Abnormal Child Psychology

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4. Treating Children, Adolescents, & Families

Learning Objectives
Identify some common medications used to treat childhood disorders and the neurotransmitters they affect.

Differentiate the major systems of psychotherapy used to treat children, adolescents, and families.


Be familiar with the research literature on the efficacy and effectiveness of psychotherapy for children.


Apply the APA Ethical Principles to clinical situations involving children and families.

Note: The number before each objective shows its corresponding module in the text.


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APA Ethical Principles and Code of Conduct

All psychology students should be familiar with the APA Ethics Code. It is provided online through the American Psychological Association’s webpage. After accessing the Ethics Code, try to locate the section on the Ethical Principles.

Evidence-Based Behavioral Practice

The EBBP.org project creates training resources to help bridge the gap between behavioral health research and practice. Professionals from the major health disciplines are collaborating to learn, teach, and implement evidence-based behavioral practice. Although this site is chiefly designed for professionals, you might find it interesting.

Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents

Maintained by APA’s Division 53 (Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, this site was developed to educate the public and professionals about mental health treatments that have the strongest scientific support, and are most likely to work.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for people with mental disorders. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and combats stigma. This is an excellent site for people to learn what it is like to experience and cope with a mental illness.