Working with Children and Adolescents in Community Settings (Concentration)

Through this concentration, Assumption prepares students to become practitioners that promote healthy social and emotional development and academic achievement while working with children and adolescents in schools, agencies, clinics and community settings.

This concentration is dedicated to educating students in the theories and approaches identified as best practices and skill areas needed to work with children and adolescents in schools, agencies, clinics and community settings. The concentration prepares students to become practitioners that promote healthy social and emotional development and academic achievement through prevention and intervention strategies and programs grounded in ecological systems and social justice frameworks. Examples of such practitioners include, but are not limited to, early intervention specialists, paraprofessionals in school settings, case managers for youth, and youth workers in both residential and academic settings.

In addition to preparing students to become practitioners that promote healthy social and emotional development and academic achievement while working with children and adolescents in schools, agencies, clinics and community settings, the concentration also provides a strong foundation for those students hoping to go on to graduate school to pursue careers that focus on youth and family work such as counseling, social work, and education.

The concentration focuses specifically on understanding how practitioners can support and strengthen youth’s support systems and protective factors while minimizing the impact of risk factors. The program combines the practices of prevention, interventions, and system building to ensure that children and adolescents experience opportunities to practice strategies that promote their personal growth, academic success, social inclusion, etc.

The concentration allows students an opportunity to further specialize their knowledge and skill base to develop and implement effective interventions when working with youth. Furthermore, this concentration affords students in all majors the opportunity to complete the specific coursework targeted at developing the knowledge and skills necessary for effective intervention with children and adolescents.

Students interested in this concentration may choose to pursue graduate degrees in a number of areas such as Special Education, School Counseling, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Child Life Specialist, Rehabilitation Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Social Work, etc. Students in a variety of majors at Assumption University may wish to pursue this concentration based on their vocational and/or avocational aspirations.

Program Contact

Christian (Scannell) Williams, Ph.D., LMHC

Assistant Professor of Human Services
508-767-7219 Switzer Building - Room 101

Program Curriculum

  • Required Courses:

    HRS 121 Human Development and Disability Across the Lifespan (Fall/Spring)
    HRS 241 Prevention and Intervention: Models and Approaches with Youth (Fall)
    HRS 321 Social Skill Development Strategies for Youth (Spring)
    HRS 330 Interviewing Techniques in Human and Rehabilitation Services (Fall)
    HRS 420 Family Aspects of Disability (Spring)
    HRS 421 Loss and Bereavement Across the Lifespan (Consult department chair)
    HRS 430 Children and Adolescents Capstone Seminar

    Recommended optional electives:

    CRM 243 Juvenile Delinquency (Spring)
    CRM 335 Family Violence (Fall)
    CRM 485 Internship Seminar I (Fall)
    HRS 331 Basic Concepts and Principles in Applied Behavior Analysis (Spring)
    HRS 400 Field Experience in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies (Fall/Spring)
    PSY 301 Internship in Psychology (Spring)
    PSY 392 Raising Happy and Successful Children (Spring)


    Course descriptions:


Carl Robert Keyes, Ph.D
Department Chair, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Professor of History Department Chair, History Department Chair, Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies Pre-Law Advisor
Alison J. Myette, MS, CCC-SLP
Concentration Coordinator Associate Professor of Practice, Human Services

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American Red Cross

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Catholic Social Services

Cascade Disability Management

Department of Youth Services

Devereux School

Genesis Club

Jewish Family Services

Jewish Health Care

Massachusetts Department of Social Services

Mercy Centre for Developmental Disabilities

New England Center for Children (NECC)

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