Clinical Psychology with Children and Families


Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common disorders of young children, including problems of sleeping, eating, elimination, fears and phobias, defiant/oppositional behaviours; and integrates this teaching with instruction on methods of intervention, especially behavioural interventions, for these problems. Methods for child protection are also included.



  • Semester 2 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of the common psychological problems of young children.

2. Develop appropriate treatment plans for the amelioration of children's problems.

3. Communicate the conclusions of assessments of children's problems to the children's caregivers.

4. Engage the children's caregivers in therapeutic alliances appropriate to the implementation of treatment plans.

5. Implement treatment plans and evaluate their success.

6. Identify signs that children are in need of protection and take appropriate action.


  • Problems with sleeping
  • Problems with eating
  • Problems with elimination
  • Fears and phobias
  • Defiant/oppositional behaviour
  • Interventions with families
  • Behavioural interventions
  • Other intervention strategies
  • Child protection


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

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

Essay: Essay

Contact Hours



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