Clinical Psychology with Adults


Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common disorders of adults, including adjustment disorder, bereavement, depression, and the anxiety disorders. This teaching is integrated with instruction on methods of intervention, including pharmacotherapy and individual, couple and group psychotherapy, for these problems.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of the more common psychological disorders of adults.

2. Develop appropriate treatment plans for the amelioration of the problems of adults.

3. Communicate the conclusions of assessments of the problems of adults to the clients themselves and to others involved in their care.

4. Engage adults in therapeutic alliances appropriate to the implementation of treatment plans.

5. Implement treatment plans and evaluate their success.

6. Identify signs that adults are a danger to themselves or to others and take appropriate action.


The course involves identifying and assessing the following disorders and developing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans for these disorders:

1. Adjustment disorder

2. Depression and suicide

3. Phobias

4. Panic disorder

5. Generalised anxiety disorder

6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder

7. Post-traumatic stress disorder

The course will also involve teaching on the following:

8. Pharmacotherapy

9. Marital and group therapies


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical & Health Psychology, PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Assumed Knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.

Assessment Items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Weekly in-class interactive case-work

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study

Presentation: Critical case presentation

Essay: Essay

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term