Available in 2021
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Psychologists are required to have an understanding of developmental and psychological issues that occur across the lifespan. This course introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common disorders of children and adolescents and integrates this teaching with instruction on methods of intervention, especially behavioural interventions, for these problems. Methods for child protection are also included. This course includes culturally sensitive information and practices especially related to children and families who identify as Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander.

Prior to 2021, this course was named Clinical Psychology with Children and Families.

Availability2021 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2021

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 children and adolescents including cultural context. (Competencies 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.2.1.i, 4.2.1.ii)

2. Develop appropriate and culturally responsive treatment plans for the amelioration of children and adolescents' problems. (Competencies 3.2, 4.2.2.ii)

3. Communicate the conclusions of assessments of children and adolescents’ problems to their caregivers using culturally appropriate language. (Competencies 3.3, 3.8)

4. Engage the children and adolescents’ caregivers in therapeutic alliances appropriate to the implementation of treatment plans using cultural sensitivity. (Competencies 3.8, 3.9)

5. Implement treatment plans and evaluate their success. (Competencies 3.2, 3.7, 3.9, 4.2.2.iv)

6. Identify signs that children and adolescents are in need of protection and take appropriate action in accordance with ethical and legal frameworks to ensure public safety. (Competency 3.13)


  • Child and adolescent development
  • Parenting programs/interventions with families
  • Personality development/adjustment/social identity
  • Relationships, sexuality and gender issues
  • Trauma, abuse and neglect
  • Problems with sleeping/eating/toileting
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Anxiety
  • Depression 


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Professional Psychology [40117], the Master of Clinical Psychology [40187], or the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) [11539].

Assumed knowledge

It is assumed that students will have completed a four-year program in Psychology which has been accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC).

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Essay *

Written Assignment: Case Study *

* 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:

  • Written Assignment: 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

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