Clinical Psychology with Adults

Course code PSYC6503Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

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. Not to be counted with PSYC6602.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the conclusion of the semester students will be able to:

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.
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)PSYC6602 Clinical Practice - 10 units
TransitionNot applicable
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeIt is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychological Society.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay
Presentations - IndividualIn-class oral presentation of a clinical 'problem'/case study.
Contact HoursSeminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis 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 programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6503