Adolescent Development (3 hours)
This 3-hour course by Dr. Phyllis Gardner, Ph.D. is designed to provide counselors with information about adolescent development and the special challenges associated with this time of life. It will review three critical issues that come up repeatedly in any discussion of human development, followed by a brief history of how children have been viewed and treated across the ages. It will also take a look at a few general ways that adolescent development issues impact substance abuse treatment.
By participating in this Distance Learning Course the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of adolescent physical development, including brain development, weight related issues and puberty.
- Demonstrate an understanding of adolescent cognitive development including cognition, memory and attention span, as well as moral reasoning.
- Demonstrate an understanding of social development, including peer relationships and adolescent sexual intimacy issues.
- Demonstrate an understanding of social development, including Erikson’s stages of psychosocial development and the tasks related to identity.
- Develop strategies for counseling adolescents with addictive disorders.
Dr. Phyllis Gardner, Ph.D., is a sociologist with over 25 years of experience in addiction counseling. A licensed chemical dependency counselor and clinical supervisor, Dr. Gardner teaches in the Social Sciences Division of Texarkana College, where she has been a professor for 12 years. Her research interests include the parenting practices of recovering individuals, child and adolescent development and the psychometric issues associated with test development.
Internet Format - Coursework that is available immediately via a downloadable PDF file (a popular online format that requires you to have the Adobe Reader program, or one similar, installed on your computer). Many websites already use this very user friendly file format, so chances are you already have a PDF reader installed on your computer. This format allows faster downloading, easier reading, and easier printing. All course materials will be included, as will the link to the post-test required for course completion. Access and downloading information will be immediately sent to the email address you provide at checkout. There is no additional charge for this format.
USB Flash Drive Format - Different computers, processors, ISP's, and software make it sometimes difficult or time-consuming to capture materials provided via the Internet. As a result, we've added the Flash Drive format to our list of options. With this format we will send you a Flash Drive by Priority Mail that can be used on any computer, laptop, tablet with a USB port. The drive will include a PDF copy of the course or courses ordered along with the test link needed to complete your course using our online test system. This option will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.
Hard Copy Format - Coursework that is delivered to you by Priority Mail in book form. All course materials will be included, as will the post-test required for course completion. For immediate results and faster certificate processing an email containing instructions on how to access your post-test online will be sent to the email address provided at checkout. Should you not want to submit the test yourself, a mail/fax form is also included that will allow you to mail or fax your test responses to us for processing. Hard copy courses will include additional per course costs for materials/shipping/handling.