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Applied developmental psychology

Study level: Graduate study programme in psychology
Lecturers: Nataša Jokić-Begić, Ph.D.,  Tanja Jurin, Ph.D.
ECTS: 4
Language: Croatian
Semester: winter or summer
Status: elective
Form of instruction with class hours: 15 hours of lectures, 15 hours of seminars, 15 hours of practical classes
Prerequisites: none
Student evaluation: Student grades will be based on their in-class activity assessment, their written reports and oral final
exam.

Course description

Application of knowledge of developmental psychology in research, prevention, treatment and resolution of actual social problems (for instance: problems and needs of children and adolescents, peer violence, drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, family problems, family abuse, divorce, unemployment, the care for old people) will be shown through presentation of psychological practice and institutions and through acquiring of some diagnostic and treatment procedures - for instance: developmental interview, genogram, introduction to group work, basic communication and counseling skills, techniques of designing and evaluation of psychosocial programs for optimal development, ways of dissemination of developmental knowledge to groups and individuals.

Course objectives

The aim is to develop sensibility for actual social problems and developmental difficulties, and understanding of their correlates, in order to become engaged in their resolving. Students will be familiarized with application of knowledge of human development in psychological practical work with children, adolescents and adults in context of institutions of education, health protection, social welfare and nongovernmental organizations. They will acquire some diagnostic procedures, treatment skills and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development.

Required readings

Ajduković, M. (1997). Grupni pristup u psihosocijalnom radu. Zagreb: DPP

Bašić, J. (2009). Teorije prevencije:prevencija poremećaja u ponašanju i rizičnih ponašanja djece i mladih. Zagreb: Školska knjiga.

Pregrad, J., ur. (1996). Stres, trauma, oporavak. Zagreb: DPP.

 

Recommended readings

*By choosing readings students have to cover at least three relevant areas of applied developmental
psychology.

Napan, K. (1994). Kako djelotvorno raditi s ljudima. Zagreb: Alinea.

Janković, J. (1997). Savjetovanje - nedirektivni pristup. Zagreb: Alinea.

Janković, J. (1994). Sukob ili suradnja. Zagreb: Alinea.

Ajduković, M. i Pečnik, N. (1993). Nenasilno rješavanje sukoba. Zagreb: Alinea.

Olweus, D. (2004). Nasilje među djecom u školi: što znamo i što možemo učiniti. Zagreb: Školska knjiga.

Ajduković, M. i Pavleković, G. (2000). Nasilje nad ženom u obitelji. Zagreb: DPP.

Gordon, T. (1996). Škola roditeljske djelotvornosti (PET). Zagreb: Poduzetništvo Jakić d.o.o.

Jull J. (1996). Vaše kompetentno dijete. Zagreb: Educa

Katz, L.G. i D.E. McClellan (2003). Poticanje razvoja dječje socijalne kompetencije. Zagreb: Educa.

Ayalon, O. i M. Lahad (1995). Spasimo djecu i BASIC-Ph. Zagreb: Školska knjiga.

Lugomer-Armano, G., Kamenov, Ž. i Ljubotina D. (ur.) (2002). Problemi i potrebe mladih u Hrvatskoj – izvještaj s XI. ljetne psihologijske škole (Brna, Korčula, 2001), Zagreb, 2002

Bičanić, J. (2004). Vježbanje životnih vještina. Zagreb: Alinea.

Articles from journal Applied Developmental Psychology and croatian journals