PSYED 2530 - APPLIED DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (ADP): PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY AND LEADERSHIP
The purpose of this course is to introduce the field of applied developmental psychology (ADP). This course focuses on helping students to develop a professional identity, ethical reasoning skills, and leadership skills that align with ADP. Students will gain knowledge of the overall field, reading an advanced textbook and related literature, while getting to know how developmental thinking is being applied in our local community of practice. Attention will focus on the relations and partnerships that are necessary for the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that effectively support the positive biopsychosocial & spiritual development of children and youth in contexts of their families, schools and communities. The course introduces students to local experts who apply developmental thinking in different systems of practice, including education, juvenile justice, child welfare, and behavioral health. In this process, students will frame their own professional development, considering their goals in relation to needed competencies and opportunities in the field, and think critically about ethical principles and their applications.