Developmental Considerations In Therapy

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  1. Understand realms of typical development and the complex interplay between them throughout development. 

  2. Gain Familiarity with the characteristics of the three broad developmental periods and their sub-phases: Childhood, Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood

  3. Identify specific developmental tasks for each phase of development and the unique risks and vulnerabilities inherent therein

  4. Understand how developmental risk and protective factors from each phase impact vulnerability and resilience which informs how adults show up in life and therapy

  5. Integrate developmental information in case conceptualization and treatment planning

Learning Objectives

Day One Childhood: Birth to 11 years old (give or take a few)

8:30 - 9:00 Introduction: Types of Development 

9:00 -11:00 Early Childhood: Birth – 5 years old - First 60 months on the Planet

11:00-12:00 Developmental Considerations in Therapy: Seeing the child in the Adolescent/Adult

  • Role/Real play - Small group breakout experiential

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 Middle childhood: 5/6 – 10/11 years old – School Age

3:00 – 4:00 Developmental Considerations in Therapy

  • Role/Real play - Small group breakout experiential

4:00-4:30 Questions, Cases, Considerations

 

Day Two: Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood: 11 to 27 (ish) years old

8:30-10:00 Early Adolescence: 11- 14/15 years – Toddlers in Bigger Bodies 

10:00-10:30 Role/Real play

10:30-12:00 Late Adolescence: 15 - 19/21 years

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00-1:30 Developmental Considerations in Therapy

  • Role/Real play - Adolescent gifts and vulnerabilities in older clients 

1:30 – 3:00 Emerging Adulthood: 19/20-27 (or so) – AKA: Extended adolescence/early adulthood

3:00 – 4:00 Developmental Considerations in Therapy

  • Role/real play Small group experiential

4:00-4:30 Questions, Cases, Considerations