Course Catalog: Child Life and Family Studies Courses
The degree requirements outlined in this catalog are intended to be used for students entering Wheelock in the 2016-2017 academic year.
Practicum and Seminar in Human Services
A 150-hour supervised practicum in a human services organization and a bi-weekly seminar. Undertake responsibilities suited to site’s priorities and needs and students’ knowledge, skills, and learning goals. Explore organizational dynamics, community contexts, re-sources, and direct service goals. Open to students with junior or senior status who are completing Human Services minor program. Prerequisite: Completion of WLCE, CFS 340 and GPA of 2.0.
Practicum and Seminar I: Family Studies
A 150-hour supervised practicum in urban or suburban settings serving children and families, ranging from early childhood home visiting, school, health or social service, center-based consultations or workshops, to program development and public policy. Collaborate as interdisciplinary team member. Participate in monthly individual and group supervision and seminar. Offered: fall and spring. (Open only to students enrolled in the Certificate in Family and Parenting Services.)
Helping Children with Grief and Loss
Explores developmental understandings of death and how children cope with grief and loss. Prepares students to help children with life-threatening conditions and to facilitate the bereavement needs of children who experience the death of a sibling, parent, relative, or friend. Prerequisite: HDP 120-123 or HDP 130-131.
Introduction to Human Services
Critically examines relationships between U.S. public policies and human services across the lifespan in health, mental health, education and social welfare. Identifies occupations and practitioners’ roles, responsibilities and challenges. Explores partnerships that build upon clients’ strengths. Opportunities to advocate for social change. Course is open to juniors and seniors only. Prerequisite: HDP 120-123 of HDP 130-131.
Assessment of Development in B-3
Examines procedures for formal and informal assessment of physical, cognitive and language development in children ages birth to 3. Critical issues in early developmental assessment are identified and addressed. Prerequisite: A course in infant and toddler behavior and development.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Provides an introduction to psychopathology, DSM IV assessment, differential diagnosis and clinical work with children and adolescents.
Perspectives on Parenting
Examines topics including parenthood, adult development and caregiving, child-rearing practices, challenges for children and their parents, parents’ involvement in their child’s learning and the dynamics of family life. Parenting education materials and family support services explored.
Examines theories about loss and bereavement and individual responses to various types of losses. Prepares students to provide bereavement interventions for individuals and groups.
Contemporary Issues in Child and Family Studies
Introduction to contemporary and controversial issues related to the lives of children and families, using the ecological approach as a framework. Interdisciplinary faculty guest speakers select specific issues for analysis and discussion.
Helping Children Cope with Stress
Children’s coping skills, styles, and social support can buffer effects of stressors. Explores concepts of resiliency, risk, and vulnerability within a developmental framework. Stressors range from transitions such as starting kindergarten, to threats of loss through divorce, illness, or death, and contending with systematic barriers such as discrimination or poverty.
Cross Cultural Perspectives on Grief
Examines cultural/global responses to illness and death including beliefs about death, religious rituals, and care of the bereaved in the community. Fulfills core requirement in multiculturalism.
Working with Parents
Examines principles for organizing individual and group parenting education that builds on parental knowledge and responds to pa-rental needs. Examines supportive, therapeutic, and educational models, materials and resources. Develops communication skills and leadership capacities to work with parents in school, healthcare, family support and home settings.