SW 598 Behavioral Disorders of Childhood

Dr. Elizabeth Caprio

This course provides a general introduction to the assessment and treatment of behavior problems of childhood and adolescence. The course will review classification and etiology of major mental health disorders within the contexts of normal and abnormal mental and emotional development of children and adolescents, and family, peer group, school, and community. The ethical considerations related to the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with behavior disorders will be examined. The impact of trauma, family factors, culture and oppression on the development, naming, and treatment of behavior disorders will be highlighted. Strategies employed to treat children, adolescents and their families will also be addressed.