Clinical Practice with Adolescents in Social Context

SSW CP 801

This course builds on knowledge and skills for clinical practice with adolescents, but specifically addresses psychosocial issues with economically disadvantaged and troubled urban adolescents. Theoretical material is drawn from a strengths perspective, and the perspectives of ecological-life cycle, psychodynamic, and risk-resiliency. Empathy is viewed as a fundamental integrative construct. Particular attention is paid to social context and to concepts of sexuality, individuation, differentiation, identity foreclosure, moratorium, developmental domains, and the formulation of a social identity. Methods are demonstrated for collaborating with adolescents in setting goals and choosing interventions. Methods to facilitate change include therapeutic relational work (individual and group), case management, and adolescent involvement in self-efficacy skill enhancement programs.

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