Clinical Psychology with Children and Families

Course code PSYC6506Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common disorders of young children, including problems of sleeping, eating, elimination, fears and phobias, and 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
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 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.
Content* 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
Replacing Course(s)None
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/s based on material presented in classes and readings.
Group/tutorial participation and contribution1. Class participation demonstrating preparation and involvement. Students will be rated on their (1) focus on the working problem, (2) commitment and professional attitude, (3) respect for the contributions of others, (4) participation in deliberations, (5) Quality of information provided.
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, PhD in Clinical Psychology,and the Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6506