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PSYC6503

Clinical Psychology with Adults

10 Units

Introduces students to the aetiology and assessment of the more common disorders of adults, including adjustment disorder, bereavement, depression, and the anxiety disorders. This teaching is integrated with instruction on methods of intervention, including pharmacotherapy and individual, couple and group psychotherapy, for these problems. Not to be counted with PSYC6602.

Faculty Faculty of Science and Information Technology
School School of Psychology
Availability Semester 1 - 2014 (Callaghan Campus)
Objectives

At the conclusion of the semester students will be able to:

  1. Identify the factors determining the formation and maintenance of the more common psychological disorders of adults.
  2. Develop appropriate treatment plans for the amelioration of the problems of adults.
  3. Communicate the conclusions of assessments of the problems of adults to the clients themselves and to others involved in their care.
  4. Engage adults in therapeutic alliances appropriate to the implementation of treatment plans.
  5. Implement treatment plans and evaluate their success.
  6. Identify signs that adults are a danger to themselves or to others and take appropriate action.
Content

The course involves identifying and assessing the following disorders and developing, implementing and evaluating treatment plans for these disorders:

  1. Adjustment disorder
  2. Depression and suicide
  3. Phobias
  4. Panic disorder
  5. Generalised anxiety disorder
  6. Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  7. Post-traumatic stress disorder

The course will also involve teaching on the following:

  1. Pharmacotherapy
  2. Marital and group therapies
Replacing Course(s) PSYC6602 Clinical Practice - 10 units
Transition Not applicable
Industrial Experience 0
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.
Modes of Delivery Internal Mode
Teaching Methods Problem Based Learning
Seminar
Workshop
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Essay
  • Presentations - Individual - In-class oral presentation of a clinical 'problem'/case study.
Contact Hours
  • Seminar: for 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Course Materials None listed
Timetable 2014 Course Timetables for PSYC6503

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