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Advanced Certificate in Childhood Developmental Psychopathology

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  • Objectives
    The program teaches theory, research and applications related to the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of psychological disorders in childhood and adolescence, with an in-depth focus on those disorders most encountered in the education field. Special focus will be placed on the following designations: * Communication and learning disabilities. * Externalizing behaviour disorders, including ADD/ADHD (attention deficit with or without hyperactivity) and ODD/Conduct Disorders (oppositional defiance disorders). * Pervasive Developmental Disorders (special focus on Autism Spectrum Disorders).
  • Entry requirements
    Advanced Certificate in Childhood Developmental Psychopathology is designed for three target groups: * Professionals (teachers, therapists, health professionals) and paraprofessionals (student assistants) who want to augment their skills and learn more about the current research and applications in childhood developmental psychopathology. * Students who have completed a career program such as Early Childhood Care and Education, Community Support Worker, First Nations Family Support Worker or Community, Family and Child Studies. * Parents, students or other interested members in the community who want to learn more about this area for personal interest may take PSYC 261 and PSYC 262 as UT or AD electives (transfer credit pending).
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Certificate in Childhood Developmental Psychopathology
  • Course description
    Each course is based on the equivalent of 42 hours of instructional time. Courses are scheduled in late afternoons and evenings to accommodate interested students currently working in the field.

    Year 1
    Course     Credits

    PSYC 261     Childhood Disorders: Analysis     3.0
    PSYC 262     Childhood Disorders: Treatment     3.0
    PSYC 263*     Psychopathology Practicum     4.0
    Total Credits     10.0

    *For the field placement portion of the program, you will be expected
    to meet the School District or organization’s criteria, such as a TB test or a
    current criminal record check. You must ensure that all such requirements are met prior to the second semester of the program.

    Program Completion Requirements

        * You must achieve a GPA of 2.0 (C) or higher in PSYC 261, PSYC 262 and successfully complete PSYC 263 to be eligible for an Advanced Diploma in Childhood Developmental Psychopathology.
        * The program must be completed within two years.

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