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Course Description

While less than 1% of students receive special education services under the category of Emotionally Behavioral Disabilities (EBD), far more (approximately 20% of today's students have emotional and/or behavioral disorders that negatively impact academic and social outcomes. In this course students will examine foundational issues related to EBD including law and policy, racial and ethnic disparities, and historical and philosophical approaches that inform current programming. Prevention and intervention strategies will be explored from individual and system-side perspectives that integrate mental health, academic instruction and behavioral interventions. Etiology, medical and educational diagnosis, characteristics of internalizing and externalizing behaviors, as well as family and community issues will be investigated.
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