It has been said that children are not simply adults in small bodies. Perhaps no one knows this better than those parents and counselors who fill their everyday helping kids. In order to be the most effective helper of children, the counselor needs to have a firm grasp on the different stages of mental, emotional, and physiological development that children experience as they move from infants to adolescents. In addition, children face unique stressors and challenges that adults may not immediately recognize or understand. In this course, students will be introduced to these stages of development and challenging issues facing modern children and adolescents. The student will gain the awareness and skills to more effectively prepare young people for the mental, emotional, social, and physiological challenges that they will face as they grow into healthy adults.
Module 1 – Foundations for Healthy Relationships with Kids
Module 2 – Being a Blessing to Your Kids
Module 3 – Anger, Aggression, and Dysfunction
Module 4 – Proactively Addressing Adolescent Challenges
Module 5 – Learning to Think Like Kids