Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Clinical psychologists assess and treat complex cases across the lifespan. This course introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more complex psychological disorders of children and adolescents including problems of severe affect disturbance, eating disorders, self-harm, and psychosis. The teaching also integrates instruction and discussion of methods of intervention.

Availability2022 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of common and complex psychological disorders of children and adolescents including cultural context. (Competencies 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 4.2.1.i, 4.2.1.ii)

2. Apply appropriate assessment procedures to presenting cases. (Competencies 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 4.2.2.ii)

3. Explain and discuss the various intervention strategies appropriate to children and adolescents. (Competencies 3.9, 3.12, 4.2.3.i)

4. Explain the concept of 'best practice' as determined by evidence-based treatments for the amelioration of problems of for older children and adolescents. (Competencies 3.16, 4.2.1.ii, 4.2.3.iv)

5. Identify the impact of problems and interventions on children and adolescents’ social milieu. (Competency 4.2.3.ii)


  1. Oppositional Defiant Disorders and conduct disorder
  2. Bipolar Disorder and psychosis
  3. Self-harm and suicidal ideation
  4. Eating problems and disorders
  5. Substance use and risk-taking behaviours
  6. Evidence-based interventions with children and adolescents
  7. Psychopharmacology with children and adolescents



This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Clinical Psychology [40187] or the Doctor of Philosophy (Clinical Psychology) [11539 or 12452].

Assessment items

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study *

Presentation: Therapy Demonstration *

* 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:

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