Adolescent Life Cycle

Adolescent Life Cycle


Fall 2011
08/22/2011 - 12/11/2011

Course Information

Section 001
TTh 10:30 - 11:50
RGC1 105
Rick Thompson

Office Hours

  • M T W Th
    8:00 - 9:00
    Rm 3342 Rio Grande
  • T Th
    10:00 - 10:30

Course Requirements

This course will be a combination of lecture, videos, discussion, group activities, guest speakers and field trips.  The reading assignments are noted on the course outline and for full class participation, it is essential that you have the assignments completed before class.  This is both a clinical and a theory class, which highlights adolescent development from "normal" lifecycle development, and abnormal behavior.  The material covered will include adolescent personality, deliquency, mood, anxiety, substance and eating disorders.  We will focus upon child rearing, educatioal and therapy issues for adolescents.  Psycnoactive medication will be discussed in the context of overall treatment strategies that have been developed.  The goal is tro raise the awareness of the learners concerning this very interesting developmental stage, where identity formation is profoundly important as it becomes the gateway to adulthood.

We will have two essay exams and a final project.  Attendance in all of the classes is a requirement, and discussion in the large group and small group discussions are essent


Treating the Tough Adolescent

Adolescent and character Disturbance

many readings from my collection

Course Subjects

Developmental Issues such as biological, social and cognitive.  We will discuss moral development, and mental disorders, and the treatment for them.  Issues such as adolescent homicide, suicide, and antisocial behavior will be discussed as well.

Student Learning Outcomes/Learning Objectives

Identify the historical elements of adolescence and young adulthood.

Demonstrate an understanding of curent strategies for helping adolescent and young adults.

Become familiar with local social service agencies that specialize in treatment of adolescence.

Demonstate an understanding of this complex stage of development.