the main principles of the different therapeutic approaches to childhood and adolescence psychopathology (psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy, humanistic therapy, behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy, pharmacotherapy, and family therapy) and evaluate their relative effectiveness.
    5. Identify the ethical principles involved in the assessment and therapy of infants, children and adolescents.

    METHODS OF 
    TEACHING AND LEARNING: 
    In congruence with the teaching and learning strategy of the College, the following tools are used:
    - Classes consist of lectures, class discussions, video presentations, and demonstrations of the material presented
    - In class discussions of case studies and recent articles
    - Role play exercises and examples are employed to facilitate active learning
    - Individual or group presentation of a paper
    - Use of Blackboard site
    - Office hours