DECA-C (Clinical) Online Self-Paced Course
The DECA Clinical (DECA-C) is part of a strength-based system to promote social and emotional well-being in young children 2 to 6 years old. In recent years, the demand for additional tools and professional development to assist psychologists in addressing the distinctive requirements of assessing, consulting about, and treating children under 6 years old has significantly risen. This training opportunity is designed to share information and build skills around the use of the DECA-C tool in the context of a primary prevention and mental health promotion model, and used when needs of children cannot be met solely by programming at the universal and targeted levels.
A unique feature of the DECA-C is its dual emphasis on assessing both behavioral concerns as well as protective factors in young children. This training will ensure that participants walk away with an understanding of how to assess the severity of behavioral concerns and the extent of protective factors, so that interventions can focus on salient problems while building on the child's strengths, how to use the information as part of a multifaceted eligibility determination for special services, how to use within early intervention programs in meeting requirements, and how to compare scores between raters and use as an outcome measure.
The course takes approximately 1.5 hours to complete.