I enjoyed the course. I found very informative and useful information and suggestions that will assist me in my teaching profession. Sonya has an effective and often humorous way of presenting her research. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
I enjoyed this course very much. I think it should be a prerequisite for all parents with children about to enter adolesence. Thank you!
I got some great information and plan to use all of it as I work with students, teachers, and parents this fall as a middle school counselor. This was my first on-line course and I would definitely take another one because it was a very good experience.
I have a young teenager at home. This course has been a tremendous help to me in learning to deal with her actions and reactions.
This course had lots of excellent information for parents and professionals who want a better understanding of pre-teens and teenagers. A lot of food for thought and very challenging!
This course helped to freshen up my knowledge on the subject of adolescent psychology. I found much of the information to be quite useful in dealing with my students at the junior high level as well as my 14-year-old daughter. Thanks.
This course was an excellent choice. The information was so interesting and useful, both professionally and personally. Thank you!
This was definitely one of the very most interesting and useful courses I have taken. It offers a tremendous amount of insight, especially for parents and others who teach/work with adolescents. In addition to providing information pertaining to all the important facets of adolescence, the instructor also ties this in with the impact of earlier life experiences, quality of parenting, family environment, etc. As a private educational tutor, I plan to utilize the understandings and knowledge I have gained to better meet the needs of my adolescent students.
This was my first online course...The convenience and flexibility of time was paramount in order for me to complete this course. I was able to juggle everything in a time sensitive manner...This course enabled me to achieve my objective. I needed to take a DESE of MA approved Adolescent Psychology course in order for me to meet the criteria for certification. This course was approved. I look forward to going to the DESE tomorrow with my Certificate of Completion. This class was informative. Thank you!
I took this course as an addition to my professional development requirement. I found it refreshing and very informative...This course has also allowed me to rethink my teaching style when interacting with my 6th, 7th and 8th grade students...The results were mind opening and life changing. I will look for this instructor again when I need to take another course. Thank you, Sonya!
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In your first lesson, you will be introduced to the term adolescent development and become familiar with some terminology. You will begin to learn about the three main stages of adolescence to help you become familiar with the tasks and milestones inherent in each stage. Then you will focus on some external changes, such as puberty, and the impact it can have on the adolescent, as well as how these changes can affect how you treat an adolescent.
In this lesson you will look at some of the internal changes kids experience during adolescence. You will learn about cognitive development, which is how someone thinks. Then you will take a close look at socialization, peers and peer groups, friends, intimacy, and social changes in your adolescent’s behavior.
One of the things that change most during adolescence is a child’s family relationships and how family members interact with each other. This lesson will take a look at some of those changes and the impact this may have on both the adolescent and the family. Then you will learn about emotional development and the significance this may have for adolescent development.
Explore how we think about ourselves, how our identity develops, what might influence our identity, and our self-concept. Then you will look at moral development and faith separate from religion. You will become familiar with the overall thought, ideas and processes that seem common to adolescent moral development.
In this lesson you are going to look at stress, anxiety, frustration, and defense mechanisms. You will explore how these things affect all of us and how some of this is demonstrated during adolescence. Then you will look at four separate things: nature versus nurture, temperament, personality, and resiliency. This lesson is mostly about how a better understanding of ourselves can help us to better understand others.
Review some of the adolescent needs that you have covered in prior to this lesson, then look at chronic illness, gay and lesbian youth and the issues these individuals may be faced with, and then learn about parenting the adolescent. For your final lesson, you will look at the abnormal part of adolescent development. You will be given a brief overview of disorders or conditions that are consistently viewed within the adolescent population.
Sonya Jodoin has been involved in social work and youth work for more than 25 years. She holds a diploma in Social Service Work; a degree in Social Development Systems (Social Policy); and numerous certifications in trauma assessment and treatment for children, youth, and adults; threat assessment for adolescents; risk assessment for adults; and compassion fatigue. She brings to the course both professional and personal experience in the field of adolescence, along with training in a multitude of treatment modalities, approaches, and therapies. She has worked on the front line in mental health settings with individuals and their families, primarily with teenagers. Ms. Jodoin has developed and implemented a specialized joint educational/mental health treatment program for children whose behavior has resulted in school expulsion, and was the creator of an evidence-based, specialized high-school youth program for adolescents struggling with trauma.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.