Our world needs Christ-centered influencers and psychologists. The child and adolescent services concentration prepares you to apply unchanging biblical truths through creative, strengths-based assessment, intervention and ministry services that support the holistic development and flourishing of children, adolescents and families in a variety of healthcare, education and ministry environments.
Qualities for Career Success
Cornerstone University's academic programs reflect our commitment to develop your knowledge, skills and attitudes in five distinct yet interconnected areas: specialized knowledge, applied knowledge and collaborative learning, intellectual skills, civic and global learning and biblical worldview integration.
This means that successful completion of our Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree program equips you to:
- Demonstrate knowledge of and proficiency in the terminology, theories, concepts, practices and skills specific to the field of psychology.
- Articulate the historical progression to the present of psychology as a scholarly discipline and an applied practice.
- Identify the major concepts and theories in psychology in the developmental, social, physiological and cognitive areas, with a particular emphasis on theories and development from conception through adolescence and on positive psychology.
- Describe the professional practices, techniques, communication and ethical standards of the profession.
- Explain the centrality of play, creativity, artistic expression, music, story and nature-based experiences to the health and wellness of children, adolescents and families.
- Articulate the reciprocal developmental influence of contexts such as family, school, church, community and society on a child's and adolescent's development and mental health status.
- Describe and frames child and adolescent services and intervention work using positive psychology concepts such as risk, resilience, positive youth development, strengths and thriving.
- Exhibit competency in applying your knowledge to address real-life problems through both individual and group effort.
- Conduct professional, scientific research, including design, data collection, data analysis and dissemination of results.
- Identify differences between adaptive and maladaptive behavior, including assessment instruments and diagnostic systems such as the DSM and observational assessment methods.
- Demonstrate basic skills involved in major approaches to psychological evaluation and treatment with an emphasis on the creative/expressive therapies such as art-, play-, music- and story-based therapies.
- Conduct basic case assessments, including developmental case histories, observational assessment and basic interviewing techniques.
- Articulate the significance of your own personal developmental experience by applying psychological theories and concepts to frame understanding of God's work in one's own life story.
- Demonstrate your ability to integrate both traditional and non-traditional cognitive skills, including analytical inquiry, information literacy, quantitative fluency and communicative fluency.
- Demonstrate intercultural competence in addressing civic, social, environmental and economic issues.
- Articulate a Christ-centered worldview and its personal, professional and communal embodiment through Christian virtues.