Many families today have a family member—child or adult—with mental
health needs. Studies estimate that about 20 percent of children today
have some type of mental health need. Arcadia’s specialty in the area of
Child and Family Therapy recognizes the simultaneous mental health
needs of parents, families and children, and the impact of child on
family or family on child.
Counselors are needed who are trained specifically to treat children,
adolescents and their families. Courses focus on child and family
mental health, including psycho¬pathology and treatment strategies, as
well as adolescent, couples and family therapy.
1. Core Courses (45 credits)
- PY 500 Educational and Career Counseling, Mental Health Counseling
- PY 516 Human Development: Life Span
- PY 521 Research Design, Methods and Evaluation
- PY 570 Professional Issues in Counseling
- PY 572 Concepts of Mental Health and Mental Illness
- PY 574 Clinical Psychopharmacology
- PY 586 Theories and Techniques of Counseling
- PY 610 Group Counseling
- PY 620 Advanced Counseling Techniques
- PY 626 Assessment in Counseling
- PY 688 Cultural Bases of Counseling
- PY 630B Internship (6 credits, 300 hours)
- PY 631B Internship (6 credits, 300 hours)
2. Concentration and elective courses (15 credits)
- PY 611 Couples and Family Therapy
- PY 615 Child and Adolescent Counseling: Clinical and School Applications
- PY 621 Advanced Child and Adolescent Counseling
- Two electives approved by the administrators of the program.
3. PY 587 Practicum (non-credit)
A non-credit Practicum experience consisting of at least 100 hours of documented, supervised counseling experience in an approved setting is required before the student is permitted to enroll in internship.