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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Children in Healthcare

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

This course will provide a foundational knowledge of the impact of medical illness/injury on the developmental and psychosocial well being of children, adolescents, and their families within health care. Students will gain an understanding of therapeutic interventions utilized to help reduce the negative impact of illness and increase the child/family's ability to cope. Core areas discussed include: psycho-education, therapeutic/supportive uses of play and expressive arts, death and dying, the health-care environment, family centered care, developmental stressors, and cultural and spiritual issues.



PSYC 210 and PSYC 221


The Children in Healthcare course will provide further study of human development, family dynamics, and clinical interventions as they relate to pediatric medical illness and injury. This course provides aspiring pediatric healthcare providers foundational tenets to address the psychosocial and developmental needs of children and families.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify developmental responses to illness, trauma, and death.
  2. Explain the multidimensional aspect of the healthcare continuum and its impact on patients, families, and healthcare staff.
  3. Describe developmental and psychosocial needs of children and therapeutic/educational interventions that enhance their level of coping.
  4. Explore personal bias and experiences that may impact clinical practice.
  5. Discuss the ethical, moral, and legal issues involved when providing support to families within the healthcare system.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The following textbook will be mailed to you free of charge.

Rollins, J. A., Bolig, R., & Mahan, C. C. (2018). Meeting children’s psychosocial needs across the health-care continuum (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed, Inc.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint
  5. APA Formatting Information:

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (5)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 75 words. Any citations must be in current APA format.

Site Visit

  1. Selection and Plan

The student will submit a 1-page plan that includes the location of his/her planned site visit as well as an approach to how he/she will complete the required 15 hours for the site visit. The assignment must be in current APA format.

NOTE: Most healthcare facilities require a background check and other time sensitive requirements before beginning volunteer hours. It is imperative that you identify a site as soon as possible to meet all requirements.

Students unable to complete the required hours may follow the alternative option. The student will submit a 1-page plan that identifies a psychosocial professional to interview in each of the following areas: well children and families, children and families under stress, and pediatric healthcare. The plan will also include an approach to complete each interview. The assignment must be in current APA format.

  1. Journals (3)

The student will complete 3 journals describing his/her experience and any clinical implications from course material observed at the site or discussed in the interview. Each journal must be a minimum of 500 words. All references must be cited in current APA format.

Healthcare Presentation

  1. Topic Selection

The student will submit a list of 3 topics, in order of interest, from the provided list of healthcare topics. The instructor will choose and approve a topic from the student’s list.

  1. References

The student will submit a reference page of at least 6 references in addition to the course textbook and material. Each article must include a paragraph describing the clinical implications related to the topic. The reference page must follow current APA format.

  1. Final

The student will create a PowerPoint presentation on a selected topic from a provided list dealing with children in healthcare. The presentation must contain 13–17 slides, not including an updated reference page. A minimum of 6 scholarly references in current APA format, in addition to the course textbook and Bible, must be included.

Exams (2)

Each exam will cover the Reading & Study material for the previous and assigned modules/weeks. Each exam will be open-book/open-notes. Each exam will contain 60 multiple-choice and true/false questions and 2 essay questions. The exams have a time limit of 1 hour and 45 minutes. Each essay response should have a minimum of 250 words.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (5 at 30 pts ea)


Site Visit

Selection and Plan

Journals (3 at 80 pts ea)




Healthcare Presentation

Topic Selection
















Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PSYC 450

Textbooks: Rollins et al. (2018). Meeting Children’s Psychosocial Needs Across the Health-Care Continuum.


Reading & Study




Rollins et al.: chs. 1–2

2 presentations

1 website

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

Site Visit Selection and Plan






Rollins et al.: chs. 3–4

2 presentations

DB Forum 2



Rollins et al.: chs. 5–6

3 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 3

Health Care Presentation Topic Selection




Rollins et al.: ch. 7

3 presentations

Site Visit Journal 1

Midterm Exam




Rollins et al.: chs. 8–9

2 presentations

1 website

Site Visit Journal 2

Health Care Presentation References




Rollins et al.: chs. 10–11

2 presentations

1 website

DB Forum 4

Site Visit Journal 3




Rollins et al.: ch. 12

1 presentation

DB Forum 5

Healthcare Presentation Final




Rollins et al.: ch 13

3 presentations

1 website

Final Exam




DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.