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Essentials of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Author: Linda Wilmshurst, Ph.D., ABPP
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Course Created: 2014

Practice Level: Beginner to Intermediate

Book Required Duration: 7 hours
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Course Summary

Essentials of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology provides a brief but comprehensive overview of critical conceptual issues in child and adolescent psychopathology. It covers major theories, diagnoses, assessment and best treatment practices, ethical issues, and trends in the field. In addition, you will find coverage of the changes in the way the DSM-5 conceptualizes disorders in children and adolescents and a new chapter on child abuse, maltreatment, and self-injurious behavior. This Second Edition provides the same useful features as the previous edition—including Rapid Reference, Caution, and Don't Forget callout boxes—with a revised and up-to-date text.

Course Format

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the different presentations of ADHD in children
  • List the Specific Learning Disabilities mentioned in the DSM-5
  • Discuss the characteristics of substance abuse.
  • Explain the criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD in children
  • Describe how the DSM-5 addresses culture-related diagnostic issues

Course Syllabus

  • Introduction to child and adolescent psychopathology - development, theories, and influences
  • Issues in child and adolescent psychopathology - ethical issues in research and practice
  • Issues in clinical decision making - diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of childhood and adolescent disorders
  • Intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Anxiety disorders and obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
  • Disorders of mood
  • depression and bipolar disorder
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders
  • Disruptive behavior disorders
  • Feeding and eating disorders
  • Substance-related disorders
  • Trauma and stressor-related disorders
  • Children of diverse cultures


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