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1) Read- Part 1 Chapter 1 in
Clinician’s Handbook of Child Behavior Assessment
Review Chapter 1-4 powerpoints under “Content”. Reflect on chapt. 4 only.
Skim this book- What looks most interesting tp you
2) Pick at least 2 from below-. Write a personal reflection; what do you think about it- in your own words.
Questions and Issues for Discussion:
One common dilemma faced by child psychologists is determining who the “client” is. Given that children are typically brought to treatment by their parents, how would you handle a child who confides in you some illicit behavior and asks you not to tell his or her parents?
Imagine if you were a parent of a child who requires some sort of psychological intervention. What forms of therapeutic intervention would they prefer that their child receive and what forms would they want their children to avoid? Why?
Given our growing awareness of the importance of cultural values and norms, how can we reconcile the parenting practices of parents from other cultures living in North America (e.g., using shame as discipline or alternative medical practices)?
The scientific basis of the DSM has been questioned by a significant number of researchers and clinicians. What are students’ impressions of the DSM?
The number of children being prescribed drugs to treat mental health problems is on the rise, despite the fact that controversy exists around whether drugs should be used with children. Have students research some of the issues relating to this issue. How do they feel about the use of psychopharmacological interventions with children? (Two possible articles that address, at least in part, some of the relevant issues are Okie, S. (February 23, 2000). Behavioral drug use sharply up in toddlers: Research lacking on effects, safety. Washington Post, p. A1, and Jensen et al. (1999). Psychoactive medication prescribing practices for U.S. children: Gaps between research and clinical practice. Journal of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 38, p. 557).
Classification of psychological disorders is a problematic task. Discuss some of the difficulties associated with classification and generate some suggestions as to how these problems may be overcome.
How can making cultural generalizations, both aide in providing more insightful and culturally competent therapy, and be limiting in capturing the diversity that exists within and across ethnic groups?
Is it ever appropriate to use a test with a child that has not been normed on their particular ethnic, racial or cultural group? What are the implications of testing or not testing the child?
Given that many children and families are treated in psychotherapy at community clinics, what might be some reasons that the literature had shown in the past that psychotherapy is less effective in this environment then in research therapy? Discuss the implications and impact this statement might have on families. What are the student’s thoughts on this issue now that current discussion in the field suggests that the jury is still out on this issue?
Discuss your, thoughts, feelings, concerns, and especially personal experiences/connections to the following:
Review all of the following-
4) Web links- Review all of these links. Tons of material here. Don’t freak-out! Focus on a few things you find relative to your life and/or particularly interesting to you within each link. I would save all this stuff for future classes and other personal use.
Skim around these 2 sites and focus on something relative to you or someone you know
Click on a disorder of personal relation. Do you know someone who meets the criteria?