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Adversity and Resilience

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) In Clinical Psychology Program

Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR)

What is CFAR?

The Concentration on Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) provides exceptional training in clinical child psychology. CFAR combines broad and general training in clinical psychology with emphases on normal child development, disorders of childhood and adolescence, family dynamics, and broader systems issues that influence the well-being of children and families. Students are specially trained to help those children and families who face multiple adversities and are in severe need.

How can a student participate in the CFAR program?

Two levels of involvement in CFAR are offered: Major Area of Study and Emphasis. Students who seek to participate in CFAR as a Major Area of Study are recommended to declare their interest at the time of application to the doctoral program. Students who seek to participate in CFAR as an Emphasis are recommended to declare their interest no later than the fall of their second year. Advanced Standing students should declare their interest no later than the fall of their first year.

Curriculum and Field Training

CFAR students begin their doctoral study with a fundamental grounding in clinical skills, including traditional assessment and psychotherapy, combined with strategies for supporting healthy family functioning, child wellness and positive youth development. Training in these fundamentals is supported by experiential learning in a variety of field sites. Students are offered additional supports in concentration-relevant Clinical Seminars and other classes that focus on the individual, the family, the community, and the broader society and culture.

In the later stages of training, CFAR students focus on underserved children and families who face multiple adversities, do not readily access existing systems of care, or do not benefit optimally from existing service models. These may be children coping with physical, developmental, learning or psychiatric disabilities; children who are exposed to various forms of family or community violence; children and families who face challenges arising from immigration or refugee status; families whose members are involved in child protection or the juvenile or criminal justice systems; and families facing substantial social, political or socioeconomic deprivation or disenfranchisement. Through classes and field placements, CFAR students acquire skills to identify risk factors, promote resiliencies from a strength-based perspective, support positive youth and family development, and utilize empirically-based and emerging "best practices" strategies. Clinical skills in assessment and intervention are supplemented by professional practice skills in multi-disciplinary collaboration, consultation, advocacy, and multi-systems analysis and intervention. CFAR maintains close linkage with other MSPP specialized programs, including the Freedman Center for Family Development and the West Roxbury Educational Complex Program.

In meeting the individual needs of students, we have arranged two levels of involvement in CFAR: Major Area of Study and Emphasis. The requirements for each of these are as follows:

Major Area of Study

Coursework: Required
*CLI PY521 – Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
*CLI LS659 – Lifespan Development
*CLI CS600/CLI CS605 – Clinical Seminar I: special CFAR-related section which includes focus on both broad/general and child clinical content.
CLI CX520 – Child Psychotherapy (waived if student participated in 1st year CFAR-related section of CS600/CS605)
CLI PY735 – Foundations of Adversity and Resilience in Children and Families
CLI MH732 – Child Mental Health Policy and Systems
CLI FX615 – Clinical Practice: Family and Systems Therapy
CLI CX630 – Clinical Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Disorders
Three additional electives from the list below:

Coursework: Recommended
*CLI PM600/CLI PM601 – Projective Methods section that includes content on assessment of children and adolescents, or
*CLI PA520 – Personality Assessment sections that include child work or PA520 with adult focus plus CLI PA725 – Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents.

Electives
CLI PY740 – Preventive Mental Health Programs for Children and Families
CLI PY621 – Advanced Seminar in Child and Adolescent Practice
CLI FX600 – Infant, Parent, Toddler Intervention
CLI PA700 – Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment
CLI PA725 – Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment for Children and Adolescents
CLI PA760 – Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment
CLI SN512 – Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs
CLI IA776 – Preschool Services: Assessment and Intervention
CLI TR530 – Trauma and Resilience: Family, Community, and Global Perspectives
Others as approved by CFAR Concentration Director

Fieldwork
Year 1 – primarily child/adolescent
Year 2 – primarily adult
Years 3 and 4 – no less than 50% child/adolescent/family across two years combined

Doctoral Project
The doctoral project needs to be done in an area related to the content of the CFAR concentration. Each doctoral project topic needs to be approved by the CFAR director.

Additional Requirements
All CFAR students in their first and second years are required to attend special meetings, largely didactic presentations and case presentations, scheduled once to twice per month.

All CFAR students in their third and fourth years are required to attend 10 hours of continuing education activities combined across both years, either at or outside of MSPP, that have CFAR-relevant content as determined by the Concentration Director.

Emphasis

Coursework: Required
*CLI PY521 – Psychopathology of Childhood and Adolescence
*CLI LS659 – Lifespan Development
CLI CX520 – Child Psychotherapy (waived if student participated in 1st year CFAR-related sections of CLI CS600/CLI CS605)
CLI PY735 – Foundations of Adversity and Resilience in Children and Families
CLI FX615 Clinical Practice: Family and Systems Therapy
CLI CX630 Clinical Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Children and Adolescents
Two additional electives from the list below

Coursework: Recommended
*CLI PM600/CLI PM601 Projective Methods section that includes content on assessment of children and adolescents, or
*CLI PA520 – Personality Assessment sections that include child work or CLI PA520 with adult focus plus CLI PA725 – Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment of Children and Adolescents.

Electives
CLI MH732 – Child Mental Health Policy and Systems
CLI PY740 – Preventive Mental Health Programs for Children and Families
CLI PY621 – Advanced Seminar in Child and Adolescent Practice
CLI FX600 – Infant, Parent, Toddler Intervention
CLI PA700 – Advanced Psychoeducational Assessment
CLI PA725 – Advanced Social-Emotional Assessment for Children and Adolescents
CLI PA760 – Bilingual and Culturally Competent Assessment
CLI SN512 – Educating Children and Adolescents with Special Needs
CLI IA776 – Preschool Services: Assessment and Intervention
CLI TR530 –Trauma and Resilience: Family, Community, and Global Perspectives
Others as approved by CFAR Concentration Director

Fieldwork
Years 3 and 4 – no less than 50% child/adolescent/family across two years combined

Doctoral Project
The doctoral project needs to be done in an area related to the content of the CFAR concentration. Each doctoral project topic needs to be approved by the CFAR director.

Additional Requirements
All CFAR students in their first and second years are required to attend special meetings, largely didactic presentations and case presentations, scheduled once to twice per month.

All CFAR students in their third and fourth years are required to attend 10 hours of continuing education activities combined across both years, either at or outside of MSPP, that have CFAR-relevant content as determined by the Concentration Director.

Faculty

Bruce Ecker, PhD, Director
Robin Deutsch, PhD
Robert Dingman, PhD
Margaret Hannah, MEd
Kenneth Hopkins, PsyD
Robert Kinscherff, PhD
Nadja Reilly, PhD
Gemima St. Louis, PhD

* These courses are required for all MSPP Clinical students
† These courses fulfill the departmental clinical practice course requirement.

Updated 3/31/14

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