Child Life Minor

The minor in "Child Life" is designed specifically for healthcare, education or social service students, or for those who aim at having a career working with children. The growing presence of "Child Life" departments in hospitals has generated a demand for professionals with a "Child Life" background.

PreRequisite PSY 2050 Child Development 1: Prenatal through middle childhood

Required Courses

Credits

PSY 2060 Child Development 2: Middle Childhood through Adolescence

3

PSY 2620 Death Dying and Bereavement

3

PSY 3000 Basics of Social and Behavioral Research Methods

3

PSY 3280 Health Psychology

3

PSY 3800 Introduction to Child Life

3

PSY 3810 Theories of Play and Creative Arts Therapies

3

Credits

18

Suggested additional courses:

BIO 1100 Basic Human Biology

3

ETH 2880 Ethics and Healthcare

3

SOC 1520 Sociology of the Family

3

PreRequisite PSY 2050 Child Development 1: Prenatal through middle childhood
This course is designed to familiarize the students with the process of human psychological development from Early through Middle Childhood. The approach will include the physical, cognitive, intrapsychic, social and cultural influences on this stage of development. Students will become acquainted with the major theoretical approaches and their impact on perceptions of childhood. A thorough explanation and appreciation of both genetic and environmental influences on behavior will inform the presentations.

PSY 2060 Child Development 2: Middle Childhood through Adolescence
This course is intended to increase the student's understanding and awareness of development from Pre-Adolescence through Adolescence. The approach will include the physical, cognitive, intrapsychic, social and cultural influences on these developmental stages. It includes a thorough investigation of the major theoretical models of development with particular emphasis placed on the unique qualities of each phase. The complex issues surrounding the transition between stages will be addressed and serve to sharpen the distinctive nature of these developmental phases.

PSY 2620 Death Dying and Bereavement
A critical analysis of the physical, psychological and socio-cultural phenomena that influence life expectancy, causes of death, the dying process, bereavement and attitudes and beliefs about death and the afterlife. Disposal ceremonies and rituals as well as bereavement issues are studied across cultures. Student will become acquainted with issues of loss experiences, fear of death, understanding reactions to death, suicide, grieving throughout the life cycle and current practices and trends on the care and treatment of life-threatening illnesses.

PSY 3000 Basics of Social and Behavioral Research Methods
Introduction to research methods in the social/behavioral sciences. The course will cover reading and critiquing original research articles and methods of research design from sociology, criminal justice, psychology and child life studies. Qualitative and quantitative research designs- experiments, survey research, interviews/focus groups and evidence-based practice designs will be explored. Students will gain exposure through in class assignments and will conduct data analysis using SPSS and Excel.

PSY 3280 Health Psychology
The field of health psychology examines factors that aid in developing healthy lifestyles, recovering from illness and learning coping strategies to manage chronic conditions. More specifically, health psychology focuses on the promotion and maintenance of healthy behaviors, an understanding of psychosocial factors that impact physical health and influence of psychological well-being for management of chronic diseases.

PSY 3800 Introduction to Child Life
This course is designed to introduce students to the field of Child Life and to acquire the fundamental skills in helping children and families cope with the stress of a health care experience. Child Life programs strive to promote optimum development of children, adolescents and families, to maintain normal living patterns, and to minimize psychological trauma. The course will cover the six core required area as designated by the Child Life Council: Child Life Documents, Scope of Practice, Impact of Injury and Illness, Family Centered Care, Therapeutic Play, and Preparation.

PSY 3810 Theories of Play and Creative Arts Therapies
This survey course will provide a focus on the therapeutic aspects of play in infants, children, youth, adolescents, and adults. Additionally, basic foundations of each of the Creative Arts Therapies will be discussed and experienced through the context of therapeutic healing, including music, drama, dance/movement, art, and poetry therapy.

Suggested additional courses:

BIO 1100 Basic Human Biology
A basic treatment of structure and function of the human body based upon biological principles. Credit not allowed toward the major or minor sequence.

ETH 2880 Ethics and Healthcare
This course examines ethical theories, principles and applications to the field of medicine. The nature, rights and individual dignity of the human person and basic principles of moral philosophy will be discussed. Topics may include death and dying, euthanasia, physician-assisted suicide, abortion, allocation of scarce medical resources, truth telling in the doctor-patient relationship, the right to medical care, informed consent, human experimentation and other contemporary problems.

SOC 1520 Sociology of the Family
Cross-cultural analysis of the family as a basic social institution; the structure and functions of the various family systems; particular emphasis given to the American nuclear family.

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