Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents


Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common psychological disorders of older children and adolescents including problems of affect disturbance; eating disorders; problems of substance abuse; personality development; and gender/social identity. The teaching also integrates instruction and discussion of methods of intervention.



  • Semester 1 - 2016

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of common psychological disorders of older children and adolescents.

2. Demonstrate an understanding of the assessment procedures and their appropriate application to the presenting case.

3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the various intervention strategies appropriate in these cases.

4. Explain concept of 'best practice' as determined by evidence-based treatments for the amelioration of these problems.

5. Show an awareness of the impact of the problems and interventions on the young person's social milieu.


  1. Problems of emotional distress
  2. Problems with eating
  3. Problems of personality development
  4. Problems of substance abuse
  5. Problems of social identity and social development
  6. Adjustment problems in adolescence
  7. Behavioural interventions
  8. Other intervention strategies


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. It is also assumed that students will have completed PSYC6506 Clinical Psychology with Children and Families.

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