Behavior Clinical Practicum III: Care of the Child and Adolescent and Family

This practicum is designed to synthesize advanced practice knowledge relevant to children and adolescents and their families with psychiatric illness. Treatment models and evidence-based research findings related to the primary, secondary and tertiary care through the childhood life span will be considered in the clinical settings. Acute and chronic mental health changes will be evaluated relative to growth and development, neurodevelopmental disorders, psychotic, mood and anxiety problems, elimination, feeding and eating problems, sleep, gender, disruptive problem, addictions, psychological trauma, and co‐occurring medical issues. Endocrine, metabolic, and toxic states are explored in the formulation of differential diagnosis and implications for advanced practice. Clinical practicums will focus on the incorporation of advanced skills related to conducting psychiatric evaluations; determining differential diagnoses; developing clinical case formulations and treatment plans; delivering evidence-based supportive, brief, and short‐term individual, group and family psychotherapy; identifying and evaluating psychopharmacological agents; and implementing outcome measures with children and adolescents and their families. Legal and ethical issues related to treatment will be applied in the clinical settings. Clinical supervision is a component of this course and requires a minimum of 2 hour per week. This course has intensive supervision with instructor and student on a 1:1 bases to review therapeutic modalities in the clinical setting on a weekly bases. This intensive supervision is required in psychiatric and mental health practicums due to the vulnerability of the population.