Advanced Clinical Psychology with Children and Adolescents

Course code PSYC6510Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

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.

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 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.
Content1. 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
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. It is also assumed that students will have completed PSYC6506 Clinical Psychology with Children and Families.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay/s based on material presented in class plus readings
Group/tutorial participation and contributionClass 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 EnrolmentMaster of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Clinical and Health Psychology, and PhD (Clinical Psychology) programs.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC6510