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Life Span Development [PSYC 212]


This course is designed to provide you with an overview of human growth and development across the lifespan, including normal and abnormal behavior and an understanding of developmental crises, disability, psychopathology, and situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior. It is designed to meet the requirements for the Board of Behavior Science’s stipulations for the Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. In this course, we will seek to provide an examination of social, cultural, Biological, learning, and cognitive developmental theories throughout an individual’s lifespan, as well as research methods in lifespan development. This course includes the application of theory and research in lifespan development to clinical situations with a specific emphasis on the utilization of evidence based practice. Because there are other courses students in the SJSU MS Clinical Program have taken that emphasize earlier phases of development, this course will supplement that knowledge while building on areas that are not as well developed in each student. There is a particular emphasis in this course on older adult issues and geropsychology.

Specifically, our course objectives are as follows: 1. To develop an overall understanding of human developmental processes, psychopathology, and associated biological, cultural and social influences on behavior 2. To develop critical thinking skills about theories of learning, personality, and identity development (class, sexuality, ethnicity) 3. To understand contemporary developments in socialization and the influences of families, peers, teachers, and others on development 4. To emphasize the context of cultural, historical, and environmental events across the life span 5. To identify the dynamics of ethnic, cultural, gender, sexual, age-based, class, regional, national, transnational, and global factors that shape the identities of individuals and developmental crises as well as situational and environmental factors that affect both normal and abnormal behavior 6. To recognize the interaction among multicultural and pluralistic trends affecting development, including characteristics and concerns between and within diverse groups nationally and internationally 7. Evaluate social science information, draw on different points of view, and formulate applications appropriate to contemporary social issues as they apply to developmental issues across the lifespan for both normal and psychopathological behaviors 8. To reiterate ethical and legal considerations around working with clients and surrounding research procedures and their and application to clinical populations 9. To develop a working knowledge of the application of the principles of evidence based practice of psychotherapy as it applies to populations across the developmental cycle.

Prerequisites for this course include eligibility for admission to the MS Clinical Psychology at SJSU, PSYC 210, and PSYC 258.

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