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Children and War
Children in Extreme Circumstances
Crisis in Haiti
Family Therapy, Culture and the Ecology of Childhood
Psychology Field Study
Introduction to Abnormal Psychology|
This course is an introduction to human psychopathology. It describes the
basic issues and problems of people who experience behavioral and
psychological disorders. All major classes of mental disorders are reviewed,
with focus on the development of serious mental disorders. The course is
interdisciplinary: medical, psychological, social, cultural, political, and
other aspects of mental illness are considered. Students are taught ways to
formulate and analyze psychopathology, with the purpose of helping them
develop a fundamental understanding of mental disorder, intervention, and
download the syllabus "Syllabus170Spring2014.pdf"
This course is an introduction to development from early adolescence to
young adulthood. The course concentrates on adolescent psychosocial
development in the context of family, peers, school, and society. The
course also surveys biological, health, social, and cultural issues
associated with adolescence.
download the syllabus " Syllabus102win2012.pdf"
ANECA: Ayudando Niños en Centro
This service learning program trains upper
division social science students in work with at-risk children in poor and
developing nations. The program trains students about issues affecting at-risk
children in Central America. During a five-week period, students live with
host families in Puntarenas Costa Rica. They provide community service in
nearby El Roblé and Barranca, in a barrio school, orphanages, and albergues
(foster programs). Classes and seminars include instruction about Central
American street children, abandoned children, child labor, child prostitution,
youth substance abuse, child soldiers in Colombia, and local intervention
programs. The students receive training in child guidance, in community
assessment, service project development, and project implementation. Students
design projects that enhance child participation in home, school, and
This course is an advanced overview of child psychopathology, reviewing
childhood disorders that occur during childhood, the diagnosis of these
difficulties, and tactics for intervention. Taught from the perspective of
developmental psychopathology, emphasizing the use of empirical research and
download the syllabus "syllChPsychopathSpr2011.doc"
Children and War|
This multidisciplinary upper division course examines the conditions and
psychosocial experiences of war-affected children and families.Students review
research on war-affected children, observe films on war-affected children,
analyze the psychosocial status of children involved in current conflicts, and
write papers on psychosocial risks confronted by war-affected children.
Humanitarian and peace-building interventions are also reviewed.
download the syllabus "syllabus2014ChWarPSYC118.pdf"
Children in Extreme Circumstances|
This course is concerned with child survival in life-threatening contexts.
The course surveys research on the lives of street children,
institutionalized children, children whose parents have HIV/AIDS and other
life-threatening illness, orphaned and abandoned children, children living
in extreme poverty, war-affected children, and enslaved children.
Psychosocial processes of survival, adapting, and coping are examined.
download the syllabus "SectionsPSYC118b.pdf"
download the syllabus "CECsyllabus2014 revised.pdf"
Crisis in Haiti|
Haiti is one of the world's most vulnerable nations due to environmental
degradation, chronic disease, resource depletion, international
intervention and neglect, agricultural decline, weak infrastructure,
malnutrition, and poverty. This multidisciplinary seminar reviews the
ongoing crises in Haiti, most recently exemplified in the devastating
earthquake of January 2010. The seminar examines Haitian society and the
Haitian resilience in the midst of extraordinary challenge. The seminar
reviews recovery strategies in medicine, psychosocial protection,
humanitarian intervention, economic development, agriculture,
technology, education, governance, and human rights.
download the syllabus "syllCLN1CrisisinHaiti2012.pdf"
Introduction to Developmental Psychology|
This course is an introduction to human
psychological development from the prenatal period through adolescence. It
introduces basic issues in developmental psychology, child psychology, and
adolescence. Although the course concentrates on topics in psychology, it is
also concerned with biological, social, and cultural aspects of development. The
course investigates the diversity of development in different familial, social,
and cultural contexts. Current research and theory are emphasized.
download the syllabus " syllPSYC10 2013.pdf"
An Introduction to Family Therapy, Culture and the Ecology of Childhood|
A seminar on family therapy, using new perspectives on childhood, culture, and resilience.
download the syllabus "FamilyTherapyTrainingOutlineDayTwo.pdf"
download the syllabus "FamilyTherapyTrainingOutlineDayOne.pdf"
Seminar in Peace Psychology|
This senior seminar is a collaborative investigation into current research and
ideas in peace psychology. The seminar is intended to stimulate psychologically
informed thinking about how to prevent violence and build peace. The seminar is
based on a course on the Psychology of Peace and Violence taught at the UN's
University for Peace (Universidad para la Paz) in Latin America. The seminar
assumes that an understanding the "psychological roots and causes of human
aggression and violence is essential for the transformation of cultures of
violence into cultures of peace" (from the UN syllabus). Students research
psychosocial aspects of violence, conflict, and peace. Class meetings consist
of presentations on these topics. Discussions are facilitated by students
themselves, using presentations, guided inquiry and group problem-solving.
download the syllabus " SyllabusPeacePsychFall2013.pdf"
Psychology Field Study|
The UCSC psychology department's field study
program places students as interns in human service agencies throughout Santa
Cruz County. Students supervised by Tony Hoffman provide field service in
schools, mental health clinics, group homes, a suicide prevention service, the
juvenile court, a post-incarceration program, programs for adults with serious
mental illness, youth resource agencies, special education classes, and other
community service agencies. Students attend supervision meetings, keep field
notes, and work on research projects that assist the placement agencies.