Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR) Concentration

An important component of the CFAR program for students in the Department of School Psychology will include working in settings where they are dealing with more complicated family needs and/or challenging environmental conditions, such as: low SES, substance abuse, severe disabilities, incarcerated parents, chronic medical and/or mental illness, immigration issues, and poor access to services.

Enrollment Process

The CFAR concentration is available in the School Psychology Department as either a Major Area of Study or an Area of Emphasis, depending on the student’s program and level of interest. MA/CAGS/PsyD students have the option of pursuing CFAR as either a Major Area of Study or an Area of Emphasis and are recommended to declare their interest by the beginning of Year 2. PsyD students who are admitted with advanced standing may complete CFAR as an Area of Emphasis only and should declare their interest in Year 1. MA/CAGS students may participate in CFAR as an Area of Emphasis and can declare their interest in Year 1 or 2.

Major Area of Study for MA-CAGS-PsyD students
For MA/CAGS/PsyD students in School Psychology
Required School PsyD clinical practice courses (taken in Year 3 or higher)
SCH SB523 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Schools (credits: 2) 
SCH FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 3) 

Required CFAR courses 
CLI PY750 - Foundations: Adversity and Resilience in Youth and Families (credits: 2) 
Trauma course (for example: Trauma, family, community and global perspectives) (credits: 2)

One of the following courses
CX700 - Brief Counseling (credits: 2)
CLI PY621 - Advanced Seminar: Childhood and Adolescence Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 

Two of the following CFAR elective courses
SCH AC600 - Mental Health Disparities: Multicultural & Global Perspectives (credits: 2) 
SCH AC620 - Introduction to African & Caribbean Mental Health (credits: 2) 
SCH AC700 - Cultural Foundations: The Experiences of African and Caribbean Groups in the U.S. (credits: 2) 
CLI MH512 - Forensic Psychology I: Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
SCH AC810 - Assessment & Treatment of Individuals of African and Caribbean Heritage (credits: 2) 
SCH FP727 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services III (credits: 2) 
SCH FP728 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services IV (credits: 2) 
SCH GT520 - Gender Theory (credits: 2) 
CLI PY621 - Advanced Seminar: Childhood and Adolescence Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
PA777 - ADOS Training for Autism Assessment
SCH SB631 - Eating Disorders (credits: 3) 
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2) 
SCH CC549 - Introduction Latino Culture (credits: 1) 
SCH CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 
SCH CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 
CLI CS790 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population I (credits: 1) 
CLI CS791 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population II (credits: 1) 
SCH CC564 - Haiti Service Learning & Cultural Immersion Experience (credits: 1) 
Please note: Doctoral students in the department of School Psychology completing CFAR as a Major Area of Study will graduate with 128 credits. 

Field Placement

  • Year 1 and 2: one year in a high needs school district
  • Year 3: at least 50% of CAGS internship with a population with significant adversity
  • Advanced Assessment Practicum: Brenner Center, relevant cases assigned where possible
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum: no additional requirements
  • At least 50% of doctoral internship with children and families, and at least 25% of those children and families should be a population with significant adversity

Doctoral Project

Doctoral level School Psychology students who are completing a Major Area of Study in the CFAR concentration will be required to complete a doctoral project in an area related to the content of the CFAR concentration (children and families with more complicated family needs and/or challenging environmental conditions).

CAGS Internship Portfolio

Personal Statement to include CFAR as an area of interest.

Additional Requirement

CFAR Major Area of Study students in their first and second years are expected to attend special meetings, largely didactic presentations and case presentations, scheduled once to twice per month. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances.
Area of Emphasis for MA-CAGS-PsyD students
For MA/CAGS/PsyD students in School Psychology
Required School PsyD clinical practice courses (taken in Year 3 or higher)
SCH SB523 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Schools (credits: 2) 
SCH FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 3) 

Required CFAR course 
CLI PY750 - Foundations: Adversity and Resilience in Youth and Families (credits: 2)  

Two of the following CFAR elective courses
SCH AC600 - Mental Health Disparities: Multicultural & Global Perspectives (credits: 2) 
SCH AC620 - Introduction to African & Caribbean Mental Health (credits: 2) 
SCH AC700 - Cultural Foundations: The Experiences of African and Caribbean Groups in the U.S. (credits: 2) 
CLI MH512 - Forensic Psychology I: Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
SCH AC810 - Assessment & Treatment of Individuals of African and Caribbean Heritage (credits: 2) 
SCH FP727 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services III (credits: 2) 
SCH FP728 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services IV (credits: 2) 
SCH GT520 - Gender Theory (credits: 2) 
CLI PY621 - Advanced Seminar: Childhood and Adolescence Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
PA777 - ADOS Training for Autism Assessment
SCH SB631 - Eating Disorders (credits: 3) 
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2) 
SCH CC549 - Introduction Latino Culture (credits: 1) 
SCH CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 
SCH CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 
CLI CS790 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population I (credits: 1) 
CLI CS791 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population II (credits: 1) 
SCH CC564 - Haiti Service Learning & Cultural Immersion Experience (credits: 1) 
Please note: Doctoral students in the department of School Psychology completing CFAR as an Area of Emphasis will graduate with 124 credits. 

Field Placement

  • Year 1 and 2: one year in an under-served school district
  • Year 3: 50% of CAGS internship with a population with significant adversity
  • Advanced Assessment Practicum: Brenner Center, relevant cases assigned where possible
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum: no additional requirements
  • 50% of internship with children and families, and 25% of those children and families should be a population with significant adversity

CAGS Internship Portfolio

Personal Statement to include CFAR as an area of interest.

Additional Requirement

School Psychology students with an Area of Emphasis in CFAR are expected to attend monthly didactic presentations and case conferences in their first and second years. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances.
Area of Emphasis for Advanced Standing PsyD students
For Advanced Standing PsyD students in School Psychology
Required School PsyD clinical practice courses (taken in Year 1-3 or higher)
SCH SB523 - Addressing Substance Abuse in Schools (credits: 2) 
SCH FX630 - Collaborative Therapy with Multi-Stressed Families (credits: 3) 

Required CFAR course 
CLI PY750 - Foundations: Adversity and Resilience in Youth and Families (credits: 2)  

Two of the following CFAR elective courses
SCH AC600 - Mental Health Disparities: Multicultural & Global Perspectives (credits: 2) 
SCH AC620 - Introduction to African & Caribbean Mental Health (credits: 2) 
SCH AC700 - Cultural Foundations: The Experiences of African and Caribbean Groups in the U.S. (credits: 2) 
CLI MH512 - Forensic Psychology I: Children and Families (credits: 2) 
CLI MV515 - Military Families and the Cycle of Deployment (credits: 1) 
SCH AC810 - Assessment & Treatment of Individuals of African and Caribbean Heritage (credits: 2) 
SCH FP727 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services III (credits: 2) 
SCH FP728 - Doctoral Practicum in Clinical Services IV (credits: 2) 
SCH GT520 - Gender Theory (credits: 2) 
CLI PY621 - Advanced Seminar: Childhood and Adolescence Clinical Practice (credits: 2) 
PA777 - ADOS Training for Autism Assessment
SCH SB631 - Eating Disorders (credits: 3) 
CLI PT785 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Empirically Supported Psychological Treatment (credits: 2) 
SCH CC549 - Introduction Latino Culture (credits: 1) 
SCH CC550 - The Experience of Latinos in the United States I (credits: 1) 
SCH CC551 - Clinical Work with Latinos I (Clinical Work with Latinos in the United States) (credits: 1) 
CLI CS790 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population I (credits: 1) 
CLI CS791 - Clinical Seminar in Assessment with Latino Population II (credits: 1) 
SCH CC564 - Haiti Service Learning & Cultural Immersion Experience (credits: 1) 
Please note: Advanced standing students in the department of School Psychology completing CFAR as an Area of Emphasis will graduate with extra credits. 

Field Placement

  • Advanced Assessment Practicum: Brenner Center, relevant cases assigned where possible
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum: no additional requirements
  • At least 50% of doctoral internship with children and families, and at least 25% of those children and families should be a population with significant adversity

Additional Requirement

All CFAR Major Area of Study students in their first and second years are required to attend special meetings, largely didactic presentations and case presentations, scheduled once to twice per month.

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