Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course 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.


  • 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

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study *

Essay: Essay *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Essay: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.

Contact hours



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