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 Instructor: Wesley Sanders & Justin Parent Meeting Time & Location: Tuesdays – Thursdays 9:00 - 12:45, Dewey 238 Office Hours: Dewey 310, Dewey 227 Office Hours: By appointment Email: Wesley.Sanders@uvm.edu jmparent@uvm.edu
Course Website / Contacting:
http://bb.uvm.edu/. Handouts, course announcements, Web links, and other important information will be posted on the website. You should familiarize yourself with the Psyc251 Blackboard page and check it frequently for important updates. We generally respond to emails within 24-48 hours. Please email us directly at the addresses above.
Course Overview and Objectives
This course is designed to give students an introduction to the etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of the major disorders of social and emotional development. Topics to be covered include DSM-5 diagnostic approaches, evidence-based interventions, and disorders such as anxiety, ADHD, autism, and learning disorders. By the end of this course, students will be able to identify common disorders, understand how these diagnoses would be made, and describe efficacious treatments
Course Goals
Develop a working knowledge of the common psychological disorders of childhood and adolescence.
Understand the factors that can affect the etiology and course of these disorders.
Understand how issues of diversity across gender, culture, and race relate to these disorders.
Critically respond to empirical journal articles on child and adolescent disorders.
Design individualized treatment plans
How to be successful in this course Attendance:
 Come to class and come to class on time. Attendance will not be taken however the information discussed in class will be directly related to questions on exams and writing assignments. Discussion questions and article summaries that are due each class cannot be made up if you are not present during class. If you must miss class for a religious holiday or school activity, please email me at the beginning of the semester. If some unforeseeable event comes up (illness, family emergency) please contact me as early as you are able and we will figure out a way to make up what you have missed.
 Clinical work is never a solo expedition; this class will give you the opportunity to try out new ideas and theories in a safe environment. Speak up! If this is something that is challenging for you, I am more than happy to discuss other ways to get you involved. Discussion
 What The Course Is About
Psychology 251: Disorders of Childhood University of Vermont
questions based on your readings for class are due prior to each class session (submission instructions below). This assignment is designed to give you material to discuss at some point during the class.
Professional Conduct
: I will begin and end class on time and expect the same of you. The use of phones and laptops during class is prohibited. Please be sure to turn off ringers before class  begins.
Code of Conduct
The rules that apply to students of the University of Vermont and of the College of Arts and Sciences in regard to cheating and plagiarism apply in the class as well (see in particular the UVM Code of Academic Integrity at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf). To review these rules in detail,  please consult your student handbook. See the following site for more information on and examples of what is and is not plagiarism: http://www.uvm.edu/~agri99/plagiarism.html.
Accommodations and Special Help
 Students with special needs affecting their (1) ability to participate fully in class, (2) meet all course requirements within the expected timeframes, or (3) require special examination accommodations should contact ACCESS (Accommodation, Consultation, Collaboration & Educational Support Services for Students) in A-170 Living Learning Center
656-7753) to obtain a letter of accommodation.
 Students should submit this letter by the end of the second  full week of classes
Required Textbook
The book required for this course is available through the University bookstore: Parritz, R. H., & Troy, M. F. (2011).
 Disorders of Childhood: Development and  Psychopathology
, 2
 Edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. Additional readings in the form of original research articles may be required at times throughout the semester. These will be made available to students well in advance on blackboard of any required reading dates
Class readings:
 Readings will be assigned for each class. There are two types of reading responses due during class. 1.
Please prepare two discussion questions that are relevant to the topic and post them to  blackboard by 7 am the morning before class. These questions must reflect thoughtful consideration of the readings, integrating themes and concepts across articles and book chapters, as opposed to detail-oriented questions. These are due prior to each class.
Course Assignments
For each week please complete one article summary form, included at the end of this syllabus, based on an article of your choosing from backboard (more details in class). The goal is to summarize each respective section but this is also a great opportunity for you to note any specific questions you have about the study content or methodology. A soft copy of this form will be sent via email. Email your completed article summary form to the instructors by Monday at noon of the following week. The lowest of the four article summary forms will be dropped.
 There will be a midterm and a final, each comprised of multiple choice questions and case studies.
 There will be a group presentation toward the end of the semester. The format of this presentation is up to your group. You will be given details about a hypothetical client, including their symptoms and background, and asked to create a case conceptualization and design an individualized treatment plan, as well as an outline for how you would study your  proposed treatment empirically. More information on this project will be provided as the course  progresses. Group members will report on how much each of their group members contributed to the project. A rubric will be provided for this feedback. Each group member is expected to  participate fully in the preparation for the project as well as the presentation.
Grades will be available on Blackboard and not posted anywhere in the building. Total course grade: 200 Points
Course Assignment Points Percentage Discussion Questions 40 20% Article Summary Form 30 15% Midterm 40 20% Final 50 25% Presentation 40 20% Grade % of Points Points A+ 97-100 193-200 A 93-96 185-192 A- 90-92 179-184 B+ 87-89 173-178 B 83-86 165-172 B- 80-82 159-164 C+ 77-79 153-158 C 73-76 145-152 C- 70-72 139-144 D+ 67-69 133-138 D 63-66 125-132 D- 60-62 120-124 F Below 60 0-119

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